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These Northampton lads are named for one of their local heroes: Edgar Mobbs. Captain of Northampton Saints RFC from 1907–13, who also played and captained England at cricket, he set about raising his own company to fight in WWI. Within 48 hours more than 400 men had volunteered, with Mobbs himself as a private.
Since forming the trio has rocked and rumbled across three previous albums, a 7” single, and a 7” EP, all increasing one by one the reputation and stature of the band within the British garage scene. Maybe more than any, the Dirty Water Records released Piffle! has an air of being the breakthrough opportunity for the band, its songs tenacious fusions of fifties rock ‘n’ roll and sixties garage rock with as expected a healthy flavouring of seventies punk.
They take all the best that post-1950s rock’n’roll has to offer – a big helping of sixties beat group rhythm’n’blues, massive Clash-like punk riffs, Wilko Johnson’s machine gun attack attitude, the suave yet rough hewn Medway garage-punk blues legend Billy Childish’s demeanour (and obsession with our country’s glorious yet ludicrous past), with the addition of a great healthy dose of Pythonesque humour.
The Mobbs’ last album Garage Punk For Boys was a joyous garage punk brawl to get firmly involved in; its successor is a calmer yet feverishly boisterous romp and whereas the last album was an instantly virulent addiction Piffle! is a real grower, in time reaching the same tempting heights.
The band rarely venture past the three minute mark but the next pair of tracks are almost epics in their timing. Matador is first offering four sultry ridiculously addictive minutes of instrumental glory. With a mouth-watering hook which could enhance any sixties TV thriller/sci-fi show, the track joins the growing list of instrumental treats the band has shared across their releases, its sweltering Latin honed melodic liquor an additional heady colour in the song before Little Miss Hard of Hearing saunters in with its fifties rock ‘n’ roll friskiness.
Piffle! is quite outstanding, another treat for fans of The Mobbs and a highly attractive doorway into their garage knavery for newcomers. It has also already provided another long term participant in our own weekly if not daily playlists and maybe that more than words will persuade you to get down and playful with The Mobbs.
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 184.108.40.206's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.