89X Radio Presents: THE PARLOR MOB featuring TRIPP N' DIXIE at the Pike Room

doors at 7pm
tickets: FREE



We are The Parlor Mob.
There are some basic things you should know about us. We're from Asbury Park, New Jersey. There are five of us. Mark Melicia sings, David Rosen and Paul Ritchie both play guitar, Sam Bey plays drums, and Anthony Chick plays bass. We grew up together. 2011 is our seventh year as a band. On October 11, 2011 we will release our second album, entitled Dogs, on Roadrunner Records. We have clawed and fought to get to where we are, and we still have a very long way to go before we're even moderately satisfied...

... In the winter of 2010, we finished writing Dogs. From February through mid-March 2011, we were at Wire Recordings in Austin, TX recording with our friend, producer Matt Radosevich. Matt engineered And You Were A Crow, and we remained close with him through the three years between albums. We chose to work with him because we trusted him and because he knows us. We had to fight to get Matt to produce the record and he had to fight to get the job. We both did and together we made this album we feel so strongly about.

Dogs is the culmination of everything that has led us to this point, all the internal and external struggles that have made us who we are. To us, it serves the downtrodden of our times, who can feel their struggle reflected in ours. We called the album Dogs 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.

There are themes within the album ranging from self-doubt, longing and discontent to rejuvenation, hope and love. Musically it is the equivalent of the turmoil of our lives, shifting as it goes from the desperately immense and cinematic, to the aggressive and powerful, to the quiet and calm. We cannot define Dogs for you as anything other than reflecting ourselves onto a record as best as we can. "Into The Sun" is the first single, and it carries with it a message we leave open to interpretation. For us, it is about us. For you, it may be about you. This is how we would like you to perceive the record as a whole; open to your interpretation. We would not like to be defined for you. We would like you to define us for yourselves.

"This is the start of something. This is the end of who we were, and the beginning of what we will be." - "The Beginning"

- The Parlor Mob


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