‘Austin’s New Rock Alternative’ 101X hosted their annual “Indie Xmas” bash at Emo’s Thursday night featuring Long Beach’s Cold War Kids and local post-genre pop act Mobley.
The night kicked off with opener Mobley whose one-man band includes him rotating through keys, drums, guitar, and sampling. Starting his set on the drum kit then quickly moving over to the keyboard, each song felt as if an entire quintet was on stage.
The most impressive moment from Mobley’s energetic set was when he came to the crowd and used their hands as a drum pad. The type of sorcery being performed on people’s hands created a melody that bled into his track.
If you get the opportunity to catch a headlining set from Mobley around town, I highly recommend it. His sound and visuals go hand-in-hand for a truly unique experience.
Cold War Kids took the stage next in support of their new record, LA Divine, which came out earlier this year. Quickly getting through hits “Hang Me Out To Dry” and “All This Could Be Yours” the hosts of the evening made you realize why they’ve been relevant for nearly a decade.
Everyone seemed to be in good spirits due to the holiday atmosphere with the ultimate gift being a near perfect set from the headliner. Having jammed to nearly every hit in their catalogue, the kids from Long Beach left you with a sense of holiday cheer.
You can catch Cold War Kids in a city near you and pick up their new record, LA Divine, at your local record store for a great seasonal gift.
Cold War Kids
Text and images by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt