And You Were A Crow
Release: May 6, 2008
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sounds like: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Wolfmother, less drugged-out Dead Meadow, Portugal. The Man
New Jersey heavy rock revivalists combine drive of early Black Sabbath and technical skills of Led Zeppelin with modern-day blues swagger and a sprinkle of fast-paced stoner rock; think White Stripes meets Wolfmother. In fact, lead singer Mark Melicia’s high-pitched wail brings to mind a fiery, pre-international-success Jack White, particularly on the bright indie rock of “Everything You’re Breathing For.” The dual-pronged guitar attack of Dave Rosen and Paul Ritchie blisters and incinerates on the epic eight-minute “Tide Of Tears” and the eardrum-pounding “Real Hard Headed,” while an acoustic downturn sets slow burners like “When I Was An Orphan” and “Can’t Keep No Good Boy Down” firmly in Page-Plant heavy folk territory. All in all, a surprisingly solid debut from this quintet of long-haired hipsters (skinny jeans were popular in the ‘70s, too). Originally signed to Capitol Records but dropped in the middle of a nasty merger with Virgin Records, The Parlor Mob landed safely in the waiting and open creative arms of metal-heavy Roadrunner Records. Teaming up with producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings Of Leon, Modest Mouse) for recording sessions in the mountains of Asheville, NC, surely helped.
“Can’t Keep No Good Boy Down” video