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The rock duo out of Camden, S.C., play music that’s decidedly vintage, as if the band was plucked from a riverside juke joint. Kelly Morris, who plays guitar and sings with sweeping guttural gusts that can elicit shivers, is joined by his brother, Patrick, on drums. Whereas most bands would be satisfied with re-creating a sound and mood that invokes nostalgia, The Mobros have expanded on the soul and rock music they listened to in their youth, and adding deeply-rooted Southern underpinnings.
Here’s where you should know that Patrick is 19 and Kelly is 22, and they’ve already become a main stage draw. They’ve played the prestigious Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Columbia’s Blues Festival, the Carolina Homegrown Music Festival and the Free Times Music Crawl. About 40,000 revelers were at St. Pat’s in Five Points when The Mobros played a headlining slot in 2012. With his guitar, Kelly, who is crafty and prolific, creates a labyrinthine of notes, sometimes playing dual guitar and bass parts. Patrick, who is sponsored by Anchor Drums, adds Caribbean percussive inflections.
What is immediately gripping about the brotherly music is their flourishing harmonies, the melodic layers stacked seemingly effortlessly. The brothers are taking sabbaticals from college to pursue music, and they are currently recording their debut album. Bars and clubs have smoldered because of their sweltering sets, as the band melds Latin, blues, funk and soul, often in the same song, into a scintillating blend. The music can also soothe in the way that authentic, decades-old soulful classics do. For The Mobros, the old ideas are seasoning for their resonant, modern sound.