Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son have three albums under their belt, and they’re still growing. That much is clear, and then some, on their new self-titled EP.
The New Jersey rockers obviously come from an area that is used to pumping out punk-driven bands like it’s nothing. This history has always been a part of Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son’s music: starting with their debut EP, Only Ashes Remain, which was released all the way back in 2012. They quickly gained recognition in the New Jersey scene and started wracking up some nominations at the Asbury Park Music Awards.
Since then, they have continued to release new music very frequently and do heavy amounts of touring around the east coast. This dedication, coupled with great music, has helped the band share stages with The Gaslight Anthem, The Hold Steady, Pianos Become the Teeth, Pity Sex, and many, many more.
With their new EP, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son make sure to bring all of their past experiences together to make an enjoyable ride full of consistently catchy music. And it doesn’t seem like they are at all shy about where they come from. From the minute the first chorus kicks in on the opener “Empty Passenger Seats,” you can hear The Menzingers and The Gaslight Anthem bleeding through. The former even gets a nice little callout in “Lorraine,” specifically referencing their 2012 release On the Impossible Past.
On the new record, Bobby Mahoney shares, “We went int he studio last summer with a handful of new songs, and some ideas for older tunes, with the goal of capturing a clear example of what we do as a band. I wanted the songs to speak for themselves, and to convey our live energy, and I think we were successful. We loved writing and playing these songs, and I think you can hear that on the record.”
It’s safe to say that you can consider Mahoney’s goal of having the songs speak for themselves a success. Their New Jersey influences run deep on this new EP, in the best way possible. This scene can use another band like The Gaslight Anthem or The Menzingers, and I think can say that we have found that here.
It’s unclear, at the moment, if Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son have extensive touring plans to bring this EP on the road. One thing is clear, however, with their new self-titled EP, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh son acknowledge where they have been, but still love where they are going.
Below you will find our exclusive stream of this new album, and let us know in the comments below or on social media how you feel about the new EP! It will see it’s official release this Friday, March 23.