A fresh sound to my ears, British or wherever, it s new for the world, says Jason Mraz about six piece organic pop band Two Spot Gobi. Mraz caught the band at an intimate club in Plymouth two years ago and has since invited them to support him in the UK and at his three largest US 2009 dates in his home state of California.<BR> Many performances, festivals and four EPs down the line, the band released Sunshine Lady as a download only single in June 2008. An unashamedly up vibe dose of sophisticated summer pop, it grabbed the ears of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton who praised the track as the ultimate summer jam. Overnight the Gobi MySpace was clogged with around 20,000 hits from smitten new fans and promoters alike, and the band followed up demand for shows stateside with a US TV debut on Good Morning Arizona. This followed with appearances on the East Coast before linking up with Mraz for arena dates at Greek Theatres in Berkley, LA and San Diego.<BR> The band also performed at the 1st Annual Leeza Gibbons Oscar Night at Mr. Chow, where Gibson and Channel M sponsored them on stage, which was broadcast live over the web on Glam.com, Variety.com and ExtraTV.com.<BR> As a 2009 debut album release of Everywhere You Should Have Been , reaching What s Hot on the iTunes home page, the record masters a diverse yet cohesive amalgam of their constantly eclectic-evolving sound. You may have seen campaign initiatives gain the following public recognitions:<BR> - Fame Games radio show on America s ABC Radio Networks (now Citadel) as best Multi-Style Artist - Sunshine Lady Music Video programmed Worldwide/Nationwide in; 300+ Bars & Night Clubs, Casinos & Resorts, Cruise Ships, Hotels, Restaurants, Retailers and other nightlife establishments, AirAustral s daily-flight route Paris-La Réunion-Sydney, AOL Music, Billboard.com, LATV, Macy's, Nordstrom, SingingFool.com, Sony Bravia s On-Demand Music Video ChannelSteve Madden, <Yahoo! Music, etc.<BR> - Internet Radio Programming in; Clear Channel Online web property iHeartMusic.com, Jango, Pandora, Slacker Radio, Spotify, Yahoo! LaunchCast, etc.<BR> You ve also gotta see these guys live! Enjoy the album.
If the fusion of funk and pop sounds appealing to you, then you will love Two Spot Gobi.<BR> Their single, Sunshine Lady, has all the ingredients to be the perfect summer jam. --- Perez Hilton, PerezHilton.com
It looks like the band Two Spot Gobi is taking off on another great start this year. After confirming more UK tour dates in support of Jason Mraz along his European tour, the band has also been confirmed to perform at the 1st Annual Leeza Gibbons Oscar Night @ Mr. Chow. With Gibson providing the backline for Two Spot Gobi at this event and Channel M shooting their live performance for a range of retail television networks and original music programming, on top of being broadcasted live via webcast on ExtraTV.com, Glam.com and Variety.com, the Gobi s continue to make a mark for themselves as true emerging indies making noise.<BR> The Gobi s first full-length release titled Everywhere You Should Have Been debuts today, Tuesday, February 17th, with much anticipation surrounding the record that features a catalogue of diverse, yet cohesive amalgam of their constantly evolving sound. The eclectic touch of trumpet and cello gives this release a mind of its own. --- Josh East, OpenMusicWire.com
Since their last West Country show, soulful and funky alternative pop outfit Two Spot Gobi have conquered an audience of 8,500 in San Francisco, opened stadium shows for US star Jason Mraz and performed for the stars at a high-profile Oscars after-show party in Los Angeles.<BR> So it will be a rather bolder, more confident and buzzing band stepping out on stage to launch their debut album at a 120-seater Plymouth theatre this month.<BR> Singer James Robinson, proud West Country frontman of the six-piece Brighton-born band, says: Up until a couple of weeks ago, the San Francisco show was probably the biggest, grandest, most special musical moment for all of us; it was just crazy, a sea of people in front of us but that was before Portugal...<BR> That involved 5,000-capacity sell-out shows in Lisbon and Porto again opening for the delightful Jason Mraz where the guys were overwhelmed by the rapturous crowd response.<BR> We were first on the bill, followed by this brilliant acoustic singer songwriter Marit Larsen. But the crowd went so bananas for us that the atmosphere was a bit lost afterwards, so they swapped us to second on for the next show, says James.<BR> Jason Mraz, from the beautiful Californian city of San Diego, spotted Two Spot Gobi playing a gig in Plymouth when he came to the city as opening act for James Blunt at the Pavilions a couple of years ago.<BR> The singer songwriter, whose latest album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. is a worldwide hit, has been supportive ever since, inviting the band on tour and helping them with US contacts.<BR> Jason is a phenomenal live performer. It s funny that he was one of the first artists to influence me when I was first really getting into performing and finding my voice at 17 or 18, says James.<BR> Now it is pretty surreal being on tour with him, seeing him backstage, singing a song with him.<BR> James describes Two Spot Gobi as brimming with confidence as they embark on some high profile UK supports with Jason ahead of the albums launch and their own handful of headline dates.<BR> He s personally relishing the thought of a very different, intimate homecoming gig at the Barbican Theatre to showcase a recording that represents the story so far.<BR> It s going to be very special, reveals James. People down here are used to us just going wild, but this is going to be a mix of mellow and upbeat, with our friend Dave Webb, one of the greatest tenors in the country, as a guest singer.<BR> The album, Everywhere You Should Have Been, boasts 12 tracks honed over the band s three and a half years together and recorded in London with producer Jonny Male (former Republica guitarist). It s packed with numbers that are familiar from their live set, including cool, summery single Sunshine Lady.<BR> The unique Two Spot sound took form when James (also in charge of the band s artwork and graphics) teamed up with classical cellist Rob Lewis (a godsend in the band management role), rock funk guitarist Dino Randhawa and percussion maestro Ben Matthews at university in Brighton.<BR> After a couple of line-up changes, they recruited jazz graduate Matt Ellis on trumpet and most recently bassist Matt Harris, fresh from the ranks of Columbia signings The Stiff Dylans.<BR> The noise they make is a fresh and funky, moody and melodic musical melee that is proving its appeal with audiences across the board. Another album is already on the cards, with recording sessions to be booked in San Diego. --- Jackie Butler, WhatsOnSouthWest.co.uk