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Craig Silliphant, James Brotheridge
Published Thursday December 11, 05:09 pm
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Photo Credit: Jenna Priestner

MOBINA GALORE

Friday 19

Vangelis

When you hear the name of Winnipeg band Mobina Galore, the very words inspire a vast variety of imagery and subtext and… wait: just what the hell does “Mobina Galore” mean?

“It’s kinda just something that we came up with,” says Mobina Galore singer/guitarist Jenna Priestner. “We were in a band before that had a name that sounded like everything else. I wish there was a good story behind [Mobina Galore], but it just sort of happened. We just made up a word that doesn’t seem to exist anywhere.

“But we like that when you Google us, it’s kind of the only thing that pops up.”

If you do Google them, you’ll quickly find a barrage of songs, along with images of a female punk duo — of Priestner, and drummer/vocalist Marcia Hanson. The two were roommates living in Fernie, B.C., when they formed.

“Late nights, after the bar, we’d come home and jam and sound terrible,” says Priestner. “Next thing we know, we’re opening up for bands that are coming through.”

Soon enough, the duo ended up in Winnipeg, where they recorded their new album, Cities Away. Though some of the songs were written as long as four years ago, the duo wanted Cities Awayto sound more commercial and well-produced than their earlier material. The result was an even heavier sound.

“We decided to take our time with it,” says Priestner.”We changed some of the older songs — I’ve always wanted to be able to scream some of them, so we figured out a way to make it work. The newer stuff is more scream-y and awesome.”

One of the songs that stands out is “You’re Not 23 Anymore”, which seems to go against the grain in terms of pop-punk, and the idea that the music industry in general is aimed at youth culture.

“You’re not 23 anymore — so just kind of grow up and live,” says Priestner. “It’s my birthday today and I’m 29, and I’m kind of stoked about that. There are so many people that are just terrified and think, ‘I wanna be young forever.’ Like, being in high school again sounds like a nightmare. I like getting older and I think it’s one of those things; just get over the fact that you’re not going to be a kid forever.”

And now, here comes the question on “The Subject” when it comes to an up-and-coming all-female band. Sigh. The fact that I have to address it means that women in music are still being marginalized: I mean, even calling them a “female” punk band is bullshit — they’re just a fucking punk band, right? However, I feel like we need to lob this pitch over the plate, just to let them take a swing at it — and holy crap, does Priestner hit it out of the park.

“I think [sexism] is just as [much] there as it ever has been, which is really shitty to think about,” says Priestner. “You know, you’ll be playing a live show and get guys, or girls even, come up to you and say, ‘Oh, you guys are actually really good,’ those types of comments.

“We’re not a political band at all — that’s the last thing we ever are. But like you said, we’re females living in today’s society and we face a lot of the same challenges as women did years ago. It’s frustrating, but it is the way it is, and it’s not going to stop us from doing what we do. It just gives us the drive to keep doing it.”

 

DESPISTADO

Friday 19

Vangelis Tavern

After a few years of one-off reunions, Regina’s Despitado hasbecome a going concern again — kinda, sorta.

It’s complicated.

Guitarist Dagan Harding, bassist Joel Passmore and drummer Jeff Romanyk all currently live in the Queen City, but with guitarist Leif Thorseth living off in Vancouver, activity happens only in the spurts when they can all manage to get together.

It’s a far cry from the non-stop touring and exhaustion that wore out the band during their first go-round. They’ve all got more responsibilities now, says Passmore, but they’ve also got more experience and wisdom — and the music still resonates.

“Back in the day, I don’t really know that we knew what we were doing,” he says. “We were just navigating the world the way a group of 22-year-old dudes navigates the world. But also, it was music; it was feeling that certain things were more important than others.

“Returning to it, the songs still mean something to us when we’re turning to them and learning them again.”

Along with a post-Christmas show in Regina, the group’s current run includes Ominocity’s holiday show on Dec. 19that Vangelis, and they’re also squeezing in some time to work on new music. People who’ve played The Emergency Responseto death should be happy to hear that, although it seems there’s always a new audience popping up for the old EP, says Passmore.

“The last few shows, there were definitely people coming up and telling me their older sibling had shown them the band and they’d listened to us a ton. But by the time they were listening to us, we weren’t playing anymore.”

Consider that dilemma solved — from time to time, kinda sorta. But hey: Despistado in fits and spurts is definitely better than no Despistado at all. /James Brotheridge

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