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After conquering Canada, band heads south for stardom.

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Mobile’s story is an increasingly common one these days. A band scores big in its hometown, a major label woos them, their debut album is set for release, and then the record company sits on the record. “We knew it was a risk when we signed with Interscope,” says Mat Joly, singer for the Montreal band. “We were tempted, and we got a lot of money. It’s tough to say no to that. But after eight months, we realized they weren’t going to put out the record. We’re just glad we got it back.”

Mobile released its debut CD, Tomorrow Starts Today, in Canada in April 2006. It’s finally set for U.S. release on July 24 via independent label the Militia Group. The album -- loaded with classic alt-rock songs that are less convoluted than those by fellow Montrealers the Arcade Fire -- helped Mobile snag the New Group of the Year award at this year’s Junos. But that’s only the start, says Joly. “We’ve been waiting for the States forever.” The group just launched its first U.S. tour. In addition to performing songs from Tomorrow Starts Today, Mobile will play several new cuts onstage. After all, it’s been a couple of years since those old ones were written. “We’ve played these songs so many times,” says Joly. “At least we’re excited about the new audiences.”
Sun., July 8, 8 p.m.

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