6/16/08: The Parlor Mob

And You Were A Crow

Roadrunner Records
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.

Myspace: www.myspace.com/theparlormob
Label: www.roadrunnerrrecords.com/artists/ParlorMob
“Can’t Keep No Good Boy Down” video

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