Ben Ottewell of Gomez
October 04, 2017 8:00 pm
with special guest Buddy
Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm
"It was going to be calledÂÂ Bones That Catch The Light," says Ben Ottewell of his third solo album, "but when I mentioned that to friends they either sniggered like Beavis and Butthead or thought it was too wordy."
In the end this Chesterfield-born, Derbyshire-raised singer-songwriter opted forÂÂ A Man Apart, a title with a pleasing ambiguity. "It could refer to my solo career away from Gomez, or to the crazy populist politics demagogues and thugs that seem to rule our world right now," he explains. "Or it could simply refer to a broken man; someone who has fallen apart."
Given that Ben turned 40 last summer, and given that next year marks the 20th Anniversary of his former band Gomez's Mercury Music Prize-winning debutÂÂ Bring It On, it was perhaps inevitable that his latest record was preceded by a fair amount of stock-taking and personal reflection.