Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Mobile Home 

After conquering Canada, band heads south for stardom.

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.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Highlights

More by Michael Gallucci

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.