As part of the most recent generation of artists invested in retrofitting the genre with new narratives, Winnipeg punk duo Mobina Galore have weaponized their outsider attitude into explosive punk that demands attention on the band’s own terms. By building a catalogue of expertly-executed songs, they’re challenging the industry’s entrenched shortcomings by flipping the stereotype of “overly emotional women” on its head, and instead, turning it into their battle axe. Discover Mobina Galore's music on Spotify.
Since forming in 2011, Mobina Galore, the Winnipeg punk duo of Jenna Priestner (guitar/ vocals), and drummer Marcia Hanson (drums/ vocals) have cut their teeth on an approach to music that operates without fluff. Now three albums into their nearly decade long career, their highly-received third full-length album, Don’t Worry, released September 6th, 2019 on New Damage Records and Gunner Records (EU), continues the band’s signature of crafting unapologetically heavy, wildly dynamic songs that explore life’s peaks and valleys with discerning emotional clarity. Most recently they were nominated for Rock Artist of the Year 2020 at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
1. What is the coolest show you have ever played?
Two pop up right away; opening the sold out Against Me! show at the Electric Ballroom in London, UK (2016) or at the festival Groezrock in Belgium (2017).
2. How do you keep yourself healthy and happy working in music?
I don't know if I do, hah, I usually write better when I'm not feeling all that happy, but I think it's about the discipline and knowing you can't wait for inspiration sometimes it's just there inside of you waiting to be released and you didn't know it. So I think about that a lot, like right now. I'm going to pick up my guitar when I'm done this interview cause it's been a couple days now and I'm sure I've got something new to say.
3. What is the biggest challenge you've experienced in getting to where you are?
Being taken seriously early on was a huge challenge. I think some of that stems from us being two women in the band who most often touring as just the two of us. When we would rock up to a venue early on venue promoters/sound techs would talk to us like we'd never played a show before. The current challenge is more internal and us thinking if whatever new music we put out is going to be "good enough" for new fans and "classic Mobina enough" for old fans.
4. What is the best part of your life that isn't music related?
We just got a puppy in the summer named Dudley. She's a mini schnoodle and she's so cute and brings so much life into our home. We didn't think we'd be able to get a dog until we were old cause we tour so much, but since COVID hit we though that no better time then now so when we tour again we will just figure it out! Or take her with us!
5. What is the best advice you have been given in the music business?