British rock act Gomez will release its third album, "In Our Gun," in North America on April 23 via Hut/Virgin, five weeks after its March 18 international release. The album is the follow-up to 1999'

British rock act Gomez will release its third album, "In Our Gun," in North America on April 23 via Hut/Virgin, five weeks after its March 18 international release. The album is the follow-up to 1999's "Liquid Skin," which debuted at No. 30 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. It will be supported with a 16-date U.K. tour, due to begin April 9 in Cork, Ireland.

Guitarist Ian Ball tells Billboard.com the album's title track was inspired by the 2001 presidential elections. "It was written at the time of the U.S. election fiasco," he says. "The main theme of it is shock that a country the size of America, a democracy, can basically fix an election and do it very blatantly. It was a farce but in the end I think the American people were just like, 'well, give us a president.'"

The thumping bass and deep, sax-led groove of first single "Shot Shot" is reminiscent of Morphine, a band Ball says are "one of those acts you mean to listen to but just end up missing. As a whole, "In Our Gun" is not a great departure from Gomez's established brand of loose, rhythmic rock. The escalating intensity of the title track and uplifting, breezy shuffle of closer "Ballad of Nice And Easy" are stand-out moments.

The self-produced set was written and recorded in the first half of 2001, a factor that obviously influenced its overall mood. "At the time of writing, before Sept. 11, their was a definite feeling that something was going to happen on account of George Bush getting in and the fact he was mistreating the environment and mistreating the whole world," Ball says. "Basically, there was just that sense of impending violence that I thought was quite inevitable. It was written during quite a violent year."

Gomez's collective fascination with the U.S. will only be stoked by upcoming promotional duties for the new album. "It's pretty intense in America mainly due to its size," Ball admits. "The concept of America as one country is strange, as each state is so vastly different from the other. It's seems like many countries stuck together, using the same currency."

Here are Gomez's tour dates:

April 9: Cork, Ireland (Savoy)
April 10: Dublin (Ambassador)
April 11: Belfast, Ireland (Mandela Hall)
April 13: Edinburgh (Corn Exchange)
April 14: Newcastle, England (Newcastle University)
April 16: Sheffield, England (City Hall)
April 17: Manchester, England (Apollo)
April 18: Liverpool, England (Royal Court)
April 19: Leicester, England (De Montfort Hall)
April 21: Bristol, England (Academy)
April 22: Birmingham, England (Academy)
April 24: Exeter, England (Great Hall)
April 25: Portsmouth, England (Guildhall)
April 26: Cambridge, England (Corn Exchange)
April 28: Norwich, England (UEA)
April 29: London (Brixton Academy)

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