By Deaglan Howlett | Posted Tuesday, December 26, 2017
For fans of: The Gaslight Anthem, Beach Slang, Against Me!
Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son are an alternative rock band based out of East Brunswick, New Jersey. The group’s current line up consists of Bobby Mahoney on guitar/vocals, Andrew Saul guitar/vocals, John Shepherd bass/vocals, and James McIntosh on drums. Their latest single “Empty Passenger Seats” was released September 13th with a new recording of 2014’s Friends in Low Places track “Another Deadbeat Summer.” “Empty Passenger Seats” is yet another anthemic rock song from the group that sounds unmistakably “New Jersey.”
The track perfectly encapsulates a late night summer drive like only a New Jersey band can. The song echoes Jersey heroes The Gaslight Anthem in quite a flattering way, both lyrically and instrumentation-wise. The song is raw and emotional, and the listener can tell Mahoney has put his all into the lyrics and vocal performance. Being as familiar as I am with Mahoney’s music, to me, this is the most honest song I have yet to hear from him. This is truly the sound of Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son.
The second track on the single, or side b, is a new recording of “Deadbeat Summer” off of 2014’s release Friends in Low Places. This version is faster and features some saxophone, courtesy of Zack Sandler. This track is the perfect companion to “Empty Passenger Seats,” demonstrating the timelessness of Mahoney’s tracks.
This single is just the beginning for new music in 2018 from Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son. Keep your eyes open for new music from them and make sure you check them out at the Stone Pony on December, 30th!
Listen to “Empty Passenger Seats” here.