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eter Sax, Noam Schatz, and Ben Sterling are Mobius Band. Their new album is called Heaven (Misra 2007). The group started in earnest when they moved together to a small rural town in Western Massachusetts called Shutesbury (pop 1,800). Cradled in the Pioneer Valley and bracketed by college kids and semi-retired alternative rock stars, Mobius Band woodshedded for several years, rarely venturing out of New England until 2004, when Ben and Peter moved to Brooklyn’s quiet Carroll Gardens neighborhood. There, the group picked up momentum, releasing their debut album, The Loving Sound of Static (Ghostly, 2005) and embarking on a non-stop touring regimen, notching over 150 shows, including tours with neighborhood confederates The national and trans-Atlantic friends like Editors and Tom Vek. What at first seems like a mixed bag of associates (noir indie rock; junk-shop electronica) actually provides a rough triangulation of what Mobius Band is about—pop hooks grounded in experimentation,

subtle musicianship, and a taste for ruminative lyrics. Hence we find ourselves in Heaven, a self-directed effort recorded in both studios and homes with some engineering help from band friends Emery Dobyns (Antony and The Johnson, Battles) and newcomer Eric Spring. It was written and recorded over an extended 19-month span, during which the band’s lives were considerably more taxing than their recording schedule. A father passed away suddenly on the cusp of the group’s first national tour. A longtime girlfriend ran off with an old friend. The stresses of New York life were amplified by the inescapable drama of a life on the road, draining the band emotionally and financially. “Why do we make the choices we make?” asks Ben, when discussing the circumstances fueling the album. “Don’t we know how unbelievably ill-advised most of those choices are? But we make these decisions as if we were helpless to consider any alternatives.”

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