Local blues-rockers, Don and the Mobsters are one of those bands that draw you in with their wonderful music, energy and big personality. The group will be releasing their brand new single Fandom at The Milk Factory on September 21st with other local greats Brendan the Bard and Mango Sun.
Roo had a sneaky listen to the yet to be released single and a chat with vocalist, Don about Fandom, recording and the launch show. Our writer Dean Hamilton will also be covering the launch show and you can grab TIX HERE.
Fandom delivers mood, soul and a sense of sonic space. Starting with deliciously tasteful guitar groove before being joined by the band and soft vocals, this song morphs from a moody jam to an open and emotive, full band rock-out. Mixed in a manner that sounds almost live, you can just picture in your mind what this track would sound like in a small, dark, underground club packed full of live music enthusiasts.
I’m absolutely digging Fandom. Can you please tell our readers a little bit about this song?
We’d only just added our guitarist Tristan to the band, so we’d start each rehearsal with a little jam session to get to know each other musically. day he came into practise with this riff, it had a bit of fuzz and a whole lot of reverb. It made me think of two lovers in a noir film meeting in a smoky bar.
It’s customary of us to start band practise this was and we often improvise 'songs' as a little warm up, to flex the musical muscles. The real test for me though is whether you can remember the song the next day. I couldn’t get that riff out of my head and so Fandom was born.
Can you please tell our readers a little bit about your recording process?
For this single we snuck into QUT Kelvin Grove guerilla-style to record in the middle of the night. We recorded in the biggest live sound room so most of the reverb is natural room sound, which I think really lends to the raw, live vibe we were going for. The lyrics in this song are about longing, and are inspired by that late night kind of booty call, so an after hours recording sesh was perfect for us. That and we spend our best hours after midnight drunk in some dive bar.
You’ll be launching Fandom live at The Milk Factory on September 21st with Brendan the Bard and Mango Sun. What can the audience expect from the show and can you tell our readers a little about why you chose the venue and supports?
When choosing support acts I thought about the live bands that I have personally seen most over the last year, and what keeps me coming back for more. I always take something away from Brendan the Bard’s performances, whether it’s a little turn of phrase I hadn’t noticed or just an appreciation for the way he crafts his songs. I can’t say any other Brisbane band touches me with lyrics in that way. I’ve also seen Mango Sun multiple times this year, each of their songs is so unique and different from the next, they really keep you on your toes. On top of that, both bands are also great dudes and good friends of mine, so I chose them based on who I would like to hang around and drink with after the gig. Hair envy was also a factor.
What’s coming up on the horizon for the band?
We’re currently working on an album, so after this show we’re going into lock down to get that finished. As I said, Fandom was recorded in a late night session and captured the live vibe of our sound, so we’re excited to take it a little slower in the studio and really explore what we can do with these bunch of songs. Our bass player James is a disgustingly talented multi-instrumentalist so we’re going to really exploit him and see what instruments we can add to our sonic palette.
Once the album is done I recon we’ll all go to the pub for a beer. After that, who knows.