November 4, 2007
YouTube Rodeo: Mobius Band, "Three's Company"
Mobius Band's new video for "Friends Like These" turns the tune's somewhat dour subject matter (betrayal) inside out and focuses on the positive. In doing so it captures the cyborg-rock trio's humorous side and chemistry so that the video comes off like an episode of "Three's Company" rather than, well, a video for a song that talks about how you have to fake it on Sunday mornings. We're somewhat surprised that this track -- which is really very good -- continues to get all the emphasis in the blogosphere, considering how strong all of Mobius Band's new record Heaven is. Perhaps it is because -- after all their well-documented travails -- the band wants to focus on a feel-good jam. Perhaps it is because no one buys records any more so they only know what is spoon-fed to them. In case you haven't heard it, the new set is packed with impressive, multidimensional tracks, including the sonically aggressive "Secret Language" and "Leave The Keys In The Door." The latter cut is remarkable because of a smart, asymmetric verse and because it may be the densest, grittiest Mobius Band song recorded.
So hopefully there will be a video made for one or both of these songs at some point that is half as good as the excellent video for "Friends Like These" linked above, which you may recall is what we are actually talking about here. The clip is funny: mustachioed drummer Noam Schatz weightily ponders guitarist and singer Ben Sterling's outfit for a party; bassist and singer Peter Sax puts off a girl he is talking up to turn around and deliver a chorus; the entire band kills their own party by insisting on showing slides. We've posted an MP3 of "Friends Like These" below. Mobius Band's current, evolving tour comes to Massachusetts at the end of the month. The band plays former sorta-hometown Northampton, Mass. Nov. 30 and Cambridge's Middle East Dec. 2. Watch for our coverage of the Middle East date; full tour dates below. Heaven was co-released Oct. 2 by Misra and Ghostly International.
Mobius Band -- "Friends Like These" -- Heaven
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11/04 -- Columbus, OH -- The Basement
11/06 -- Pontiac, MI -- The Pike Room
11/07 -- Toronto, ON -- The Horseshoe
11/08 -- Montreal, QC -- Petit Campus
11/09 -- Ithaca, NY -- Cornell University
11/29 -- New York, NY -- Bowery Ballroom | 6 Delancey Street
11/30 -- Northampton, MA -- The Iron Horse
12/02 -- Boston, MA -- Middle East
12/04 -- Atlanta, GA -- 736 Ponce De Leon Avenue
12/06 -- Orlando, FL -- Backbooth
12/07 -- Tampa Bay, FL -- Crowbar
12/08 -- West Palm Beach, FL -- Respectable Street
12/09 -- Jacksonville, FL -- Jack Rabbits
12/10 -- Charleston, SC -- The Map Room
12/11 -- Chapel Hill, NC -- Local 506
12/12 -- Norfolk, VA -- The Boot
12/13 -- Baltimore, MD -- Lo-fi Social Club
12/14 -- Washington, DC -- Rock 'N' Roll Hotel
12/15 -- Philadelphia, PA -- North Star Bar
Previous Mobius Band coverage:
Mobius Band With "Friends Like These"
!Mobius Band In Signing To Misra Shocker!
That Was The Show That Was: Mobius Band, Baby Dayliner
Show Us Yours #4: Mobius Band