By Julijana Capone
WINNIPEG – Punk-rock road warriors Mobina Galore have been building a rep as one of the ‘Peg’s hardest-working acts, and now it all seems to be paying off with the release of their sophomore full-length, Feeling Disconnected.
After putting out their 2014 debut LP, Cities Away, the power duo of Jenna Priestner (guitar/vocals) and Marcia Hanson (drums/vocals) inked a deal with European label Gunner Records, and more recently joined the roster of New Damage Records (Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Biblical) for North American distribution.
Feeling Disconnected, as the title suggests, is informed by a sense of detachment, spurred on by the amount of touring they’ve been doing over the last few years.
“We’re always missing things like birthday parties and celebrations and family stuff,” says Priestner on the road from Ajax, Ontario.
“But when we’re home, we’re constantly missing being on the road.”
That push and pull is further chronicled on track “Suffer,” where Priestner’s anguished shouts tell of career hardship, and the call of the road over going to school and finding a regular job.
“I was constantly in this place where I felt like I didn’t belong,” Priestner says of when she decided to take a course and explore different career options outside of music.
“You’re going through the motions of what’s expected of you—go to school, graduate, get a job—but I just didn’t want to live that life. I just felt so empty.”
Reuniting with producer John Paul Peters (Propagandhi, KEN mode, Comeback Kid) for their second proper effort, much of the record’s 10 songs are punchy hard-and-fast blasts (hear: “Going Out Alone”) that run around the two and three-minute mark. There are fists-in-the-air anthems (hear: “Vancouver”) that ring of big ambitions, and the trials and tribulations endured in order to get to where they are now. Indeed, these are poppy punk tracks for feeling empowered and chasing your dreams.
Speaking of which, they just wrapped a tour as support for Florida-bred punks Against Me! After a stint through Europe with the band, the girls were invited to hop on even more dates through the U.S. and Canada. It’s icing on the cake for a year that continues to look up.
“Laura [Jane Grace] was like ‘Oh my god, I love your voice. You have the most amazing voice,’” says Priestner, recalling her first run-in with the band’s inspiring frontperson.
“I was like, ‘Oh shit. That was cool.’”
“We’ve both been Against Me! fans for years,” Priestner continues. “It’s one of those things that you don’t think will ever happen, and then all of the sudden you’re on tour with them and they’re the nicest people ever. It’s just been a dream come true.”
With another round of European dates planned throughout April and May, and some major punk festivals booked, including Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas, everything seems to be falling into place for the duo.
“Right now, this is success—being on the road and playing with bands that we love and admire,” says Priestner.
“But at the end of the day, success is just continuing to do what we love.”
Mobina Galore perform on April 7 at the Good Will Social Club in Winnipeg. Feeling Disconnected is out now via New Damage Records. To purchase it, head to newdamagerecords.com.
Feeling Disconnected, Good Will Social Club, Mobina Galore, Winnipeg