Northampton’s ace rhythm’n’punk trio The Mobbs are no more, after four albums and almost a decade of existence. This would be much worse news if it wasn’t for the comforting news that two of the gang – vocalist/guitarist Joe B. Humbled and drummer Cheadle – have immediately re-emerged as GoGo Loco.
The first trash-rock single ‘The GoGo Loco Twist’ can be witnessed below. New Boots spoke to Joe about the new evolution.
Firstly: why have you hung up your Fender Strat as a Mobb?
‘Twas time to bring The Mobbs to a conclusion (for now). I wanted it to go out at it’s peak and not to fizzle out and fade away without a respectable cessation. There’s only so far I felt I could go with it in terms of songwriting and especially musically. [bass player] The Bishop handed his notice in back in October so we felt it was time to put it to bed for a while.
How was the last show at The Lamplighter? It must have been quite emotional after all this time
The Lamplighter show was a perfect end and a reunion of fans and performers who’ve been part of it all from the beginning.
Where do you intend to take this – this one seems to sound like inspired by Cramps-esque rockabilly trash rather than Medway garage…
The new project is something that’s been trying to get out for a while now. It is very much a sound that Cheadle & I are more akin to and neither of us are ready to quit yet. Based on the new song & video I suppose you might say it’s more Cramps-esque; however we’ve recorded a few other bits and pieces and in reality it is more of a departure to late 50s/early 60s R&B.
Playing drums with the maracas, that’s pretty wild. Who came up with that idea?
The maracas was a happy accident so we decided to stick with it! We’re massive Bo Diddley fanatics so it was going to happen eventually!
Where did the name come from?
I like the Spanish word “Loco” for crazy – the way it roles off the tongue is amusing to me. GoGo is just reference to Go-Go dancing I suppose.
What can we expect from 2018?
2018 will see the three other recordings emerge digitally to start with, then if the battering down of doors happens we hope to do a pressing in the form of a 7″ vinyl EP.
Are you doing anything else musically concurrently?
I’ve got some solo recordings that I’ve been working on with my brother [Jon Martin] – I might release these digitally at some point this year. Hoping to do a Deep Sea Mountains CD EP release this Spring – I’m merely the very amateurish drummer in DSM and in reality this is Will Sey’s baby – so I won’t go on too much about that!