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PARLOR MOB Barfly, London 11 November 2009

Parlor Mob, photo by Mark Taylor

Roadrunner Records new signings The Parlor Mob recently completed a successful tour of the UK being third place on the bill under headliners Black Stone Cherry.  On that tour the New Jersey rockers made many new friends with their style of 70's influenced rock, which lies between the sound of The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin, especially as a live unit.

This was The Parlor Mob's headlining debut in the UK at a packed Barfly.  It took a couple of songs before the band started to kick in.  Singer Mark Melicia, now with his hair cropped, looked like he'd been enjoying the herbal delights that Camden has to offer, but what an amazing voice this boy has to offer.

Almost at times sounding like Robert Plant when he reaches the high notes.  The Led Zeppelin comparisons don't stop there.  At times during the tender moments it sounds as if the band are about to break into Zep's 'Since I've Been Loving You'.

Parlor Mob, photo by Mark Taylor

The guitar duo of Paul Richie and David Rosen bring the songs into a new lease of life in a live situation taking the songs off into a tangent direction.  However the band were having some problems with the hired equipment sometimes causing long pauses between songs.

'Tide Of Tears' one of many tracks from the debut 'And You Were A Crow' sent me flying into a dreamlike state. 'Hard Times' gets drawn out into a jam.

Parlor Mob, photo by Mark Taylor

The band were now getting obviously annoyed with the PA with Melicia repeating expletives to the soundman and after the last number the band showed their frustration by not doing an encore.

It seems that some things can keep these no good boys down but despite the gremlins, those in attendance witnessed something very special.  Book a date with the Parlor before they get mobbed.

Set list : Real Hard Headed / Dead Wrong / The Kids / Everything You're Breathing For / (New Song -Believe ?) / Carnival Of Crows / When I Was An Orphan / Tide Of Tears / Hard Times / Bullet

Review and photos by Mark Taylor

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