September 20, 2006
Show Us Yours #4: Mobius Band
As we've asserted elsewhere, we've been following electronic rock cyborgs Mobius Band for quite a goodly while, several years even. You can imagine our excitement when we heard the super-cool trio's new demo that uber-blog Stereogum recently posted here. With yet another tour on the horizon we thought we'd check in with Mobius guitarist Ben Sterling and learn a bit about the formerly Western Mass.-based band's new-ish practice digs in Brooklyn. Mr. Sterling reports that a recent rancid stench in the space has suspiciously abated, and betrays some very strong feelings for The National and against Iron Maiden. We wrap up the piece with Mobius Band's fall tour dates, as promised back in August. The band's most recent set, The Loving Sounds Of Static, was issued last year on Ghostly International.
1. Why did you choose this space?
To be honest, it was the first practice space I looked at. We share it with a revolving cast of bands. It's decorated in burnout Dorm Room Chic. There's a truly gigantic poster of Jack Nicholson's head from The Shining. It's really, really big. And as you can see, there is a huge lightning bolt as well.
The place is convenient as hell to get to and, as the neighborhood around it continues to gentrify, there are more and more places to get panini sandwiches when we take our inevitable breaks from the basement. 2/3rds of the band support these panini sandwiches. 1/3rd holds out, probably out of spite that he was last to the panini party (AGAIN).
2. Explain how an idiosyncracy or quirk of this space or a former practice space has affected a song (or even your overall sound).
If anything, our space makes some things more of a guessing game as all the electronics we send through the PA come back really muddy. That PA is so not ready for primetime. We go play a show at a club with a nice system and we're like "oh, the handclap is twenty times louder than the bass drum, awesome."
Before this, we all lived in Western Massachusetts, so we never needed a separate practice space. We'd just practice at a house. Me and Peter lived with a few friends in a run down '70s split-level, sort of a "Love Shack" kind of place. I think that set up, where we didn't have to deal with travel and everything was in-house and set up all the time, was really important in getting us to where we are now as a band. You get so used to each other musically that it makes the fact we can't rehearse as much now a lot easier.
3. You walk into your space. What's the first thing you smell?
Until recently, the fetid stench of decaying rat corpse. It was truly awful. We assumed it was a rat. It was something, though, and it was dead. As of a few days ago, though, the rat seems to have either been removed or entered a "non-stank" cycle in its organic breakdown. I should mention that this isn't directly inside our room, but rather in the "ante-chamber" that leads to it. The practice space itself smells like a mixture of basement smell, tube amps and general "dude."
4. Mobius Band is trapped on the deck of a sinking luxury cruise liner. Two hot air balloons have come to your aid. One hot air balloon is piloted by Richard Branson, the Virgin mogul. The other balloon is piloted by Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Which hot air balloon do you choose?
My old housemate is going to kill me, but fuck Maiden. Branson's got the cash and the skills to take me higher.
5. What do the next six months look like for your band?
We're leaving in a few days for a tour. We're doing the west coast dates with The National, which is great. I recently decided they are my favorite band of the aughts. It's been fun to get other people I know into them because it works every time. Otherwise, we're writing new songs down with the rats...
MP3 | Mobius Band -- "The Loving Sounds Of Static" -- The Loving Sounds Of Static
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09/27 -- Boston, MA -- Great Scott
09/29 -- Baltimore, MD -- Sonar
09/30 -- Cleveland, OH -- House of Blues
10/02 -- Lawrence, KS -- Jackpot
10/03 -- Denver, CO -- Larimer Lounge
10/04 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- Velour
10/06 -- Seattle, WA -- Neumos
10/09 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Troubadour
10/10 -- San Diego, CA -- Casbah
10/11 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Troubadour
10/12 -- San Francisco, CA -- Great American Music Hall
10/13 -- Eugene, OR -- Wow Hall
10/14 -- Portland, OR -- Berbati's Pan
10/15 -- Missoula, MT -- The Loft
10/18 -- Chicago, IL -- Empty Bottle
10/19 -- Minneapolis, MN -- 7th Street Entry
10/21 -- St. Louis, MO -- Creepy Crawl
10/22 -- Lansing, MI -- Temple Club
10/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI -- Intersection
10/24 -- Detroit, MI -- Magic Stick
10/25 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Khyber
[Read Show Us Yours #1: Shapes And Sizes here]
[Read Show Us Yours #2: Dirty On Purpose here]
[Read Show Us Yours #3: Relay here]