They are an American band. From their Maine homebase The Mallett Brothers curate the music of the U.S. weaving Tennessee Americana, Cajun accordions, dry western rhythms, campfire Folk, and bar band Blues into their brand of Rock’n’Roll Country on their recent release, Vive L’acadie!. The album title nods to Cajun music, and the origins of the styles in the French-Canadian heritage that influenced the music of The Mallet Brothers. A shouted chorus of ‘vive l’acadie’ gives the track a tagline as the band play the music that fills the Northeast provinces of North America. The Mallet Brothers tell the history of the tale, going back to a tour stop in Fort Kent, Maine when ‘we were driving down the road on Main Street. We turned on the radio and it was playing all these French versions of pop-country songs. It felt like we were in a different world. Later that night, an old man in a bar was yelling "Vive L’Acadie". Turns out, that’s the Acadian battle cry! The Acadians wound up being Cajun, but they're a French, Canadian and Irish mix of people that ended up in the woods up north. Their influence is all over Maine. Our grandfather came from Salmon River, Nova Scotia. If you go back up there, there’s a whole cemetery full of Malletts.’
The title track pays to the music while Vive L’acadie continues the celebration of lifestyles as the stories travel on an accelerated rhythm that catches “Timberline (High Times)” in its undertow, pounds a memory into “Long Black Braid”, chews on a tough groove with “Headed Home”, and harnesses a rabid beat to take a moment to high-five homecooked loving with “Good as It Gets”. The Mallett Brothers formed in 2009, brothers Luke and Will Mallett staying in the center as band members changed, the playing finetuning into the forceful assurance that propels “Onawa” across Vive L’acadie! while small-town parking lot nights get a powerful backbeat on “Gettin’ Back” and truckstop-diary notes get collected with “Few More Dozen Roses”. Mellow Country Folk bears the weight of a town full of “Too Much Trouble” as The Mallett Brothers offer advice on a bad bet with “Losin’ Horses”.
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