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Michigan Is A Little Bit Of Home For Mobius Band

Of the Oakland Press

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Playing in metro Detroit usually has a bit of a homecoming feel for the Mobius Band. The group hails from Massachusetts and now makes its home in Brooklyn, but it’s signed to Ann Arbor-based Ghostly International label — even though, as a rock band, it’s an anomaly on the company’s electronic-oriented imprint.

“They came looking for us, actually,” says the group’s Ben Sterling. “We didn’t send anything to Ghostly because everything they’ve ever done was generally technooriented or one man and a computer style of music.

“But somehow through this really convoluted string of events, they heard some of our songs and got in touch with us and it snowballed. And we think it’s great; it’s an interesting group of artists that don’t fit into a niche very well, but there’s something that holds it all together. It’s cool to be part of that.”

Mobius Band recently released its second album, “Heaven,” whose songs were informed by a series of dark events — including the death of drummer Noam Schatz’s father and Sterling’s break-up with his longtime girlfriend.

“We were sort of grappling with when life isn’t going how you planned it. It was a really dark time,” notes Sterling, 29.

But, he adds, “working on the record was actually really fun. We would spend hours and hours working every weekend in this rehearsal place in Brooklyn, and it was really infectious, turning all this darkness into something that you really enjoy.”

Mobius Band and Mason Proper perform at 9 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 6) at the Pike Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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