On June 14th, New Jersey alt-punk rockers Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son took over the stage at The House of Independents in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Hailing from the town of East Brunswick, this band had the support and following of many friends, fans, and family in attendance and pumped out a show that rocked the walls of this intimate venue. Hard rock infused with catchy tunes and punk undertones made this performance a very enjoyable experience.
Their self-titled album, recently released, is their fourth; a notable accomplishment for a band that only formed in December of 2010. As a matter of fact, the very first performance of The Seventh Son (their original name) was only supposed to be a one-time gig. But if you attend one of their live shows, you will understand how and why this group immediately got a following who wanted more of this unique sound. In a time where a lot of music sounds the same, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son have created an identity with a distinct sound that blends classic 70's rock, punk elements, and insightful lyrics with an abundance of enthusiasm.
They started off with the 2014 hit "Another Deadbeat Summer" and never looked back. Their fourteen-song set included head-banging favorites such as "Empty Passenger Seats," "Shot in the Dark," and "Called It Quits;" all played with the energy and animation that would rival a Green Day concert. Frontman Bobby Mahoney has powerhouse vocals that punctuate and drive his songs forward. His tone is similar in ilk to Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, but he also has a grittiness and richness that makes it uniquely different.
He exchanged jamming guitar solos with Andrew Saul (guitars, backing vocals) in several songs and their synergy is one of the band's best qualities. James McIntosh (drums) and Jon Chang-Soon (bass, backing vocals) were steadfast in providing a tight, fast-paced rock and roll foundation. In terms of likability, this band wins hands down. They exuded a feeling of warmth and friendship with those in the audience and were happy to collaborate with fellow musicians during their performance. In a more tender moment, the band played their ballad "Black and Milds," which Bobby sang as a sweet duet with his friend Tori. And once he realized that former bandmates were in attendance, he invited them all on stage to sing and jam together. It was a really special moment and it seemed like each one of them had the time of their life up there on stage together.
As Mahoney introduced their final song "Roaring Twenties," he pointed out that its message is one of optimism and hope for better days ahead. Although these times can seem bleak, they prefer to focus on positive outcomes. That focus, along with a lot of hard work, seems to have paid off for this band. In just the last two months, their fourth, self-titled album Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son was released and they were asked to open for Bon Jovi at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on April 8, 2018. Make sure to catch one of their upcoming shows so you too can see what all of the hype is about!
Another Deadbeat Summer / Empty Passenger Seats / Called It Quits / Shot In The Dark / Jackie Was A Renegade / Danger Dan / Lorraine / Leave It Frayed / Ride Alone / Black and Milds / All These Things (The Killers cover) & Thrash Unreal (Against Me cover) / .38 Special / Roaring Twenties / Anxiety Queens