GOBI's Album Release Party to Take Place on February 7 at Holy Mountain
Austin-based EDM group GOBI to re-release debut LP 'Gold On Black Ice' with five brand new unreleased tracks; album in stores and online Feb. 10, 2015
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 11/18/2014, 3:04 p.m.
(AUSTIN, TEXAS - November 2014; source: Juice Consulting) - Indie Electro Dance Group GOBI has announced their official album release party for the "Gold On Black Ice (Deluxe Edition)" on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Holy Mountain located at 617 E 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and GOBI will perform at 11 p.m. with special guests to be announced. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. The first 25 people who buy advance tickets will get a free signed LP. For advance ticket sales, please see: www.holymountainaustin.com. For more information on GOBI, please see the band's official website: www.goldonblackice.com.
"This album is the first time we've been able to spend the countless nights/hours we needed to create a sound and feeling that we truly feel epitomizes the music we've been wanting to produce for years," said Chuco Phil, GOBI's vocalist. "We grew a lot while writing this album. Everyone in the group has gone through changes from losing loved ones, to exploring more of this beautiful place we call the world, and in writing 'Gold On Black Ice' - we wanted to make a dance-driven synth-heavy album with a soul, tracks that have melodies and are fun, but have underlining tones of depth."
The "Gold On Black Ice (Deluxe Edition)" was produced by GOBI, co-produced by Aj Vallejo and Colin "Cadillac" Roberts and mixed by Colin "Cadillac" Roberts. The album features 13 songs written by GOBI and a cover of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home." GOBI's "Gold On Black Ice (Deluxe Edition)" takes the Austin-based trio's indie-dance style and adds new depths, allowing the bass and beats to drive fans to the dance floor, but also creating images of fading dreams and a nostalgic yearning for the past. It is rare to find this type of dimension from a band known for turning Texas clubs into blazing dance floors, but GOBI has achieved the balance of meshing dark, sometimes cinematic beats, with the mosaic of imagery that vocalist Chuco Phil delivers through tight rap-inspired flows and melodic choruses. GOBI's single "Dream With Me" seems to rise from a place that is both comfort and pain, a landscape that soothes with swooping synth tones, and haunts with a touching grace.
On the LP, Justin Dillon accomplishes the majority of the heavy electronic emphasis in the production, using analog synths and modern plug-ins, taking cues and inspiration from the likes of Deadmau5 and Nero, but the band is far from pushing play when it comes to their live performance. Though GOBI presents itself on record as an electronic heavy group, drummer Matthew Kevin Dunn adds a live element that is a spiritual awakening for percussion enthusiasts.
"'Gold On Black Ice' is the culmination of over 10 years working on electronic music production," said Beatmaker / Guitarist Justin Dillon. "I feel like I was finally able to clearly communicate through music on this album."
"On this project I was able to express and develop my personal style using a variety of percussive elements including djembes, congas, claves, and of course more cowbell," said the band's drummer Matthew Kevin Dunn. "As a drummer and percussionist, I have the ability to use instruments from across the world to convey a message and provide a cathartic outlet for myself."