LOS ANGELES (Union Records) - Los Angeles based Union Records announced the release of Tally Of The Yes Men, the debut CD from the band Goldspot. In a short time, the Los Angeles based group (who have been championed by KCRW's Nic Harcourt) have not only become the first group to podcast a "Morning Becomes Eclectic" session on KCRW but have also earned Buzz Band status in the Los Angeles Times. Their podcast (which was in the top 10 on the iTunes podcast home page for weeks) reached over 20,000 listeners, and garnered them a legion of new fans.
Goldspot's music is an inspired melding of decades of rock and pop influences with the melodic sensibilities of traditional Indian music. Imagine Paul Simon heading to Mumbai to record his next record and listening to the Cure on the flight and you"re getting close. Hence, Goldspot's relentless yet delicate melodic prowess, and what they term their "Bollywood" undertones within Western guitar-pop templates.
Siddhartha (founder/lead singer/songwriter of Goldspot) is quick to pay tribute to his early influences: "I grew up listening to whatever my parents had in their cassette decks - Mohd, Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Muskesh - these were great Indian playback singers from the 1940's and 50's and the melodies were brilliant. And then one day when I was fourteen, I figured out that if you flipped the switch on the stereo from "tape" to "radio" you could hear the music with English words. That's when I heard R.E.M.'s Green, and was my first introduction to Western music."
Goldspot thrives on Siddhartha's creative chemistry with drummer and co-writer Ramy Antoun. 'sid would come to me with demos of the songs that he had recorded in his apartment, we would finish them together." "We both have similar backgrounds," notes Siddhartha, referring to his Indian upbringing and Ramy's formative years in Egypt. "There's a lot of connection on that level," confirms Ramy. Goldspot is: Siddhartha, vocals and guitar; Ramy Antoun, drums; Sergio Andrade, bass; Derek Horst, guitar, vocals and Seth McLain, keys, guitar, vocals.
Tally of The Yes Men will be released on February 21, 2006 and their song "Time Bomb" will be featured on "The OC" on January 19th.