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The Parlor Mob
OriginAsbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresHard rock
Years active2004 (2004)–present
LabelsRoadrunner
MembersMark Melicia
David James Rosen
Paul Ritchie
Anthony Chick
Sam Bey
Past membersAnthony Chick
Nick Villapiano
Augustus Moore

The Parlor Mob (originally named What About Frank?) is a rock band founded in New Jersey in 2004. The name comes from one of the notorious Hell's Kitchen gangs active at the turn of the 20th century.[1] The band presently consists of singer Mark Melicia, guitarists David James Rosen and Paul Ritchie, and drummer Sam Bey.[2]

Some of the band's songs have been featured on television, on shows such as Entourage, Friday Night Lights, Person of Interest, and more, as well as in video games such as NASCAR 09, MLB 09: The Show, MLB 12: The Show and Sleeping Dogs.

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Formation & Capitol Records
    • 1.2 And You Were a Crow (2008)
    • 1.3 Dogs (2011)
    • 1.4 Cry Wolf (2015)
  • 2 Reviews & Reception
  • 3 Members
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Formation & Capitol Records

The original members of the band formed in 2004 as What About Frank?[3] and independently released an album in 2005 entitled The March Of The Elephants. The band won the title of Best Live Band at the Asbury Music Awards twice, attracting the attention of Capitol Records. After recording a 4-song EP for Capitol, the band was dropped in the wake of a corporate merger between Capitol and Virgin Records.[4] The band chose to give away the EP for free, eventually attracting the attention of Roadrunner Records, with whom the band signed a record deal in 2007.

And You Were a Crow (2008)

Producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, The Dwarves, Modest Mouse), who had previously contacted the band while they were recording for Capitol, contacted Roadrunner to express his interest in producing the band's new record. On September 28, 2007, the band began recording at Asheville, NC's Echo Mountain studios. The album, And You Were a Crow, was completed on Halloween of 2007 and released digitally on April 11, 2008. The physical CD was released on May 6, 2008. The band was featured on the iTunes Store's section of best new rock artists in 2008. The lead single, "Can't Keep No Good Boy Down", was featured in the sixth season of the television show Entourage.

As additional promotion for their new record, the Parlor Mob was featured in a performance setting on the NBC television show Knight Rider in October 2008.[5]

Dogs (2011)

On August 15, 2010, the band released a statement via their website in regards to their upcoming album:

On August 22, 2011, the band released "Into the Sun", the lead single from their record Dogs. The full album was released on October 11, 2011.[7] A special edition was also released featuring 3 bonus tracks.[8]

The song "Into the Sun" is featured as the background music to a Pittsburgh Penguins commercial, as well as Monday Night Football.

Dogs was chosen as the title of the album "because it is a personification of everything we all have become and a wide reaching, never-ending analogy for what we currently feel; a unified stamp of our lives in this moment. We have been beaten to the ground, spit on and kicked, and we have bitten back and clawed at those who are against us. We have felt caged. We have been hungry and fought for scraps. We have been pet and praised in one instant, and neglected and abused in the next. We have formed a pack, and we are fiercely loyal to one another."[9]

Cry Wolf (2015)

On June 9, 2014, the band announced via their Facebook page that they would be releasing their 3rd album, "Cry Wolf", this fall along with the immediate release of the first single titled "The Day You Were Born." The announcement effectively ended their hiatus that had been going on since December 2012.

The third album, a five-song extended play, came out February 17, 2015, featuring tracks "The Day You Were Born," "Dead Man," "Doe Eyed Dear," "Racing with a Beating Heart," and the titular "Cry Wolf." Despite containing five songs, the album clocks in just shy of 30 minutes.

Reviews & Reception

CityNews.ca
Producer Jacquire King
The New York Times
BMI
The Aquarian Weekly

Members

  • Mark Melicia – vocals
  • David James Rosen – guitar
  • Paul Ritchie – guitar
  • Anthony Chick – bass
  • Sam Bey – drums

Discography

Studio albums
  • And You Were a Crow (2008)
  • Dogs (2011) #5 Top Heatseekers
Self-released albums
  • What About Frank? (2005)
Extended plays
  • The Parlor Mob EP (2006)
  • Cry Wolf EP (2015)
Singles

References

  1. ^ "Roadrunner Records". Roadrunner Records Official Website. 
  2. ^ "The Parlor Mob". Myspace. 
  3. ^ "The Parlor Mob Releases E.p On Capitol". melodic.net. 
  4. ^ "The Parlor Mob: Rock's Rawkus Revival". jambase.com. 
  5. ^ "Roadrunner Records". Roadrunner Records Official Website. 
  6. ^ http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=16430&uid=5962064315&ref=mf[dead link]
  7. ^ "Amazon.com: Dogs: The Parlor Mob: MP3 Downloads". amazon.com.  entertainment choice
  8. ^ "Amazon.com: Dogs (Special Edition): The Parlor Mob: MP3 Downloads". amazon.com. 
  9. ^ "The Parlor Mob – Dogs 2011-MTD". rlsbb.com. 
  10. ^ "New Jersey Rockers The Parlor Mob Bring Much-Hyped Live Act To The Bovine". citynews.ca. Archived from the original on 4 July 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "The Parlor Mob: Rock's Rawkus Revival". jambase.com. 
  12. ^ This Mob Wants to Stand Out From the Crowd
  13. ^ "N.J. Rockers The Parlor Mob Cause Scene in L.A.". BMI.com. 
  14. ^ Halo, Martin (April 9, 2008). "Aquarian Weekly Online Feature Article with The Parlor Mob". Aquarian Weekly Online. Retrieved 2008-07-14. [dead link]

External links

  • Official website
  • Roadrunner Records Artist Website
  • Interview with SomaFM
  • The Parlor Mob at VH1.com
   

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