The Parlor Mob came about roughly around the same time as Young the Giant and there’s a lot of similarities to the two bands. They make alternative rock that’s far more alternative than rock. They both have charismatic frontmen who have unique voices and drive the sound. They’re also both big on guitars on certain songs and feature nontraditional bass lines on others. They can do straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, or they can do something completely different. Both bands tend to take the music where it wants to go. The biggest difference between the two bands is that Young The Giant has had a lot of great breaks while The Parlor Mob has had a lot of poor luck since their inception. Still, they’re still making music, even if their most recent album, Dark Hour is just their sixth big release since 2005 and their first album since 2011. Dark Hour is a great record and a must-listen for any fan of alternative rock that leans toward the artistic side of the genre.
Dark Hour is special for a few reasons, the first is Mark Melicia’s vocal. It’s just as good as it was all the way back on their album, Dogs. Really, it might be better. His higher ranged voice has gotten a little raspier over the years and it adds something to the overall vibe of the music. Melicia’s vocal is awesome but The Parlor Mob also delivers with Paul Ritchie’s guitar too. On songs like “House of Cards” the Parlor Mob plays that straight-forward rock music and they do it well.
The Parlor Mob’s Dark Hour twists and turns how it’s supposed to. Some of these songs are focused on hooks, some are focused on guitars, some are focused on atmospheric elements and some of them are just out to add to the cohesiveness of the album. This is a solid record that you should give a listen to if you haven’t checked out The Parlor Mob. Like bands like Cage The Elephant, Young The Giant, The Front Bottoms, and FIDLAR – this is authentic music. It’s not just from the heart, it’s from the very bottom of the soul. Listen to this, you won’t regret it.