Our old man has a new record...

Hey folks - Luke and I's dad David Mallett has a new record out and you should most definitely give it a listen. Luke and I sat in for a good part of the recording process and were lucky enough to get to contribute some guitar, banjo, vocals and a little songwriting on a couple tracks. Check it out when you get the chance, we're sure you'll dig it. 

Here's the title track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpMNOCoMf_0

He's keeping up a pretty busy tour schedule, too; check out davidmallett.com for details. 

Cheers dudes, catch you out there!

Will

Limited Run of 8-Tracks Now Available!

"Lights Along the River" is now available on 8-track tape, while supplies last!

Now, we realize these may be completely impractical for 99.9% of you out there, but for that .1% - we know you've been dying for some fresh tunes for your old ride and you're in luck. 

Check 'em out on the TMBB store, where you'll find some other fresh gear like blaze orange beanies and the coolest beer coozies around. Cheers guys!

2016 NYE Hometown Show - Photos & Audio

There's just somethin' about those hometown shows. We're beyond grateful for all of you who came out to spend your New Year's with us at Port City Music Hall, for Chris Ross and the North and the Ghosts of Johnson City crushin' it, for Ray MacGregor taking some wonderful photos to document the night, and Bob Tousignant for capturing the audio and making it live on archive.org - the show is currently up online in its entirety for any of you hoping to relive the night!

It was a joyous but bittersweet night as it was Brian Higgins' last gig with the band; our beloved drummer and pal has moved onto more air-conditioned pastures down in Florida with his wonderful lady and their sweet pup.

However, we can't express how thrilled we are to have Adam Cogswell taking over the drum helm after the carefully orchestrated passing of the torch at Port City (chariots of fire was playing, it was good). Adam's a badass dude and a renaissance man - an artist, Eagle Scout, a skateboarder, a snowboarder, a taxidermy aficionado, a hard-hitting rocker with a trainbeat to rival the Amtrak Downeaster and we're beyond psyched to have him on board.

2015 was a great year, but we're looking towards the future and we couldn't be more psyched. Thanks again to all of you out there showing support and keeping this train a-rollin'; couldn't do it without you!

Check out some of Ray's photos and come see us again some time... 

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TMBB Cartooned in the Latest O'Chang Comics

Warning! Not safe for work, not safe for children, may or not be safe for grandparents and such. FOUL LANGUAGE!!!!

Wow man. If you're from Maine you might have heard of O'Chang Comics' Temp Tales series. It's funnier than hell, and fouler than the foulest sailor. The creators of the cartoon are pretty good buddies and we were flattered as all get-out when they turned us into cartoons for the last episode "Crittah Gittahz." In the new one they cartooned us and also had us talk a little bit. Truly one of our proudest moments. 

Also, a more accurate representation of Maine than lighthouse postcards and lobster t-shirts, no doubt.

 

New Video: "There Are No Rules In This Game," Plus Lyrics

Big thanks to Keith Piesco for directing and shooting the new video for "There Are No Rules In This Game," from the latest album Lights Along the River. The video was shot around some of our favorite haunts in Portland, Maine, with stops at Susan's Fish and Chips, Bissell Brothers Brewing, Guitar Grave and more. Pretty fun. 

There Are No Rules In This Game Lyrics:

There is no one that you can blame
When you're out standing in the rain
There ain't nobody who will remember your name
And there is no one that you can blame

There is nothing that you can do
It's all been tried, it's all been true
You might see red, you might see blue
There is nothin' that you can do

But there are no rules in this game
You might get some treasure
You might get some rain
There might be a reason for you to carry on some flame
But there are no rules in this game

Everything's good and everything's bad
But what would you do if this thing was the only thing that you had?
Would it make you smile? Would it make you mad?
Everything's good, everything's bad

And everything's precious and everyone's dead
That were livin' in the times of Alexander and Eric the Red
Only thing changin' are the thoughts up in your head
Everything's precious, everyone's dead

There are no rules in this game
You might get some pleasure, you might get some pain
You might find a reason for you to carry on some flame
But there are no rules in this game

Endorsement: 2015 Maine Holiday Gift Guide

Shout out to Alex Steed and the Knack Factory crew for including our latest album in their 2015 Maine Holiday Gift Guide. Bunch of other sweet stuff made by Maine people, from tunes to clothes to food to beard oil to dinosaur candlesticks and anything else you or your loved ones might need. We highly recommend checkin' it out for your shopping needs this year and are flattered to have been included on the list.

