An Interview with Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

If you haven’t heard of Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, pay attention! They are a hard rock/punk band from New Jersey consisting of Bobby Mahoney, James McIntosh, Andrew Saul, & Jon Chang-Soon. In 2012, the band released their first EP, Only Ashes Remain, which paved the way for them, back when their band name was “Seventh Son.” They gained exposure and nominations for “Top Young Band” at the Asbury Park Music Awards in 2013. Their first full-studio album was released in 2014 and the band was once again nominated for “Top Young Band” at the Asbury Park Music Awards in both 2014 and 2015. In 2015, they released their second album, The Outskirts. In 2016, the band released their third full-length album and began touring around the country for the next two years. In March of 2018, their self-titled EP was released and the band will be touring all summer long. They took some time out of their busy schedule to chat with us; check out our interview below!

Photo: Kelsey Ayres

You recently released your self-titled album in March – congratulations! Tell us a little bit about the writing process and your thoughts on how the album turned out.

Thank you! The new record consists of 4 new songs, 3 rerecorded older songs, and 3 live tracks. The new songs were written over a year of traveling playing out of state. “Empty Passenger Seats” was written during an all night drive home from playing in Richmond, VA, then arranged in a hotel room outside Pittsburgh, then recorded in Jersey at North End Recording. We are really proud of the work we did with Frank Marra. The recordings really do the songs justice, and are a clear representation of what we do.

If you each had to pick a favorite song from the album, which would it be and why?

“Called It Quits” and “Roaring Twenties” would probably be my favorites. They are the most different and fresh sounding to me. They are also a blast to play live. I’m also proud of the lyrics on those songs in particular.

As a band with deep roots in New Jersey, do you think that the Jersey music scene has inspired your music and/or songwriting process?

Absolutely. Jersey is in our blood. There’s definitely something in the water here— so many incredible local Jersey bands. We are pushed to be our best every single night because all of our friends are in kick ass bands too. It is fun to be able to go see awesome bands any night of the week. Writers from NJ like Springsteen, Brian Fallon, Bon Jovi all have simple, yet extremely effective, thought provoking, and catchy songs, and those are my favorite songs.

In early April, you had the opportunity to open up for Bon Jovi at the Prudential Center for a sold-out crowd of almost 20,000 people! Tell us a little bit about what that was like for you.

It was wonderful! It was really a dream come true for us. The first song I ever sang in the 5th grade talent show was “Wanted Dead or Alive” so to be able to share the stage with them was unreal. We were asked the week of the show, so it was a bit of a whirlwind, but we had a great time. The crew were awesome too. It was also really no different than playing a basement show or playing The Stone Pony for us. We just plugged our guitars in and went at it like we usually do.

Photo: Kelsey Ayres

Bobby, you’re the lead vocalist, but can you tell us what inspired the rest of the band name: The Seventh Son? Is there a funny story behind that or does it have a deeper meaning?

Originally, I started a band in High School, 2011, with Drew Agey and Jon Alba which was called Seventh Son, after a lyric in AC/DC’s “Bad Boy Boogie”— “On the Seventh Day I was the Seventh Son, and I scared the hell out of everyone” and I always like the rock n roll mythos of Angus Young and the problem child from hell. In 2014 when we were rebranding after a bunch of line-up changes, I decided to keep the name out of familiarity, and to pay homage to the hard rock n roll roots of the band.

When the four of you aren’t on the road or in the studio, what do you like to do outside of the band? 

James loves riding his motorcycle and working on cars. Andrew works for AIG in data analysis and loves metal music. Jon is a graphic designer and also plays guitar, and is a live sound engineer. I used to play ice hockey, but I teach music during the day. Music is pretty much all I do now. I like going on roller coasters with my girlfriend too.

As an alt-rock band, who are some other rock artists that you’re inspired by?

Against Me!, The Menzingers, The Gaslight Anthem, Springsteen, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Motorhead, Green Day, Rolling Stones, Jesse Malin, Neil Young—I could go on for a while.

If you wanted to share your music with a stranger, what would you say to them to inspire them to check out your band?

We are an energetic rock n roll band with catchy songs. Whether it is 100 kids in a basement, or 20,000 Bon Jovi fans, we will entertain and put on a wild show and you’ll get the songs stuck in your head.

Do you have any upcoming shows or tours that fans can keep an eye out for? 

6.14 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents

6.16 – Lancaster, PA @ Kalediscope

6.23 – Bradley Beach, NJ @ Bradley Beach Lobster Fest

7.13 – NYC @ Pianos

7.15 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Yacht Club (APFC World Cup)

7.15 – East Brunswick, NJ @ Blueberry Lawnching Festival

7.26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere

Is there anything you’d like to add that we might not have touched on?

New record on Spotify, band camp, etc. anywhere you can find music, and new videos on our YouTube channel too!

Featured Image: Kelsey Ayres

Sarah DeNunzio

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