Interview with Anthony Chick of THE PARLOR MOB September 20,2011

September 22, 2011 by: admin

September 20, 2011


Anthony Chick (Bass)

Asbury Park, New Jersey

By: Shauna O’Donnell

Hi Anthony, how are you?

Hi Shauna, I’m good, how are you?

I’m doing really good.

What are you doing right now?

I’m in my office interviewing you. So how are you guys doing? It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the band.

We are doing good. We are just rehearsing right now.

I know I haven’t met you yet, but I have met the rest of the guys. I’m really excited because you guys are coming to the Viper Room. I will definitely be there.

Awesome, I can’t wait to meet you in person.

It is always exciting for me to interview a member of the Parlor Mob because I have been a fan for a long time.

Oh cool, before I was a member, I was a fan for a really long time also.

How long have you been in the band now?

I’ve been with the band for a little over a year and a half now.

The band members grew up together. Did you grow up with them as well?

Yes I did, Mark and I used to walk to Kindergarten or first grade together. He and I are super deep. All of us grew up in the same town and in the same school district. Sam and  I played ice hockey together for fifteen years growing up. We all run deep.

Were you in bands prior to joining Parlor Mob?

Yes and I’m still in one of them. It is called Sikamor Rooney. Sam, Dave and I are in that band.

You guys are getting ready to release your sophomore album titled Dogs on October 11th. Congratulations! I’ve heard it and it is awesome. Were you involved with the writing process of the album?

Yes I was, for the entire thing.

I read your bio on Facebook. It was written so well.

Yeah that’s Dave, he writes the best out of all of us.

There was this one line that really sums it all up as to how a band struggles to make it in this industry. The line was “Satisfaction has proven very difficult to come by in an industry that, since our inception, has only grown more and more difficult to flourish in as an artist.” Is that what Dogs is all about?

Yeah for the most part that is exactly what Dogs is about. If you listen to it, the album starts off with “How It’s Going To Be” and ends with “The Beginning.” In the song “How It’s Going To Be” Mark is screaming in the chorus “If I’m never going to be something, it doesn’t matter to me.” It’s all about our effort into everything. If we come up short in the long run for whatever success is in the industry, then at least we know for ourselves that we gave it our all.

What has been the biggest struggle for you guys?

Getting us and the label on the same page and both of us happy was a struggle. The pressure to write hits and still stay artistic to ourselves, be true to ourselves and make us happy pretty much was making everyone across the board that we work with in the project all the way through feel the same way.

What has been the most rewarding part?

I think that remains to be seen still, but I think at the end of the day, the record sounds amazing. From beginning to end it sounds like an action movie to me. It takes you to a lot of different places and it sounds really good. Matt Radosevich, our producer, did an amazing job on it.

This album is a bit different musically. Was that intentional or is that just how it all flowed out of you guys?

You mean different from the first record being less of a rock/swing record and more of a straightforward record? More contemporary as opposed to a classic rock revival that some people hoped of us? We wanted to stay current. You never really want to do the same thing that you did on your first record. You want to continue to grow as a musician and as a band. You want to progress, stay current and stay somewhat contemporary, plus stay true to your roots. It’s hard to do all of that. That is part of the struggle of the whole writing process, is to find a way to do that. Do you think it is a drastic difference from the first record?

I don’t think it’s drastic. The thing is, with Mark’s voice, when you listen to a song you know it’s Parlor Mob because his voice is so distinct. I think it is a little more catchy and upbeat.

It’s a little more hooky with bigger choruses. That was all intentional, we wanted to do that. We are really proud of it.

Did you use different gear this time?

No, I personally have a different tone and a different sound than Nick did, but Dave is always increasing his sound and working on his tone with his new pedals and things of that nature. Gear wise, nothing much has changed at all.

What brand of bass do you use?

I play a Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe. I love her, her name is Samantha.

I love the first single off the album titled “Into The Sun.” Is it true you are giving away the single for free on your Facebook page?

We are giving the single away for free. I think all you have to do is like us, you get a link and that is it.

How is it doing on radio so far?

I’m not too positive. I think it is doing good. I know it’s going around the country and hopefully it is being spun.

Do you think any of the songs will be picked up for TV this time? On the last album, a song was used for the show Knight Rider.

We hope to be doing things on a larger scale with television. That would be awesome Shauna, we would really like that.

The video for the song is up on your website now. It was directed by Clay Patrick Mc Bride. What’s going on in the video? I like how the video is all dark, but it seems like all of you are spotlighted.

First off Clay Patrick Mc Bride is a real artist. He is so in tune with what he does with a lot of emotion and passion. He felt really connected to the song right off the bat. We had some time in the studio with him before the video and he did all of our photography for the record. He came to us with the treatment of the old man in the hospital and the young girl. It was all his idea. With the live performance he wanted it to have that sunlight peeping through on us the entire time during our performance. I think it looks awesome, especially the performance part. I could see how the storyline could fall through the cracks because there are ten second shots here and there.

What is the storyline?

It’s open for interpretation. I think that the basis of it is a father and daughter coming to peace with some falling out that they had at some point in their lives.

I like how the old man went into the lake and then emerged with her in his arms.

Yeah and I wonder where that lake was because it was shot in Brooklyn. I’m curious about where they found this lake.

How long did it take you to shoot the video?

It took a weekend, but we were only on call for one day because we just did the performance on a Sunday afternoon here in New Jersey.

You have a couple tour dates leading up to the release posted. Is there a plan for a tour already in the works for after it releases?

Yes, we should be routed out across the country again and hopefully back home before the holidays. We are kind of doing things on the fly at the moment. We do our record release here on October 14th.

The holidays come faster every year.

Yeah and they get longer every year too.

Are you looking forward to getting out on the road?

Yeah we all are ready to support this record and to tour. It will be cool to see new fans as well as the old ones. We enjoy playing these songs live, so we are excited to get out there for sure.

Which song do you enjoy playing most live?

“Into The Sun” is great and it is always fun to play that tune. There are so many great songs on the record and they all take you to such different places. I think that “I Want To See You” is a song off the record that has a lot of meat and potatoes. It’s like the climactic part in the movie. It is great to play live because it has huge guitar solos by Paul and Dave with heavy back beats. That song sounds great live and I love playing it.

I look forward to meeting you. Thank you so much for the interview.

Thank you Shauna, I appreciate it.

I wish you the best of luck and I will see you at the Viper Room. Do you want to add or say anything?

No, I’m cool right now, I’m ready to get back in there and start wailing on these tunes again, so we can play them in front of you.

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