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Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son Release New Album "Shot in the Dark"!

Shot in the Dark is the 3rd full-length studio album by Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

The band said, "We wanted to record an album that showcased this band in its current line-up, with a live, raw, and "reckless" sound. This is the result of those pursuits."

The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at William Paterson University by Joe Larkin.

“There's a lot to gleam from "Shot in the Dark," but perhaps its most exhilarating quality is its promise of more…the record offers as much or more as ever. The words, notes, and motifs mark another step forward for the band…The guitars and vocals are present, and the drums and bass groove deeply [and] Mahoney's direction as a songwriter continues to evolve and show new promise”

- John Shepherd

Musician, friend to the band, and contriuting editor of

Shot in the Dark is now availalbe worldwide.




"Shot in the Dark" Video Out NOW!



Produced by Zack Morrison
Photographed by Adam Volerich and Zack Morrison

Song recorded by Joe Larkin at William Paterson University

The "Shot in the Dark" album will be available digitally Friday July 8th.

Record Release Show @ The Stone Pony on Sunday July 10th!



“Shot in the Dark”: New Record and Summer Tour!

“We wanted to make a record that captured the energy of the band live. We wanted it to be raw, imperfect, and honest, while letting the songs speak for themselves, and we really could not be more excited about it all.”

Shot in the Dark will be available digitally on July 8th via Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, etc., and July 10th on CD.

As if that wasn’t enough good news, the band will also be doing their biggest tour to date to support the new record, including a record release party at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on 7/10 with special guests Backyard Superheroes, Goodbye Tiger, and Will Wood and the Tapeworms!

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

“Shot in the Dark” Summer Tour 2016

6/2 The Meatlocker- Montclair, NJ
6/3 Firehouse 13- Providence, RI
6/4 PA's Lounge- Somerville, MA
6/18 Bowery Ballroom- NYC
6/25 LobsterFest- Bradley Beach, NJ
*7/10 The Stone Pony- Asbury Park, NJ*
7/16 Buzzbin- Canton, OH
7/18 Be Here Now- Muncie, IN
7/19 Daisy Dukes- Nashville, TN
7/20 Swayze's- Marietta, GA
7/21 Double Door Inn- Charlotte, NC
7/22 The Josie House- Richmond, VA
7/30 Chickie and Pete's- Egg Harbor, NJ

8/13 APYC- Asbury Park, NJ

8/19 Arlene's Grocery- NYC

9/9 The Court Tavern- New Brunswick, NJ

More dates TBA!


Thanks so much for all the continued support, and we will see you on the road!

Upcoming Shows! Winter/Spring 2016

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son will be doing a handful of shows over the next few months while they begin work on their newest studio project, which is due this Summer! More shows TBA!

Upcoming Shows! Winter/Spring 2016

2/22 Wonder Bar- Asbury Park, NJ

2/26 Paul's Tavern- Belmar, NJ

3/4 Monmouth University- West Long Branch, NJ

3/18 Sammy's Patio- Revere, MA

3/19 APYC- Asbury Park, NJ

4/1 Open Arts Stage- Bordentown, NJ


Final Shows of 2015

Final Shows in 2015

2015 has been a big year for us. Bittersweet at times, for no band is without growing pains, but it has really been a fun year with a lot of amazing nights and memories. I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for us!

However, before we get to the New Year, we have many faces to melt at our final four shows of the year! If you haven't been out to a show yet, now is the time! If you have seen us 50 times, your 51st show will be the best one yet!

So get out of bed, put on your finest leather jacket, and get your ass to a gig! December 2015 won't know what hit it!

12/11- Firehouse 13- Providence, RI

12/12- PA's Lounge- Somerville, MA

12/19- The Court Tavern- New Brunswick, NJ

12/21- The Wonder Bar- Asbury Park, NJ


Photo by: Mitchell Bilus

Behind the Song: Don't Ever Love Me

Behind the Song: “Don’t Ever Love Me”

Behind the Song: Don't Ever Love Me 

            “Don’t Ever Love Me” was the second single we released for “The Outskirts”. One day Jon and I were writing over Skype and iPhone voice memos, and he sent me the barebones of a riff with this cool F#-F-F# movement and he told me to “run with it”. So I did. At the time, I was taking the Songwriting I class at William Paterson with Professor Martin Briley (“Salt In My Tears”, Celine Dion, Shinedown, etc.). We spent one lecture talking about “Chord Pacing” and how as the song progresses, the pace of the chords should change (ex. 4 measure changes to 2 or 1, for more movement) then we were told to write a song utilizing this concept.

            I went back to my dorm that week and went back to the riff Jon had sent me and began tweaking it. I used the chord pacing idea in the verse, going from 1 measure changes to 2 beat changes in the second half. It gives the song a bit more movement, and on the record, the left and right panning, combined with Jon and I playing octaves of each other really highlighted this change and made it pop.

            In the studio, we spent a lot of time on the vocals. I was in the booth for a couple of hours doing the falsetto harmonies, and we had many takes of gang vocals in the choruses, the bridge, and the outro. We had another set of gangs doing a round with the “I don’t want to be addicted” part at the end, but we ended up scrapping it because it was becoming too cluttered- but it was cool nonetheless.

            Dan came up with the harmonic, “Edge-esque” guitar part in the beginning of the tune, and I think that’s one of the things that helps set it apart from the other tunes on the record. It’s a really cool part. As a pop, song I think it is probably a close second in catchiness to “Another Deadbeat Summer” but I think this song has a little more of an emotional charge to it.

            Lyrically, I wanted to write about two broken people, and one of them knowing that the best thing for the other person was to stay away from them. It takes a lot of courage to admit you love someone, but it takes an entirely different level of courage and restraint to say “I love you, but you shouldn’t love me, for your own good”. I really enjoyed the idea of love being an addiction because it absolutely is as potent as any drug out there. It is something you crave, and the one character knows that if she lets herself fall, she will get completely hooked again, and she can’t handle being broken again. She also doesn’t want to be the one to break him.

            The song is each character stating their case and pleading with the other. Zack Morrison brought this aspect of the song to life in the video he directed. The beginning of the video (and the song) starts out like any date would, and it has an overall happy tone to it. As the song progresses, each character begins to drop the ruse and begins to show their true feelings, one being completely head over heels, and the other hesitant to feel the same. By the end of the song, they are screaming at each other because they are just so frustrated with the situation. It doesn’t have a happy ending- at least in this chapter of the story.

Stay tuned for more "Behind the Song" entries.




Photo by: Phil Shepherd


Behind the Song: Done

After we released “Friends in Low Places” in 2014, every few weeks we released a small article about each song, going through the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the recording of each tune. We really enjoyed doing this, so we are going to do it again for “The Outskirts”. Without further ado… 


            The first song on “The Outskirts”, and also the first radio single (release on 95.9 WRAT), “Done” is probably the heaviest song in our catalog to date. This song was Jon’s baby on the record. He brought the riff, the basic format of the song, and the title to us at a rehearsal in Joe Larkin’s studio all the way back in August of 2014. Originally, the song started with the fuzz bass, then eventually took a Zeppelin-esque turn and broke down to this free-form section before screaming back a la “Whole Lotta Love”. Eventually, we decided to down size it, while keeping the main riff and overall tone. Jon came back with a near complete arrangement, and I wrote the lyrics for the verses and the chorus, as Jon had the “No more lies…” outro.

            Lyrically the song is a blunt look at the cycle of falling in love, heartbreak, rebounding, and so on and so forth. It is also a snapshot of the “hook-up” culture and casual sex that our generation has adopted. Its about being fed up with that cycle and culture, and struggling to find something more meaningful in text messages sent at 3am.

             While it is our heaviest song, I think it is our most technical and toughest to play. Those Foo Fighters- style accents in the verses took a lot of practice to synch up and get right, between all of us, and especially while I was singing. The fuzz-bass intro w/ that slide in was a huge part of the song from day one, and that’s actually me playing bass on the recording for the intro- I was very picky about how long the slide-in was, and wanted to make sure it had the raw attitude and feel that we envisioned. We also spent a lot of time getting the guitars to sound “larger-than-life” which would sent the tone for all the guitars on the entire record. We used AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust” as a template for what we wanted the guitars to be- raw, loud, and powerful. All the guitar parts were recorded with Blackstar Amps, so we were able to get that “Marshall-y” sound with a bit of a modern kick.

            One fun fact about the track was that at one point, we doubled my vocal track, and in Pro Tools, dropped one of them down an octave to get a bit more low-end and to make it grittier, but for a while that was all I could hear, and I hated it, and I refused to release the song until we took it out, and to this day, I am crazy enough to think I can still hear it- but that’s my own insanity. The recording process definitely takes a toll on my mind!

Stay tuned for the next installments of “Behind the Song”, and see you on the road!



New Video- "The Outskirts"


"The Outskirts"

Directed by Zack Morrison

"The Outskirts" Now Available Worldwide

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son's sophomore record "The Outskirts" is now available in physical copies, as well as on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and more.

 of The Aquarian Weekly said "If you’re looking for something that has the typical sounds of the Jersey Shore, The Outskirts probably isn’t for you. The record steps far outside those boundaries, at times dancing the razor’s edge of hardcore and metal before settling into a boisterous center of raw rock and roll," and "The Outskirts is an unbridled ride across style, attitude and the rebellious tube-fueled angst of an artist not satisfied to tread water."

Download "The Outskirts":

"The Outskirts" The Punk Anthem of the Summer
Any street rat can hear how much effort and talent that has gone into the production of this album. Bobby Mahoney by himself is a mastermind, but I think Bruce Springsteen and Bon Scott came to him in the night and implanted the formula for a great rock album straight into his frontal lobe. Bobby Mahoney and Jon Alba have outdone themselves yet again. [Read More...]