Sometime during 1980 searching for a harder/faster outlet than the current NYC punk rock trend, three teenagers from Jackson Heights, Queens: Jack Flanagan, Jose Gonzalez and Ralph Gebbia formulated THE MOB. Once the concept was established they added high-school bud Jamie Shanahan on drums, to round out the 4 piece assault. The early MOB sound was heavily influenced by what was going on in L.A. and D.C. With NY not having a true representative taking up this new sound and culture THE MOB chose to carry the flag. THE MOB were not alone in this endeavor and these ideas, as others were feeling the same excitement and picked up guitars, mics and sticks in pursuing these same ideas: which turned into the first wave of the NYHC scene.
Fast forward to 2012 and THE MOB is back in business. This year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl marked THE MOB’s return to the stage and to the forefront of the NYHC Scene after a ten year absence. Now THE MOB is pleased to announce that they will be playing two shows this December. The first show is scheduled for December 1st in Philadelphia, PA at Gunners Run with special guests Antidote. The second show is set for December 2nd in New York, NY at The Bowery Electric and serves as the CD release show for Antidote’s new album where THE MOB will provide direct support. More information on the show can be found HERE.
Frontman Ralph Gebbia commented on the upcoming gigs and THE MOB’s latest single:
“Me and the guys are very excited to get out there and Mosh it up again in two of my favorite cities, my home town NYC and my adopted home base, Philadelphia! We are also very happy with the success and reaction of the new single “Back to Queens”.
Guitarist Jack Flanagan added:
“THE MOB has always been about playing live shows. Back in the 80’s that was all we really cared about, doing records was secondary…the two shows in December were set up pretty much the same way we did it back in the day, the only difference is, that in Philly we won’t have to worry about a guest list…not that we every did anyway.”
Earlier this year, THE MOB released “Back to Queens” which was made available in true “MobStyle” as a 7″ vinyl including the track “That’s It”. This release is limited to 1000 individually hand numbered copies which were signed by all four members of the band and then shrink-wrapped making this a true collector’s item. There are only 100 copies remaining and they are available via THE MOB’s Indie Merch Store HERE.
There is also a digital version of the single available on iTunes and Amazon which includes a bonus offering of “Zoo Crew”. “Zoo Crew” was one of the first songs ever written by THE MOB back in 1980, but never released until now. THE MOB’s entire back catalog is also available on iTunes.
“Back To Queens” is the first in a series of four 7″ singles that will be released by THE MOB on Weathermaker Music. The artwork for the singles was created by famed New York tattoo artist Mr. Den. While each single has its own distinct artwork, once all four are released each piece takes on a new meaning as one part of a complete piece of art.
THE MOB’s video for “Back To Queens” was directed by Drew Stone, who is known for his work documenting the Boston Hardcore Scene, particularly in his film “xxx All Ages xxx”.
THE MOB Live:
12/1: Philadelphia, PA @ Gunners Run
12/2: New York, NY @ The Bowery Electric