|ometime 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. Along with performing at the Black N’ Blue Bowl this year, THE MOB has recorded their newest offering “Back to Queens” which will be released 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. The EP is available now on Amazon.
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 recently completed work on a video for “Back To Queens”. The video was directed by Drew Stone, who is known for his work documenting the Boston Hardcore Scene, particularly in his film “xxx All Ages xxx”. Today the video is receiving it’s exclusive premiere courtesy of Noisecreep. Check it out HERE.
Singer Ralph Gebbia spoke about THE MOB‘s new single:
“I am stoked about the new release and my hope is that old heads enjoy what we’re doing now and new MOB Style Moshers join in on the fun!”
“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.