Mobile, a new indie rock band based out of Montreal, was ready to blow the doors wide open for a new sound in Canada. Just as they started to do so, they relocated-- to Toronto. Not a bad place to get a 15 plus year career ignited.
The band members, comprised of vocalist Mat Joly, guitarists Christian Brais and Frank Williamson, drummer Pierre-Marc Hamlin, and bassist Dominic Viola, grew up together and helped each other learn guitar and pen lyrics. Just as their popularity was growing, they picked up and left for Toronto. The band came to the conclusion that they were not going to make it any further if they haven't of moved.
The band has crafted their live performance to a tee. After three years in a Montreal recording studio, they emerged as yet another word of mouth band that their audience wanted to see perform live. "Playing live has always been our strength," says Joly, "And we gained a good reputation for that."
Just as new wave may have met its crest, out comes this band from Montreal that sounds like it. "It's a coincidence that we fit in with many of these '80s influenced bands that are popular right nowóThe Killers, Hot Hot Heat, Franz Ferdinandóbut we are not copying anybody," says Viola. "We are different from these bands: We're a little bit more rock, a little bit more pop, and a little more modern."
"Montreal Calling", the band's first single, has already gained momentum in Canada and their new album, Tomorrow Starts Today is likely to do the same.
Writer: Robert Frezza