Described as a "true, natural musician" (Jonathan L, Lopsided World of L) and a self-proclaimed "perennial outsider and underdog", Gozer Goodspeed is an independent artist rapidly carving out his own niche in the music world. Playing a potent cocktail of blues-folk-rock music - which also seamlessly blends in elements of melodic indie and psychedelia - Goodspeed is a songwriting force to be reckoned with, doing exactly what comes most naturally, making music that is entirely his own.
Emerging onto the Plymouth music scene in early 2016, Gozer has since become a permanent fixture on the Westcountry live circuit in the UK, developing an ever-growing reputation for his energetic and impassioned solo shows, which utilise live-looping to make maximum use of his unique guitar skills. Never happier than when he’s onstage, Gozer is now a firm favourite with gig-goers and music lovers across Devon and Cornwall, and has quickly become a regular feature on the regional festival circuit too, routinely playing solo on main stages on bills otherwise reserved for full bands.
As much as he loves the stage, Gozer is equally at home in the studio, and his recorded output has reflected his ongoing desire to evolve and develop. Lauded early on by the likes of BBC Introducing for his 2016 debut acoustic EP 'Rattlebone Colour', Gozer went on to record two further mostly acoustic EPs with ace producer Josiah J. Manning (recently acclaimed for his work with the Kris Barras Band) - 2017’s 'The Barrel Headlong into the Night EP' and 2018's EP ‘Impossible to Pick Up’. These EPs were packed full of strong songs that had been honed on the stage in front of live audiences, and ably demonstrated Gozer's desire to adapt his sound and push his boundaries at every turn. Read more about the EPs here.
Late 2019 saw the release of Gozer's widely acclaimed debut album, 'Running with the Outliers', which can be read all about here. Working with prodigiously talented producer Chris Love at the newly-built Whistlewood Studios in Plymouth, Gozer crafted an album that Kevin Burke of The Big Takeover magazine called "an album of gravel-soaked grace". Songs from the album have been played on radio shows and playlists by tastemakers from around the globe, and have featured in several high-profile places, such as FATEA magazine's quarterly download of recommended listening.
Late 2020 / early 2021 saw Gozer record a new EP - 'Rebuilt And Remade' - and also pen a brand new album, set to be recorded in the latter half of 2021. Now working with his full band, Gozer Goodspeed & The Neon Gamblers - comprising Bill Birks on bass and Charlie Bishop on drums - some very exciting live shows are being are also being lined up for 2021, which are set to take the Gozer live experience to the next level. To stay up to date on all Gozer's news, be sure to subscribe to his mailing list here.
"... a singular voice on the scene. When you’ve heard him once, you’d know him anywhere"
- James Fenney, Belwoodmusic.com
Stage photographs by Richie Bolgiani