Listen to the full interview from our MUDDY podcast here.
Maxwell Joseph and Connor Pledger didn’t know each other until they moved to LA. The two artists used to hang out in the Valley all the time, where they went to the same open mic at Crave Cafe. Through a mutual friend, the two self-described goofballs were introduced and Mob Rich was born.
Through recent years, the band’s name has had a journey. Inspired by the high-school book we all pretend to have read, Maxwell and Connor were first known as Moby Rich. Because of some boring legal reasons we won’t get into, the guys were forced to shorten it to Mob Rich. While some of their early fans might still recognize them by their original name, they both agree that the new version fits their style and vibe better.
“We’re already hella goofy. So, the fact that the name was Moby, it had a goofy vibe to it. Whereas, Mob Rich sounds way cooler,” Connor said about the band name’s history.
With bangers like Yoko Ono and Loser, which rank in the millions in Spotify streams, Mob Rich continues to prove their music is unlike anything you’ll ever hear. It all comes down to their essence: these guys are just having the time of their lives. They describe themselves as introspective slackers. They don’t claim to be more than they are, which according to them, is two guys who commit to the process of making authentic music. In the fall of 2019, Mob Rich toured across the US, Europe, and Australia with indie artist Matt Maeson. What do they love most about being on the road? Connecting with their fans, experiencing new cities together, and getting closer to other artists.
“We knew Matt [Maeson] prior to the tour. But you just become friends with the artists you’re on tour with. You share a bond because you’ve been on the road together. There’s nothing like traveling together. I can’t wait to tour again,” Maxwell said.
Now, after what feels like one of the longest years in history, we couldn’t be more stoked to get new music from this immensely talented duo. Soon to be released on May 14th, their full-length debut album, Why No Why, contains a series of unique conversations in the form of vibey songs. It is filled with their unique observations about the world, their infectious optimism, and the authenticity that characterizes them as artists. You can trust us when we say that this album will blow your mind in the best way possible.
Get to know Mob Rich on the latest episode of MUDDY, where they share their favorite touring memories, build a playlist they could listen to forever, and reveal the story behind their full-length debut album, Why No Why.
Listen to Why No Why, available everywhere on 5/14. Don’t miss out on future concerts, new music, and merch drops by following Mob Rich on Instagram @mobrich