“In a time when lots of music relies on an electronic or synth basis, it’s always refreshing to find a band that focuses on catchy, well-sung melodies and solid, consistent instrumentation. Basically, I like a band that has a distinct style and does it well. South Carolina band The Mobros, made up of two talented brothers, are on the rise as a rock band that takes things back to basics. No glitz or glamour is really necessary to make their songs stand out, which is the way music should be at its core....their shows are a rowdy, good time.”
“Camden brothers Kelly (guitar and vocals), 22, and Patrick Morris (percussion and vocals), 19, have created their own little musical niche, using a lot of basic ingredients: a solid two-player garage R&B foundation, a penchant for western/ rockabilly style riffing, drumming informed by a funky jazz/ calypso feel that never lets up, and soulful vocals that have a definite Stax feel. The sound is filled up in a surprising way. Absent a bass player, Kelly has got both guitar and bass parts covered at once, and if you think the idea of soul/ R&B minus a bass is a fool’s errand, then I suggest you check out the Mobros. The concentrated atmosphere of the final result can walk a pretty fine line; it’s music that is basic, yet heady. Cerebral stuff meant to invoke dancing – now that’s pretty cool.....The Mobros have not dredged up recycled sounds and repackaged them here. This is a compelling new form of musical release with a defined authentic Southern feel.”
“brothers Kelly and Patrick Morris conjure vast worlds of sound with their rootsy, rocking music, which hints at Delta blues and '60s soul without kitsch-ing too far down either rabbit hole.....Much of the group's aural mass lies in its powerful but playful vocal harmonies, which it uses to near-perfect effect on its debut LP, Walking With a Different Stride....I'm inclined to say these fellas are the real deal.”
“It's a sound at once old and new, dark and bright, haunted and fiery. Or,a s the band's bio says, they "make old ideas sound new."”
“Not only did they warm up the crowd for the blues legend (B.B. King), but they were handpicked by King himself to play two tour stops including one show in Glenn Allen, VA and one in Columbia, SC. Add this to the long list of high-profile festival dates and one-off concerts the band has played all over the southeast and that first sentence sounds even more off. It’s hard to believe they’ve done this before the release of their first album....This album is next level. Silky smooth guitar riffs, clever wry lyrics, buttery vocals on top of vocals just don’t come along like this very often.”
“The guitar positively struts and, when you least expect it, rears back and strikes. The drums are equal parts aggression and flourish. The album’s 10 tracks range from the nasty slink of “Friday Night” to the aerobic jostle of “Trampstamp,” the grungy blues of “Pride & Praise” to the raw swing of “Corrina.”..with the release of Stride, they’ll be able to acquaint listeners with the full sonic spectrum that is The Mobros.”
“Much has been made in print coverage of Kelly’s voice — and the elder Morris brother does sound more like an old black blues singer than any skinny young dude has a right to — but the real story here is the way his guitar and Patrick’s drums pack this recording with wall-to-wall sound.”
“The Mobros — If they hadn’t done it before, The Mobros showed during their electric performance at this year’s Music Crawl that they’re one of the most exciting and promising bands in town. An instinctive band, made leather-tough by relentless touring, that knows the blues sounds best unvarnished, The Mobros sound nervy and fresh, building on the past but living fearlessly in the present. Like The Black Keys, The Mobros confront the blues with soul, muscle and respect, reinvigorating a familiar form with uncaged grit.”
“A funky blues-rock duo featuring brothers Kelly and Patrick Morris, The Mobros take their cues from a variety of similarly jam-inflected acts like North Mississippi Allstars and Los Lobos, but with a keen pop edge and garage grittiness that owes a little to The Black Keys too. The brothers are half-Trinidadian, and as a result the music sometimes swings into Latin and calypso territory as well, leading to the kind of adventurous arrangements often absent from other bands in the genre. Given their youth, the group’s instrumental prowess and Kelly Morris’ powerful vocal presence will definitely rock a few worlds.”
“The Morris' scope of music ranges from modern-day soul/rhythm and blues artists such as Seal to old bluesmen like B.B. King, Albert King, Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters. They also have delved into 1950's and '60s soul music artists such as Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke.”
“There aren’t many singer-songwriters around town who can drop jaws just by opening their mouths. The Mobros’ Kelly Morris is one of them, his is a sweetly weathered voice that’s akin to that of a bluesman at least thrice his age, rich and soulful in its old-soul inflections. The Mobros belong to the same modern, urban indie-blues revival as The Black Keys, but The Mobros’ thickfreakness comes from an infusion of Latin rhythms and slick dips into funky calypso.”
"Camden blues duo The Mobros are young, but one wouldn’t know it from listening to them. The band’s sound is blues, but a raw, unschooled style that incorporates unlikely Latin rhythms — a product of their upbringing. We played separately the first year then decided to play together and came up with the song ‘Shake,’” Patrick says. “We played it and our classmates went crazy.” These days the band is playing to barrooms and other venues full of adults, and getting much the same reaction.
“BEST NEW BAND: If you haven’t heard the funky new-wave soul of The Mobros, just wait. ”
"More people should be listening to The Mobros. That’s why Dan Riddick booked them for a prime spot at the festival. The Mobros follow Rusty Davis on the Broad Street Stage minutes after Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band, a festival headliner, finishes at The Venue on Broad. “Kelly Morris’ guitar playing and especially his vocals are way beyond his years,” Riddick said. “They really have something natural. Also, they have done their music history homework and make what’s old sound new and fresh.”"
“With the duo's uniting factor lying in their Island roots - the brothers are half-Trinidadian - they offer a sound unlike any other that manages to bring together the most polarizing rhythms and beats to make something great. Their originals stay relevant and true to their lives, centering on romance and falling in love, but master a distinct signature sound and style way beyond their years.”
“If you’re not familiar with The Mobros, I can’t really tell you what to expect. They’re a little bit funk, a little bit swing, a little bit soul, a little bit of a whole lot of different things. But all you really need to know is they’re good. What they do, as random and eclectic as it is, works – and it works in a big way. “It’s hard to describe. We’re kind of all over the place, but I guess a kind of good way to describe it would be soul rock,” Mobros lead guitarist and vocalist Kelly Morris said. “We grew up listening to that genre … you know, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Lou Rawls, all those guys,” Morris said. “So that whole Motown groove, that sould vibe they’ve got, we’re real into that. Some of our other stuff sounds rather modern or rockabilly. So I think we take that old soul vibe and we’re able to create something of our own from that.””