Founded in North Carolina by lead singer and songwriter Anthony Watkins II and later joined by bassist Tim Shelburne and drummer Sergio Trejos, Mobley settled into it’s current formation during the fall of 2009. After a cross-country move and months of preparation, they’re hard at work trying to prove themselves as one of Austin’s most promising young bands.
The songs draw from a wealth of influences, often tied together with only as much thread as is necessary for coherence. What results is a repertoire that, by virtue of its diversity, truly transports the listener. It’s a set composed of contrasting moods and moments: an anthemic blitz of guitars and wired synths; a falsetto croon slinking out over drum-bass groove straight out of ’73; a music box lullaby bursting into chamber pop or keening alt-country or glitzy dance-rock. All of these sounds are complemented by a stunning video/light component and performed by musicians that command the stage with a presence that belies their youth and a vigor that proves it.