Remember folks, when you buy local your money goes to your neighbors; when you buy from corporations, your money goes to James Bond villains. Support people doin' cool stuff in your neighborhood. And thanks again, Alex!

"Tennessee" Studio Track w/ Lyrics

"Tennessee," words and music by The Mallett Brothers Band:

I still miss you when it rains up in Nashville
headed down to Louisiana
route 10 to Austin
snowin' up in Colorado
spits you out in California
pouring up in Washington and
ain't gonna be here long

Back on the East Coast but only for a little while
the fog rolls in and I roll out, drivin' 1500 miles
route 81 she missed me
Bristol by the time I get to sleep

Tennessee upon my mind
Carolina 'neath my shoes
and I'm wastin' all this time
too much smoke and too much booze
Seems like I spent my life in the passing lane
But I still miss you when it rains

Three days in Salt Lake
get a call from Chicago
I'll be there in one days time
on my way to Ohio
after that I just don't know
drive some more and try to chase that winter weather

Murfreesboro all night long
head to Lexington at dawn
few new faces, few new songs
few more years of long, long gone
time to make my way back home
hopin' you're still waitin' where I left you

Oklahoma upon my mind
Montreal beneath my shoes
and I'm wastin' all this time
too much smoke and too much booze
seems like I spent my life in the passing lane
but I still miss you when it rains

Portland, Maine upon my mind
Arkansas beneath my shoes
and I'm wastin' all this time
too much smoke and too much booze
seems like I spent my life in the passing lane
I still miss you when it rains

 

TMBB on Fox 2 Detroit!

Big thanks to Chef Nicholas Rodgers for the shout-out on Fox Detroit. We'll be returning to The Root Restaurant this Friday for the third time to rock the house and enjoy some of the best food Michican has to offer.  Wilbert's in Cleveland tonight, Reggie's in Chicago on Saturday and then we cross the Great Plains. Couldn't be more excited; come on out and hang if we pass through your neck of the woods!

Big thanks to Chef Nicholas Rodgers for the shout-out on Fox Detroit. We'll be returning to The Root Restaurant this Friday for the third time to rock the house and enjoy some of the best food Michican has to offer. 

Wilbert's in Cleveland tonight, Reggie's in Chicago on Saturday and then we cross the Great Plains. Couldn't be more excited; come on out and hang if we pass through your neck of the woods!

"Walk Down the River" Lyrics, Studio Track, Etc.

"Walk Down the River" studio track from the first record put out back in 2010. One of the first songs we worked up as a band; pretty amazing it was 5 years ago this month that this album came out. Woah!

Anyway, the lyrics still aren't online so here you go folks:

"Walk Down the River" by The Mallett Brothers Band - Lyrics

You walked in ‘bout a half past three
Told me that you liked the likes of me
Said maybe we could get on outta this place
Maybe cut down the woods, cut to the chase

Maybe keep on walkin you could hold my hand
We’ll walk together to the Rio Grande
Go down to the bayou, make a new plan
We ain’t got a lotta time ‘fore the ship comes

So baby tell me your philosophy
Walk down the river and swim with me
Tell me what you think this all means
Tell me your secrets, take off your jeans

Well you’re bringin’ me joy and you’re bringin’ me pain
And there ain’t no girls like them girls in Maine
And baby I don’t even know your name, but I can call you baby tonight
I could call you baby, if that’s alright

And we could keep on walkin you could hold my hand
We’ll walk together to the Rio Grande
Go down to the bayou, make a new plan
We ain’t got a lotta time ‘fore the ship comes

So baby tell me your philosophy
Walk down the river and swim with me
Tell me what you think this all means
Tell me your secrets, take off your jeans

But baby I did not know
I didn’t know that you were gonna let me go
And if I had only known before
I wouldn’ta walked in through that door
I wouldn’t have walked in through that door

Ah but we could keep on walkin you could hold my hand
We’ll walk together to the Rio Grande
Go down to the bayou, make a new plan
We ain’t got a lotta time ‘fore the ship comes

So baby tell me your philosophy
Walk down the river and swim with me
Tell me what you think this all means
Tell me your secrets, take off your jeans

"There Are No Rules In This Game" Video, Lyrics, Etc.

