|Inspired by 80s pop culture, music and cinema, MOBS capture a sense of nostalgia in their sound and style, coined by critics as “power pop” or “synth filled retro bangers.” The Melbourne (Australia) four-piece, creatively examine coming-of-age movies to understand how such films have a sense of relatability and are full of emotion. By exploring this notion, they expand on such messaging and feeling, directly into their lyrics and sound. This theme can be heard in their brand new EP, You Want Beauty?, out today via Rude Records. The EP features the single, “Say Anything,” which was inspired by the Cameron Crowe movie, Say Anything.|
|MOBS – ‘Say Anything’ (Official Music Video)|
|The single is written in the perspective of the protagonist, announcing that he’ll do whatever she needs him to do, as long as he makes her happy. The EP, which oozes with catchy melodies and is boosted with high energy, is available now for purchase here.|
The EP comes one month after the release of their EP, Bad Love, featuring lead single, “Dark Side Of A Good Thing.”
To celebrate the recent signing with independent label, Rude Records, and the releases of Bad Love and You Want Beauty?, MOBS have entered the studio to record their debut full-length, which is due for release later this year.
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MOBS has a rich history. What began as an acoustic duo in 2013 with Michael Ashfield (Guitar) and Jordan Clarey (Vocals/Keys) forming as Move On Be Strong, soon grew to include drummer Matt Purcell in June that same year. In April 2015, Scott MacDougall (Bass/Keys) was added and the band, as it is currently known, was complete. Touring with the likes of Short Stack and With Confidence and having released two EP’s and three singles, Move On Be Strong grew from strength to strength and a fan base to boot. In early 2017 the band rebranded under the acronym of MOBS after a shift in their musical direction.
The band have spent a lot of time crafting their niche sound, mixing old: drawing inspiration by 80’s icons including Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, Mr Mister, Whitney Houston, Steve Winwood and Billy Ocean; with new including pop culture stalwarts LANY, COIN, M83, 1975, Joan, LAUV – to name a few. Don’t be quick to pigeonhole the band though, the band have experimented, drawing sounds from a retro era and writing songs from the perspective of the main character of specific 80’s or 90’s films. At a time when styles of 80’s retro is making its return to this modern day… the world just can’t get away from 80’s nostalgia, which is fruitful for MOBS to create their own unique footprint.
“We have always been a huge fan of the 80’s era musically and cinematically. To gel these two concepts together we believe it represented our vision going forward with the band.” Scott adds: “the nostalgic pop sound that we have put out there is something that we have been working on for a really long time and it’s great that we can branch out into such a broad genre yet still recognise where we have come from.”
“We want to show the world who we are. We love what we do and we want to continue to write more music together.”