Drawing inspiration from both the musical and cinematic era of the 1980’s, MOBS the Melbourne based quartet have spent a lot of time crafting their niche sound. Mixing old: Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Billy Ocean, Tears for Fears; with new: COIN, LANY, LAUV, The 1975, M83. Writing songs from the perspective of main characters in specific classic 80’s films is just one of the ways the band intend to stand out, bringing another dimension to their story. ‘We have always been a huge fan of the 80’s era musical and cinematically’ says Matt Purcell ‘To gel these 2 concepts together we believe it represents our vision within the band’.
MOBS has a rich history, beginning in 2015 as an acoustic duo of Michael Ashfield (Guitar) and Jordan Clarey (Vocals/Keys), but soon growing to include Matt Purcell (Drums) and Scott MacDougall (Bass/Keys). In early 2017 MOBS was introduced to the world, debut EP’s ‘Bad Love’ and ‘You Want Beauty’ received instant commercial success on International Radio and TV. Tracks ‘Dark Side Of A Good Thing’ and ‘Say Anything’ boasting rotation on Hit FM, KISS FM alongside live TV appearances on USA’s MTV and Channel 9. The band were also featured in a plethora of US Press outlets including Alternative Press Magazine, Rock’n’Load, New Noise Magazine and Alt Wire, covering the band multiple single releases. Not wanting to miss a beat MOBS took the opportunity to tour across Australia and China with the likes of With Confidence, The Maine, and Deaf Havana. Closing the EP cycle left MOBS perfectly poised for what was lined up next.
‘Cinema Paradiso’ – the bands Debut Album due for release on World Wide Label Rude Records in February 2020 encapsulates the bands international goals. Following the Label signing, the band struck deals with internationally renowned UK based Booking Agency ITB (Aerosmith, Blink 182, Neil Young) and US Powerhouse Agency Sound Talent Group (Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society, Run DMC). Boasting a strong international presence, the band look to the future and their impressive international touring schedule in support of the Debut Album – Multiple trips across the pond to the UK and Europe alongside a gruelling yet rewarding US tour schedule supporting Set It
Off, Capstan and Cherry Pools. 2020 is just the start of breaking out of Australia for MOBS.
MOBS, who have always entertained and won fans over with their catchy melodies and high energy live performances will be bringing these new tracks on the road with them throughout 2020, with invites to iconic overseas festivals including UK based ‘The Great Escape’, and ‘Sound City Liverpool’, and multiple US & Canadian Tours early in the year. ‘The nostalgic pop sound that we have created is something that we have been working on for a really long time and it’s amazing that we have the opportunity to take these songs overseas and showcase them to people on the other side of the world’ mentions Scott.
‘We are all very positive’ Jordan says ‘We want to show the world who we are. We love what we do and we want to grow and continue this very exciting journey together’