We've got a recent video up on YouTube edited by our good buddy and merch-guy extraordinaire Emerson Trimble. Shot with a GoPro out on the road in CT, MA and NY a couple weeks ago, pretty fun stuff. 

"There Are No Rules In This Game" was recorded for our 4th album Lights Along the River up in Willamantic, Maine in the fall of 2014. This particular track was a ton of fun if I recall; we were listening to the work we'd be doing out in the guest-cabin control-room until about 1am one of the nights we were out there. We were just about to call it a night and we decided to try to crank out another tune instead. In the middle of the night on a gorgeous fall eve, stars shining bright, not another cabin light visible for miles on the lake, it was wicked cool. We cut the track mostly live, overdubbing just the vocals, Luke's harmonica (played through a green bullet microphone and a Silvertone amp from the 50's) and one guitar track played by young Matty. For Matt's guitar, we set up our '64 Fender Super Reverb on the front steps of the camp facing the water, set up a mic in front of the amp and another about 50 feet away down by the dock to catch the lake's natural reverb. We turned it up to ten, and you could hear the notes echoing for miles across the lake, down towards Bowerbank, Dover-Foxcroft and Sebec. We wondered if anybody was trying to sleep and waking up confused as all hell. I'm sure it happened. 

Lyrics: 

There is no one that you can blame
When you're out standin' in the rain
There is nobody who will remember your name
And there is no one that you can blame

There is nothin' that you can do
It's all been tried, it's all been true
You might see red, you might see blue
There is nothin' that you can do

But there are no rules in this game
You might get some treasure, you might get some rain
Might be a reason for you to carry on some flame
But there are no rules in this game

Well everything's good and everything's bad
And what would you do if this thing was the only thing that you had
Would it make you smile
Would it make you mad
Everything's good, everything's bad

And everything's precious and everyone's dead
That were livin' in the time of Alexander and Eric the Red
Only thing changing are the thoughts up in your head
Everything's precious and everyone's dead

But there are no rules in this game
Might get some pleasure, might get some pain
Might be a reason for you to carry on some flame
But there are no rules in this game

There are no rules in this game
Might get some treasure, might get some rain
Might be a reason for you to carry on some flame
But there are no rules in this game

Note: During the solo that is a "yut," which is what we say up in Maine as shorthand for "yessa buddy giva tha dinna!"

Another note: shout out to Marcus Aurelius. The "Meditations" provided a couple of the radical phrasings of concepts that wound up in the song, and the dichotomy of sticking some ancient Stoic philosophy into a full-blown loud rock and roll song was part of the motivation for cranking this tune out. Happy how our middle-of-the-night tune turned out and hope you all dig!

W

 


Upcoming Shows, New Merch, New Videos and Whatnot!

Lots of good stuff been goin' on around here lately. Luke's back from a trip out west with the fam, Wally and Will have been busy at Wally's studio helping our buddy Joel Thetford out with his debut EP (which will be out soon, check it out!), Nick moved to an 18th century cabin on a lake up north and we haven't heard from him for the last few days, and Brian's been hard at work growing his beard out.

But! Relevant stuff too, had some really really amazing shows the past few weeks. We also decided it would be fun to grab a GoPro video camera to bring out on the road with us and see what happens... It's been a treat, and we got a couple pretty rad videos out of the NY/MA/CT trip the other weekend, with some help from our buddy Emerson who actually has some video experience. (Disclaimer, nothin' fancy in these videos, not much dough invested, not a ton of experience here, just straight up road life being hacked together for the pure fun of it.)

Here's the latest, check 'em out:

People have been seeming to dig these road videos so far so we'll probably keep 'em comin your way! A lot of fun shows in the next few months so we should have some pretty goofy stuff on the way. 

One more thing - a bunch of new merch on the way, and we decided to get a little experimental this round. Have some new camo hats that look like they came from a yardsale in the 70's, have a cool new spin on an old logo currently getting turned into a patch that we may also throw on some random cool things we find out in the world. Stickers, new coozies, and a bunch of new sweet stuff on the way so keep an eye out for that, and we'l be sure to let you all know on social media and all that when we get some new stuff up on the online store. 

Many thanks for the continued support, folks. Gonna be a great summer, catch us this weekend on Friday at the Bethel Moose Lottery Festival or Sunday at Ken Bell's new place HOME in the Old Port for the Portland Old Port Festival; other dates up on the tour page!