Gomez Celebrates 15th Anniversary With 'Lost' Songs Compilation

Gomez Celebrates 15th Anniversary With 'Lost' Songs Compilation

Gomez plans to celebrate its 15th anniversary as a band this year by digging into its vaults for a collection of "abandoned songs and lost children."

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The group's Ian Ball tells Billboard.com that the British rockers are plotting a release called "Shattered By Experts," which he describes as "basically a while heap of archive recordings... We found this box of tapes in my parent's house and we're loading it on to a computer and seeing what we can do with it all. It'll be a completely eccentric, crazy album, but I think people will really like it."

Ball says Gomez has "about 50 things" loaded onto a hard drive that the group is starting to sort through for the release. "It stretches from back before we were Gomez to the last album," he says. "It's from every period. It's kind of fun hearing the various transitions and how the different recording technologies change and our voices getting deeper." The band is reviewing the material during its current North American tour, but Ball says no one's sure if the recordings will remain as-is or if Gomez will embellish them in any way.

"We definitely want to be careful of Frankenstein-ing or George Lucas-ing anything too much," he explains. "We don't want to be doing any of that. But there's definitely some things that the quality can be improved on. There's a lot of rough mixes of stuff that we might turn around a little bit."

Ball says there are no other firm plans for a 15th anniversary celebration other than continued touring to promote Gomez's latest album, "Whatever's On Your Mind." The quintet is in North America through March 20, then returns for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 27. Ball adds that "we've got a few dates in Europe, then probably will take it down to Australia," but none of those have been announced yet.

As for Gomez turning 15, Ball says the group is happy but showing a few ravages of age. "Frequently we'll go into a place we've played before and be looking around to see if we recognize anything about it," he says.

"It used to be a couple of people would remember stuff, but now we've gotten to a point where nobody remembers anything!" He adds that Gomez "just started as a little hobby; if it wasn't something we were doing professionally, I'm sure we'd be [making music] anyway. The longevity has really come through our own blood, sweat and tears. We've kept going because we've kept going, and it's really cool because there's so few of our contemporaries that are still going, and we're still here, doing it well. That makes us proud."