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INTERVIEW: Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Hey Bobby, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m great! Thanks for asking! Been keeping busy!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Roaring Twenties”?

“Roaring Twenties” is our newest single, off our new self-titled EP. It’s a song about hoping tomorrow is better than today, and about learning from the past to benefit the future. It’s a blast to play live and it’s becoming one of my favorites.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not one particular event, but the overall climate of the world today. We need to do better for future generations. I was also influenced by The Great Gatsby and the Twenties culture. I hope the 2020’s have a similar youth and arts boom.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

I’d love to do a video for this at some point! We have some other plans for “Called it Quits” first but we will get to it.

How was the recording and writing process?

We did all the tracking for the EP at North End Recording in Clifton, NJ with “Cousin” Frank Marra. We recorded the basic track live, and really only overdubbed the vocals, solo, keys, and 12 string. Mastered by Tim Panella at Lakehouse in Asbury Park. This was the most organic studio experience we have had, and I think it comes across on the recording.

What role does New Jersey play in your music?

NJ has always had a big impact on my writing, and the band’s sound. Growing up playing places like The Stone Pony and The Saint, the “sound of Asbury Park” has always been ingrained in me. There’s something in the water in NJ. There’s so many talented bands and it definitely pushes us to be the best we can be every night.

How has The Gaslight Anthem and Against Me! influenced your music?

Gaslight Anthem have been one of my favorite bands for a while now. I saw them live for the first time on American Slang tour. I’ve always loved Brian’s lyrics, imagery, and simple “less is more” songwriting style. Against Me! just rips. Great catchy songs that rock hard. That’s what I aspire to write. Against Me also puts on energetic shows where the songs speak for themselves.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I find inspiration for songs anywhere honestly. Something someone says in conversation could catch my ear, or a something written on a bathroom wall, or even TV Shows and movies. It’ll usually start with one line, or Riff then I’ll expand on it from there. Once I get the songs structured in some way on my own, I bring it to the band for them to come up with their parts. Politics impacts my writing as well sometimes. I just enjoy writing songs that I would want to listen to.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yep! Trying to play out of state as much as possible! Hitting Buffalo, NY on 4.14 and Niagara Falls on 4.15. We will do more weekender trips during the spring and summer, and a longer tour in the fall.

What else is happening next in Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son’s world?

Well we just dropped the EP, and we are booking shows constantly. We are going to keep writing and playing and trying to be better than we were the night before!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BobbyMahoney

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bobbymahoneymusic/

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