Mobina Galore
Feeling Disconnected
(New Damage Records)

Some bands barely fit on a stage because they include too many people—we’re looking at you, excessive ska bands. Just tell your buddy that he can’t come party on the road with you, the band doesn’t need a third sax anyway. Economy of sound can go far, the Ramones proved this early on. So when a group goes for it with just two band members, it’s admirable. Mobina Galore are one such duo hailing from Manitoba. They squeeze every ounce they can from the minimalist setup. Thriving on buzzy power chords and confrontational tones, it’s lean and anthematic with arena style progressions and chant-able rhythms. Jenna Preistner attacks the mic with a snarl that would’ve landed them on early Hellcat Records releases.

Her throaty vocals are pushed through in defiance, sometimes a bit forced with pedal effects that blur tracks together early on. Stepping in at just the right moment, “Losing Time” steps back from rapid fire pacing to mix things up. The harmonized tone offers clarity and optimism. It’s unanticipated, and shows some diversity in songwriting. A lonely guitar strums solemn notes, amplifying desperation. The lyrics tell of a good thing coming to an end with someone close. Refusing to give up, it’s a striving tone to not waster any time and live in the moment, “If I could just wake up, we could take off.”

Their press release cites their hometown of Winnipeg as a source of isolation—not necessarily a glowing advertisement for tourism to the area, but seclusion can indeed get musicians to build something. Preistner and drummer Marcia Hanson focus outward from their surroundings on “Vancouver.” Repeatedly vocalizing the city as their utopia, “I’ve gotta run if I’m gonna get where I’m going. I hear Vancouver calling. I can’t stay long, but I’ll do the best with my time, to make the life I wanted. I hear Vancouver calling.” Again, not really making Winnipeg sound like a great place to be.

There’s a sense of displacement scattered throughout that fuels their discontent. “Suffer” exemplifies their unkempt rage with heavily distorted, palm-muted chords. “I’m on the outside, watching in silence and in anger” Presitner contests, “I will, I know, I’ll suffer through this.” These words are echoed by a deeper, even more destitute harmony from Hanson. The track lumbers along with heavy steps like a predator on the prowl.

Feeling Disconnected is about a prolonged moment of being completely pissed off, and maybe we can attribute that to chilly Winnipeg. Rather than dwelling on this as a defeater, Mobina Galore harness the emotion and channel it into this album . The blistering pace gets exhaustive at times, but this album complements the mission. Best wishes in relocating to Vancouver.

Purchase the album here.

3 stars

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