Bobby Mahoney
Bobby Mahoney
Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son performing at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick in September.

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son was formed in December 2010 under the name “Seventh Son” in East Brunswick, NJ. Originally intended for a single show, the band quickly caught on locally and began to play the New Jersey rock circuit.

In 2012, the band released its first EP, Only Ashes Remain, which featured both studio and live tracks. The band continued to trudge forward and was nominated for “Top Young Band” at the 2013 Asbury Park Music Awards.

In 2014, the band rebranded as “Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son” while simultaneously undergoing some lineup changes. The new endeavor combines some of the favorite tracks of the previous run with some new ideas as well, but ultimately, the same fun rock that all fans grew to enjoy.

The band consists of Bobby Mahoney, Jon Alba, Joe Larkin, James McIntosh and Dan Cohen.

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son


“Friends in Low Places” Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son


Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son’s debut album Friends in Low Places is one of those albums that you can put in your CD player and listen to for hours. Their video for “Another Deadbeat Summer” showcases the bands pop-punk vibe while bringing the song’s lyrics to life.

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Extra bonus!!! Catch some of their live performances on YouTube!

Personally, I really enjoyed listening to this album. There were a few songs that really stood out to me. Scoundrels, Guilden Street and Self-Induced Exile were the three songs that I jammed to every morning on the way to school.

Scoundrels, my favorite song on the album, deserves an award. The lyrics, which are also the lyrics used in the album title, spoke to me. Bobby’s guitar solo in this song gave me chills, when I listened to it on the album and even more so when I saw these guys perform it live. Make sure you listen to this song, you won’t regret it. I mean, I got a tattoo of the lyrics from this song and I don’t regret that so why would you regret listening to this masterpiece?

Friends In Low Places
Bobby Mahoney posing with my “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places” tattoo

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son
A close-up of my tattoo influenced by the lyrics in Scoundrels

 

 

 

 

 

Now, onto Guilden Street and Self-Induced Exile.

Guilden Street is an awesome ballad, whose lyrics sing a song that brings the memories from high school fluttering back into your mind.

Self-Induced Exile is a good song because it starts out acoustic and slow then switches to more of the punk rock, teenage angst feel that was portrayed throughout the album. The acoustics on this song show Bobby’s wide range of talent along with the other band members’. Self-Induced Exile is a solid close to a great album.

Listen to these guys out on Spotify, iTunes and BandCamp!

In a world where technology is ever evolving, synthesizers have become the norm and making an album on your MacBook is possible, it’s nice to see such a young, real, energizing band perform live. Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son stay true to their sound and are able to bring back that pop-punk “Jersey music scene” vibe that this state was beginning to lose. I can see how his influencers, like Bruce Springsteen and The Gaslight Anthem shaped his music and lyrics. This band is giving those known artists a run for their money and I can’t wait to see what big things are going to come to these guys.

Check out their website for information on shows, news, the meaning behind the songs and their social media accounts (which every one of you who have read this should follow!!)

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Friends in Low Places

 

Review by: The Jess Frank

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