If any criticism dare be spoken about The Parlor Mob’s aggressive debut And You Were A Crow, it’s perhaps that the band wore its influences a little too much on its sleeve. Back with a delicious second effort, the band defies expectations and builds upon the solid foundation set by Crow. Stepping further out of their comfort zone, Dogs is a collection of cuts jam-packed with contemporary flair, harder guitars, and even a few well-polished ballads thrown into the mix.
Lead single “Into the Sun” is a rousing head-banger. Singer Mark Melicia croons “Though for now it seems this struggle has only begun / I’m still believing our day is gonna come, when we step out of the shadows and into the sun.” A loud, proud and honest effort – exactly as it should be.
“I Want To See You” is an epic arena rock track seething with a one-minute-plus jam session accentuating the talents of guitarists David Rosen and Paul Ritchie. “Take What’s Mine” is another example of what this band is capable of, an in-your-face rocker boasting a contagious energy and blistering swagger that’s sure to please.
Dogs dispels any worries that this mob might be a group of wannabes. With crows behind them and dogs at their side, there is no question that these ambitious, bright-eyed rockers may just be our next Foo Fighters or Soundgarden.