Asbury Park, New Jersey has delivered stars before, and alternative rock band Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son could just be the next success story. Bobby Mahoney (vocals, guitar), James McIntosh (drums), Andrew Saul (guitar, vocals), and Jon Chang-Soon (bass, vocals) shared the stage with the likes of Frank Turner, Against Me!, and The Gaslight Anthem, and their influences seem to be heard here. In any case, their new EP We Go On is convincing, featuring 5 hit-sensitive songs, both rockers and ballads – all passionate, with a big sound, sing-along lyrics (“Sha la la, sha la la // Hey hey // Get ya thru the day “), and grand gestures. Standout track Take What You Can Get is an ode to the great Jersey rockers, and blue-collar work ethics and culture, and also a scathing review of capitalism. The emotional Bon Jovi-esque single Lay It On Me was inspired by the very-American old Western movie posters in the extremely-American Disneyland Paris’ Hotel Cheyenne lobby, and reflects on the general idea of what being an American is over the last few years. All the ingredients for a breakthrough are present.
We Go On is out now digitally. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp