James Robinson goes solo at the James Street Vaults, Plymouth
JAMES Robinson is home alone tonight after seven years fronting Brighton-based Two Spot Gobi.
The city singer-songwriter has a free gig with his new self-titled band, appropriately at the James Street Vaults.
The Plymouth date will deliver tracks from his debut solo EP, Ropes, and is part of a mini South West tour this weekend.
Distinguished by their unique cello and trumpet sound, TSG enjoyed success touring in California with Grammy award-winner Jason Mraz, recording their second album at his San Diego studios, and supporting him in Europe and the UK with gigs at Hammersmith Apollo.
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They played numerous shows and festivals around the UK, shared stages with everyone from Newton Faulkner in Plymouth to Bruno Mars in LA.
Despite garnering a solid fanbase, they never quite found their niche in the music industry.
Earlier this year, James felt the time was right to move on and the band went their separate ways.
"It was really difficult as I wasn't sure that stepping outside of the only music project I have known would do me any favours," says James.
"For a while I've been wanting the freedom to write without having to filter songs through the other band members – I had already written a few songs that didn't really suit the band.
"But it can be a double-edged sword at the same time – once you have that freedom you ask yourself, 'OK, now what do I really want to say?'"
Ropes – produced by Max Gilkes, who has worked with Lily Allen, Roots Manuva and Fink – features five soul-searching offerings essentially about finding out who you are and what you want from life.
The one which resonates especially well, If It Don't Mean Nothing, is a wistful jazz-infused ballad augmented by an accompanying video, shot by Alexander Thomas which has received plenty of positive plaudits on YouTube.
"The response to it has been great," says James, "just what I'd hoped for. People seem to relate to it, both musos and non-musos.
"It's a reflective song, simply asking whether you're really spending your time wisely, are you giving your life's energy to the things that are most important, or should you move on."
However he's not all about reflective, downbeat stuff. Within the new band line-up there's a lot of energy and plenty of up-tempo vibe.
The rhythm section consists of Brighton-based drummer Sam Johnson and bass player Leo Clark.
"They're brilliant musicians, young and eager to get out and play. Then Alec I met at One Love in Plymouth after Christmas and I was blown away by the fabulous tones he got out of his Stratocaster.
"He's the leader of local band Freshly Squeezed, so I was delighted when he said he'd like to be involved.
"We played our first shows in Brighton and London last week as part of a seven-date tour and the energy was really special.
"We're just hoping people will come, check us out and see what we're about."
Catch James and his band at JSV tonight – when they'll be playing new tunes, a few TSG songs and even the odd cover – and again at the Barrelhouse in Totnes tomorrow night.