Live Review: The Parlor Mob Rocks the House of Blues in Hollywood


Hailing from New Jersey, the Parlor Mob hit the stage at the House of Blues on the legendary Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA earlier this month. Performing songs from their Roadrunner Records album Dogs, the Parlor Mob's aggressive guitar riffs, distinct vocals and tantalizing stage presence, definitely make the band one to watch.


The Parlor Mob, a name based on the 19th century gang, is made up of front man Mark Melicia, guitarist David Rosen, guitarist Paul Ritchie, bassist Anthony Chick and drummer Sam Bey. The band succeeds in bringing Rock N' Roll back without being gimmicky. These guys are the real deal.


With, "Into the Sun," a track that's making its way around the sports circuit, the group captivated the crowd inside the HOB with their fast drum beats, killer vocals and bad ass guitar solos. There's no wonder girls in the audience screamed and danced as if they were possessed by the auditory awesomeness oozing from the speakers. Guys in the audience were digging it too as fists pumped into the air during, "Fall Back," the quintessential rock anthem where Melicia belted at the top of his lungs, "Fall back, girl you don't know how to act...You're fucking crazy and your mind is a mess, so fall back."


Appealing to a more softer side, the band exemplified a diverse set list with, "Hard Enough," which caused us to immediately fall in love with the emotional, honest and heartfelt track. By this time, we were now convinced we had to see band again if they rolled through Hollywood again. During a short intermission, the crowd yelled their request for, "Hard Times," a clear favorite that featured a harmonica. Closing the show with the perfect power ballad, "The Beginning," front man Melicia belted lyrics to the melodic and progressive tune, which had the audience head-bagging during some portions of the performance.



See photos from the entire show in our slide show below:


Stay up to date on the band and visit the following sites to see when they're coming to a city near you. 



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