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PARLOR MOB Barfly, London 11 November 2009
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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
and photos by Mark Taylor
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