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The Parlor Mob in Asbury Park: ‘The boys are back in town!’

The Parlor Mob

By Michael Dinger, Rock At Night NYC

Venue: The Stone Pony-Asbury Park, New Jersey-October 25, 2019

The Parlor Mob

The conquering heroes returned home to close out their run of multi-city, headlining US tour dates in support of their latest offering, their fifth album titled Dark Hour (Brittania Row Recordings/BMG).  The zealous audience, which packed the iconic venue to capacity, was treated to a blistering performance from the retro-rock revivalists.   

The Parlor Mob, a name derived from the notorious 19th century New York City gang, is a quintet lineup comprised of Mark Melicia (vocals), Sam Bey (drums), Paul Ritchie (guitar), Gianni Scalise (bass) and Erik Rudic (guitar).  Although there have been many praiseworthy, critical comparisons to one of the forefathers of rock, Led Zeppelin, as well as noted influential artists The White Stripes, Wolfmother and the Kings Of Leon, The Parlor Mob represent a modern take on the classic, blues rock vibeTheir sound is highlighted by frontman Melicia’s raw and passionate vocals, extraordinary dualguitar arrangements between Ritchie and Rudic, and rock-solid rhythms from Bey – all of which were on full display at The Stone Pony this past Friday night. 

The Jersey natives tore through the sixteen-song set that included crowd-pleasing staples from their entire catalogue, including eight songs from Dark Hour.  The first offering was the emotionally charged “All I’m Holding Onto,” followed by the hard-driving rocker “Into The Sun,” the lead single from their previous album, Dogs (2011).  The intimate gathering of family, friends and fans, having already been sent into a frenzy at the start of the show, was euphoric during the mid-set performance of the Mob’s fast-paced “American Dream,” featuring the incendiary guitar of Rudic.   

The Parlor Mob

The Parlor Mob closed out the celebratory night with an encore of two classics from their 2008 debut studio album, And You Were a Crow.  The feedback-laden guitars and wailing vocals of the penultimate “Hard Times,reminiscent of Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine), was followed by Can’t Keep No Good Boy Down. In the show’s final moments, with the captivated audience chanting the chorus in unison, “Ain’t no turnin‘ back, many fans must have asked themselves what will come next for our Garden State boys?  We can hardly wait to find out! 

SET LIST

All I’m Holding Onto 

Into The Sun 

Gun In My Hand 

The Kids 

Someday 

So Low 

Setting With The Sun 

No Harm 

Tide Of Tears 

American Dream 

House Of Cards 

Cry Wolf 

Intro / Dark Hour 

Everything You’re Breathing For 

Hard Times 

Can’t Keep No Good Boy Down 

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Michael Dinger

Michael lives in Rockland County, New York with his wife and two daughters. One of his earliest, memorable assignments was coverage of the 2002 Clearwater Festival, an annual celebration of music, arts and environmental activism dating back to the mid-1960s. It was here where Michael photographed a performance by the legendary Richie Havens - and his passion for concert photography was born. For nearly the past two decades, Michael has photographed artists the likes of U2, Weezer, Pixies, Muse, Slash, Cage the Elephant and many others. When he is not shooting the rockstars, Michael can usually be found mountain biking along the trails of the Hudson River Valley.
Michael Dinger
About Michael Dinger (3 Articles)
Michael lives in Rockland County, New York with his wife and two daughters. One of his earliest, memorable assignments was coverage of the 2002 Clearwater Festival, an annual celebration of music, arts and environmental activism dating back to the mid-1960s. It was here where Michael photographed a performance by the legendary Richie Havens - and his passion for concert photography was born. For nearly the past two decades, Michael has photographed artists the likes of U2, Weezer, Pixies, Muse, Slash, Cage the Elephant and many others. When he is not shooting the rockstars, Michael can usually be found mountain biking along the trails of the Hudson River Valley.