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John Ostby, lead vocals, keyboards
Eric Fawcett, drums, vocals
Brent Paschke, guitar, vocals
Christian Twigg, bass

How do you describe a year in which your band toured the world, played on a gold-selling record, performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” scored radio and MTV airplay, garnered critical acclaim, shared stages with everyone from David Bowie to Jay-Z and recorded its debut album?

“I call that a really good year,” says vocalist John Ostby, whose group Spymob hit it big in 2002 as the backing band for Neptunes side project N.E.R.D. For the average artist, such achievements usually mark the summation of an entire career — if they’re lucky. Spymob, however, is just getting started.

Their eagerly awaited debut album Sitting Around Keeping Score glows with the absorbed influences of Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Jellyfish and Split Enz. It’s also the first rock album released on Star Trak, the new Arista subsidiary founded by the Neptunes.

About the Neptunes/N.E.R.D. collaboration, Ostby says, “It changed our world. One day we were playing hole-in-the-wall gigs in our hometown of Minneapolis and the next we’re touring Europe and performing on BBC’s ‘Top of the Pops.’ It’s the kind of stuff you dream about from the day you learn to play, but not something you can plan.”


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  • mcmire

    I so miss these guys... Sitting Around Keeping Score is one of my fave albums. Doesn't seem like they'll ever come back though. I know Eric Fawcett and Brent Paschke made it big (you can find them on Twitter). No clue where John Ostby went to though. Man that guy has great vocals.

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LikeACarillon

    [bio] ...and then faded into obscurity.

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Rasa_lastFM

    влюбилась в German Test Drive

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • disasterhead

    i dig them

    25 Sep 2008 Reply
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  • mwitzke

    I got their free single on itunes a long time ago. It sounds good.

    10 Mar 2007 Reply
  • DanAbnrml9

    They should do a song with Betty White. She could sing a jazzy rendition of Sitting Around Keeping Score, maybe.

    10 Mar 2007 Reply
  • DanAbnrml9

    What's going on with these guys? Are they ever going to release another album? Sitting Around Keeping Score is one of my favorite albums this decade!

    6 Mar 2007 Reply

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