Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son were formed in December 2010 under the name “Seventh Son” in East Brunswick, NJ. Originally intended for a single show, the band quickly caught on locally and began to play the New Jersey rock circuit.
Jon Alba, the rhythm guitarist and back up vocalist talked to WQAQ about his band.
How has QU helped your music career?
I used to have a radio show on WQAQ, so I got exposed to some genres of rock I would have never heard before. I played a couple of the Battle of the Bands as well, and met some cool people through that who I have since played with.
What/who is your music inspiration?
We describe our band as AC/DC meets Gaslight Anthem meets Green Day meets Bruce Springsteen. There are so many different sounds going on with so many different song elements as well. We take a lot of pride in bringing those all to the table and forming them into one, cohesive sound.
How often do you guys play live and what do you love about performing?
We are currently in the middle of promoting our album “Friends in Low Places,” and have toured throughout the Northeast and even out of the country. This past summer we did a short Canadian leg, and we’ll be going back up there in November as part of “Light of Day Canada.”
We believe our live show is what sells people on us. Legitimately, every single show we have played, we have a new person who has never seen us say something along the lines of “Wow, your energy was on another level.” We take a lot of pride in our stage show, which is full of tight playing, antics and some cleverly-channeled dynamic changes. Plus, it’s all natural for us. Those bands mentioned prior are our biggest influences, and what do they all have in common? They’re some of the best live bands in the history of rock music.
How did your band meet/come together?
The band goes back four years to a lesser-developed more part-time kind of experience. Over the last year though, we have taken the steps to become very serious in our endeavors, adding new members. Bobby Mahoney, the lead singer/lead guitarist, has established a reputation in the Jersey rock scene, and has shared the stage with Springsteen himself. We currently have three guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer, and it’s one of the oddest, yet somehow cohesive units you’ll ever see. Bobby and myself are the only two original members, however.
Where do you see the band going in the future?
Wherever it takes us. It’s a hobby for me, but for the rest of the band, that’s their career-path they’re choosing. Would I do it for a living? Absolutely. But it’s grueling. We’re all very passionate about it still, and plan to take it as far as we can.
What’s your most memorable show you have played, can you describe it?
There are two shows, for me, that stick out in particular. The first would be our CD release party we had at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ this past summer. We were headlining a club where so many musicians had their career made, and we packed the place for one of the most intimate and incredible nights of music we’ve ever had. We played for two hours.
Another would be a relatively recent stop at another legendary Jersey venue, the Court Tavern in New Brunswick. This is where the kings of the indie rock scene are born in the state, and it is as intense as it gets down there. We had a 4K camera shooting some of the show, yet people were moshing all around it. Awesome.
What makes your band different from other bands?
I think the blend of sounds you hear in the music. I believe in the mantra “simple ain’t easy,” and though it’s not all that simple, we aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel either. We take a ton of pride in our live show, where as a lot of bands focus just on bringing the music. That, I feel, sets us apart.
How would you describe your bands style?
It’s a combination of hard rock and punk, for sure.
How many albums do you have, if any?
We just released our first full-length studio album, “Friends in Low Places,” on June 22 of this past year. Previously, we had an EP entitled “Only Ashes Remain,” which was with one of the older incarnations of the band. We are also currently working on a new recording project, though are unsure of the route we are taking with it as of yet.