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And You Were a Crow

The Parlor Mob

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With the behemoth sounds of bands like White Stripes, Wolfmother and Black Mountain slowly rising from the indie rock realm, showing emo-rockers and pop-punkers how to turn their amps to eleven, the time seems ripe for a Billboard chart revolt: the new/old sounds of blues-based power chord riffage and rumbling bass lines are gaining momentum like a Jimi Hendrix fret run. Vocalist Mark Melicia has all the power of a young Robert Plant or a throatier Geddy Lee, and the band has certainly studied the great Led Zeppelin in detail — the texture of the album from beginning to end recalls many of Zeppelin’s finest moments. The Mob also borrow from Black Sabbath-styled guitar layering and the bellbottom-heavy blues riffs perfected by the likes of Humble Pie and Ten Years After so long ago. Head bangers will love the speedy pulse of “Dead Wrong” and “Carnival Crows,” and air guitar aficionados will perfect their moves to the deep boogie of “Hard Times,” and the chewy hooks of “The Kids.” The sinewy, provocative “Everything You’re Breathing For,” the “Dazed and Confused”-inspired blues of “Tide of Tears,” and the whispery, stripped-down “Angry Young Girl” smartly give the collection breathing room and texture. A top notch debut.

Customer Reviews

UH...... Finally!

So it finally happened, The Parlor Mob released their first album, and now your on your computer wondering if this band that your friend wont stop talking about because of some show he saw them play at where they opened for someone else that you've never heard of is really worth your eight bucks. Well if your here then consider yourself lucky. Your are about to purchase the first album by arguably the best new band on the scene right now. If your still on the fence then I guess you'll just have to listen for yourself. I cant compare them to anyone else, nor would I try to. These five young guys out of Jersey are the future, so breath a sigh of relief because the future looks bright and wont be filled with the mindless dribble that we are forced to listen to in so many scenes, there is still real music out there being played by real musicians who don’t just care about how many precious metals there vinyl can be printed in, but rather the sound that is coming out of their instruments.

Incredible Live - Reminds me of Led Zepplin

I saw this band twice at SXSW 2008 (@Cedar Dor and @Creekside Lounge on Saturday afternoon) and this is by far the best band I've ever seen live. That's a big statement, as I've seen thousands of bands live - but this band plays twice as good live as they sound on the album - and they sound great in this album. The guitar riffs are super powerful, super clean and driving, and their bass player is as creative as their Robert Plant-esque lead vocalist. Their two lead guitarists (no rhythm guitarists, just two leads) are the focal point of the music, but there really are no weak links in this band at all. I'd rate this band and this album with 6 stars if I could. They're worth twice what they're charging for this album - and they may be worth a trip to Austin for ACL Festival this fall. They'll be performing there, according to Sam their drummer.

Better and Better

A wise woman recently said that Parlor Mob make Wolfmother and Kings of Leon sound like a bunch of bed-wetters. I could tell they were good from their MySpace page, and the more spins I give this album, the more I like it. I hear hints of not only Led Zep, but The Mars Volta when the boys slowly unleash Tide of Tears, by far the most eclectic and slow-burning track on the album. "Orphan" also builds slowly, peaking and falling, before finally exploding then fading to nothing. "Favorite Heart" is another sing along triumph, and itunes even has a good clip of the refrain. Buy it or "liberate" it, and check em out live. Quite a show.

And You Were a Crow, The Parlor Mob
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock
  • Released: Apr 11, 2008

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