Not that their tunes are that obscure to warrant such a label. Sounding like the Stereophonics infused with a stoner-rock vibe and psychedelic blues, Gomez's discs -- Bring It On, 1999's Liquid Skin, and 2002's Beta Band-quirky In Our Gun -- are the type of hearty pub albums that fit comfortably next to classic rockers in the jukebox. In fact, although In Our Gun felt a little new-wave-experimental, thanks to the occasional sax freakout or keyboard cry, their 2004 disc, Split the Difference, is firmly rooted in bar-band bluster. Here, the sprawling ideas are pared down to tight, focused songs that lose none of their earthy appeal or incense-flecked aura.
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