Event: Mobley at the Spanish Moon (Baton Rouge, LA)
|Mobley: Tim Shelburne, Anthony Watkins, and Alfredo Rios.|
Mobley played at the Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge on March 8th with Vacationer and Body Language. Originally the band was supposed to play there earlier in the year (on the lead singer’s birthday, none the less!), but unfortunately the building lost power. The band was very excited to have another chance to play at the venue because it is their favorite spot to perform. “It’s hard to think of a place that has been as reliably awesome ever single time we play it,” said Shelburne.
|Dalton and his friend Ashley, at the Spanish Moon.|
The band started playing soon after I had arrived at the Spanish Moon. My friend Ashley and I were sitting at the bar finishing a few drinks we had ordered while waiting. It only took a few moments for the crowd to respond to Mobley's fun, upbeat sound and gathered around the stage. The crowd grouped so quickly Ashley and I barely had time to jump from our barstools and find a spot near the stage to take blog-worthy pictures. But, once you experience Mobley, you understand they are a band that orders attention.
|Anthony Watkins II dancing with his fans.|
During the performance at the Spanish Moon, Mobley played a number of songs from all three of their albums Cold War Cold (2010), Let Slip (2011), and Young Adult Fiction (2012). Each album features Watkins’s solid vocals with a unique electronic-rock sound. For their latest album, they developed a bold, deeper, “darker” rock sound without letting go of the danceable beats that landed them many awards and accolades (including #6 Best Album of Austin in 2012).
When asked how long the band had been together Watkins said, “The easiest answer to that question is about two and a half years. That’s how long we’ve been doing what we’re doing now.” Mobley was actually founded in North Carolina while Watkins was in college about 8 years ago. The band has gone through a few lineup changes, and evolved their sound over time. The year 2010 is when the band started truly progressing into what it is today. The band started to explore different sounds and added bass, keyboards and a full drum set, which is played by drummer Alfredo Rios.
It’s hard to fit their music into a definite genre or describe it to someone who hasn’t heard them play perform, because Mobley uses elements from several different genres. But, it’s that unique mix of electronic music, rock and pop that makes this indie band worth listening to.