Red Bank, New Jersey's the Parlor Mob arose out of the ashes of an earlier, short-lived band named What About Frank, circa 2004, and quickly attracted a small following in local clubs. Comprised of vocalist Mark Melicia, guitarists Dave Rosen and Paul Ritchie, bassist Nick Villapiano, and drummer Sam Bey, the group also earned much critical praise for their captivating translation of classic, '70s rock devices (think Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Captain Beyond, Granicus, etc.) into modern indie rock aesthetics. Inspired live performances and songwriting sessions continued apace and, before long, the Parlor Mob had scored a development deal with Capitol Records. But, just as the band's eponymous, four-track EP was headed for release in early 2007, the Parlor Mob became embroiled in the messy merger between Capitol and Virgin Records, watched most of their on-staff supporters laid off, and thus decided to part company with the label rather than cope with any additional fallout. Good for them, as they soon found a new home with Roadrunner Records later that summer, and immediately set about preparing their debut full-length for an early 2008 release.
"To me this band harkens back to a time when the song was king and being able to play was paramount to your success more than what the media said about you. I hope they help define their generation." - Howard Willing
"When you're not even halfway through your 20's, jump-starting a back-to-basics rock revolution seems a tall order. Judging by the rock 'n' roll charisma radiated by the band members at their live shows — long-hair-tossing, instrument-abusing, generally reckless affairs — they are up to the task." - The New York Times
"With dynamic live sets and slightly askew guitar-rock, it's no wonder the genre-breaking group from Red Bank, N.J., has earned the adulation of fans and critics alike. With experimental rock songs that add a fresh twist to the classic sounds of the 60s and 70s, the band that formed in early 2004 is set to lead a musical revolution that will capture audiences of all ages." - BMI
"Basically, now is the time to go see them and say later on, 'Yea, you know, I saw them back before they took over the world,' because that's the way things are heading." – The Aquarian Weekly
"Clever and intellectually stimulating…" – The New York Waste