The Parlor Mob

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The Parlor Mob
Origin Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hard Rock
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels Roadrunner
Members Mark Melicia
David James Rosen
Paul Ritchie
Anthony Chick
Sam Bey
Past members Nick Villapiano
Augustus Moore

The Parlor Mob (originally named What About Frank?) is a rock band founded in New Jersey in 2004. The name comes from one of the notorious Hell's Kitchen gangs active at the turn of the 20th century.[1] The band presently consists of singer Mark Melicia, guitarists David James Rosen and Paul Ritchie, drummer Sam Bey and bassist Anthony Chick.[2]

Some of the band's songs have been featured in video games such as NASCAR 09, MLB 09: The Show, MLB 12: The Show and Sleeping Dogs.

History[edit]

Formation & Capitol Records[edit]

The original members of the band formed in 2004 as What About Frank?[3] and independently released an album in 2005 entitled The March Of The Elephants. The band won the title of Best Live Band at the Asbury Music Awards twice, attracting the attention of Capitol Records. After recording a 4-song EP for Capitol, the band was dropped in the wake of a corporate merger between Capitol and Virgin Records.[4] The band chose to give away the EP for free, eventually attracting the attention of Roadrunner Records, with whom the band signed a record deal in 2007.

And You Were a Crow (2008)[edit]

Producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, The Dwarves, Modest Mouse), who had previously contacted the band while they were recording for Capitol, contacted Roadrunner to express his interest in producing the band's new record. On September 28, 2007, the band began recording at Asheville, NC's Echo Mountain studios. The album, And You Were a Crow, was completed on Halloween of 2007 and released digitally on April 11, 2008. The physical CD was released on May 6, 2008. The band was featured on the iTunes Store's section of best new rock artists in 2008. The lead single, Can't Keep No Good Boy Down, was featured in the sixth season of the television show Entourage.

As additional promotion for their new record, the Parlor Mob was featured in a performance setting on the NBC television show Knight Rider in October 2008.[5]

Dogs (2011)[edit]

On August 15, 2010 the band released a statement via their website in regards to their upcoming album:

On August 22, 2011, the band released Into The Sun, the lead single from their record Dogs. The full album was released on October 11, 2011.[7] A special edition was also released featuring 3 bonus tracks.[8]

The song "Into the Sun" is featured as the background music to a Pittsburgh Penguins commercial, as well as Monday Night Football.

Dogs was chosen as the title of the album "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."[9]

Cry Wolf (2014)[edit]

On June 9, 2014, the band announced via their Facebook page that they would be releasing their 3rd album, "Cry Wolf", this fall along with the immediate release of the first single titled "The Day You Were Born". The announcement effectively ended their hiatus that had been going on since December 2012.

Reviews & Reception[edit]

CityNews.ca
Producer Jacquire King
The New York Times
BMI
The Aquarian Weekly

Members[edit]

  • Mark Melicia – vocals
  • David James Rosen – guitar
  • Paul Ritchie – guitar
  • Sam Bey – drums

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • What About Frank? (self-released) (2005)
  • The Parlor Mob EP (2006)
  • And You Were a Crow (2008)
  • Dogs (2011) #5 Top Heatseekers
  • Cry Wolf (2014)
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Main.
2008 "Can't Keep No Good Boy Down" And You Were a Crow
2009 "Hard Times" 35
2011 "Into the Sun" Dogs
2012 "Fall Back"
2014 "The Day You Were Born" Cry Wolf

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