Published on September 30th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


The Parlor Mob On “Dark Hour” & More At Louisville, Kentucky’s 2019 “Louder Than Life” Festival

New Jersey-based rock group The Parlor Mob — comprised of vocalist Mark Melicia, guitarist Paul Ritchie, bassist Gianni Scalise and drummer Sam Bey — released a new album entitled Dark Hour last month via BMG and Britannia Row Recordings. This offering marks the band’s fourth full-length effort, while its discography also includes two previous EPs, 2006’s The Parlor Mob and 2015’s Cry Wolf.

Britannia Row founder and GRAMMY Award-winning powerhouse Malay (Frank Ocean, ZAYN, John Legend, Lykke Li, Sam Smith) was at the helm of Dark Hour, which drives rock music off its usual path and into new territory altogether. Complete with fiery melodies and driving momentum, this eclectic piece of work seamlessly synthesizes raw and robust lyrics with cinematic production, sonically pushing boundaries and recharging rock ‘n’ roll through a lens of 21st century production.

In celebration of the new Dark Hour album, The Parlor Mob is currently in the midst of a massive fall tour across the United States. This included an appearance at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, September 28, at which I interviewed all four of the band’s members. Topics of discussion included Dark Hour, New Jersey, non-Springsteen artists from New Jersey, working with BMG, surviving the major label world, and what’s coming up for the band in 2020.

More on The Parlor Mob — tour dates included — can be found online at

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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