The voice of UK heroes Gomez, Ben Ottewell returns to Australia this November for a series of intimate solo shows. Gomez celebrated 20 years of their Mercury award-winning album, Bring It On, earlier this year and left sell out crowds gasping for more. Come to join a fine evening of song as Ben works through his solo and Gomez catalogue to please any fan’s requests. Guest on the night will be L.A. artist, Buddy. Ben also plays Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival.
With an avid following from the days in his former band Gomez, A Man Apart is singer/songwriter Ben Ottewell‘s third solo offering and follows his albums Shapes and Shadows and Rattlebag. The album is a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, the album was recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield and engineered and produced in the latter by Martin Smith (Richard Hawley).
A Man Apart delves into such relevant subjects as love and relationships, fame and politics. The album’s title track focuses on populist politicians exploiting people’s hopes and fears, with ‘Bones’ touching on the realisation of not being worthy of someone, and opener ‘Own It‘, sees Ben reflect on his time growing up in public in Gomez. New single ‘Watcher’ is the perfect introduction to the album and despite its pensive meaning, is a melodic Americana led track that builds into a memorable bluesy and soulful chorus.
14/11/18 – Auckland, NZ – Tuning Fork – With Buddy
15/11/18 – Brisbane, QLD – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall – With Buddy
17/11/18 to 18/11/18 – Mullumbimby, NSW – Mullum Music Festival
18/11/18 – Newtown, NSW – Leadbelly – With Buddy
20/11/18 – Coogee, NSW – Coogee Diggers – With Buddy
21/11/18 – Oakleigh, VIC – Caravan Music Club – With Buddy
22/11/18 – Belgrave, VIC – Sooki Lounge – With Buddy
23/11/18 – Brunswick, VIC – The Spotted Mallard – With Buddy
24/11/18 – Queenscliff, VIC – Queenscliff Music Festival
25/11/18 – Hobart, TAS – Peppermint Bay Hotel – With Buddy