Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Artist of the Week mailbox is littered with all sorts of pleas from out-of-towners looking to secure a spot in this here line-up. They're usually of the mind that - gasp! - a musical community exists outside of Houston that should be appreciated as well, and - double gasp!!-- we'd somehow benefit greatly by not being ignorant of that fact.
And to that we say, NAY. Nay, nay, nay. Nay like a motherfucking chardon.
But this here band, Austin's slick little electro indie-rockers Mobley, they didn't do that. They simply said, "Hey, we're a band and this is our music and we hope you like it." And you know what? It was good. And interesting. And definitely worth the time.
So we reached out to talk about to them about things, including their upcoming show in town, Ahab and more. Aces.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Mobley in exactly six words.
Mobley: You have to see them live.
RO: In Houston, we've come to recognize our music scene - rap, indie-rock, alt-country, everything - as pretty top-notch. What's the view like from outside our little ecosystem?
M: Speaking as an outsider, I'd say that Houston's music scene is excellent. There seems to be a good deal of camaraderie and support. That's key.
RO: Is there any possible way we could get you to record a song called "Captain Ahab and Mobley's Dick"?
M: Everything is possible, but some things will never happen.
RO: Several of your songs, "Cold War Cold" for example, sound like they're being tunneled and funneled. When you do that, is it to relay some sort of detached despondency, or just because you know it sounds cool as shit?
M: Can the answer be "both"? Seriously, it's both.
RO: When you come to town, are you going to do "The New Black," because it would be a pretty big mistake if you did not. Matter of fact, we very well may stand there and scream "THE NEW BLACK!!!" over and over again until you play it.
M: Yes. No. Maybe. Definitely. Probably. It's possible.
RO: The worst thing that's happened on your tour thus far was...
M: About a year ago, we got into a pretty bad wreck on the home from a show in Houston, of all places.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.