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two-spotOscars week. The usual frenzy on the red carpet, the hullabaloo over dresses, overly emotional speeches and film directors clutching little gold awards.  With America still reeling from the triumphant (and rightful) presidential elections, the first Oscars during Obama’s reign took place this week in LA.  And once again our beautiful limy stars are there in force, pushing aside their transatlantic counterparts for a disproportionate slice of the golden pie, with Winslet and co gaining what is dutifully theirs; a golden balled little man.

However, just down the street you’ll find the Oscars parties, where the rest of the Cali massive gather to stroke each others’ proverbial feathers.  And what’s this?  A band from Devon?  Performing at an Oscars afterparty?!  You’d better believe your eyes because happily ensconced on a massive stage at the Mr Chow club, playing their soulful British funk and jazz filled tunes, are a band by the name of Two Spot Gobi.

Plymouth born front man, James Robinson, sings with the swagger and aplomb that all great British front men seem to have in spades, possibly a result of the songwriting gold and a the confidence in the skills of the band behind him to fill the room with an air of very British celebration. Playing at Leeza Gibbons’ Oscar night after party at Mr Chow in LA, Two Spot hit some international recognition, and cemented their status as an awesome band with a very golden future.

With future dates supporting Jason Mraz at the Hammersmith Apollo, Manchester Academy One and the Academy in Brum, you can catch our home comers at the Barbican Theatre on 11 April or at The Hippo, Plymouth on 19 June. If they’re not camped in the Hollywood foothills by then.


Words: Torstrand Clash