The Mallett Brothers Band from the album Live in Portland, Maine available as a self-release
Over the past decade, The Mallett Brothers Band have sat in the saddle of a tour van, taming the Maine wilderness one town at a time, expanding their fanbase in ever-widening circles as the bring their native state’s ‘frontier mentality’ to the business of Rock’n’Roll. Live shows build the base and it is the songs the faithful take home that brings them back with friends the next time The Mallett Brothers Band rolls through town. Live in Portland, Maine, the latest release from The Mallett Brothers, collects fan favorite tracks and lays them out as a full live set for a home state crowd.
Six independent releases from The Mallett Brothers make up the set list for Live in Portland, Maine. Brothers Luke (vocals, guitars) and Will (vocals, guitars) Mallett lead the Band through eleven tunes from their catalog, exiting the album on a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”. Acoustic guitar strums open the performance with “Too Much Trouble”, the players slowly coming on stage to fill out the sound. Once in place, The Mallett Brothers Band lock in and rock a blend of Folk, Country, Americana, and Rock’n’Roll. The Mallett Brothers make plans for travel as they take a “Walk Down the River”, namechecking the cities and state signs outside the tour bus window in “Tennessee” and watching mental pictures screen memories of love with “Long Black Braid” as the band propels themselves back on the highway in the feral jam of “Rocking Chair” and hammer out a mighty beat returning to The Pine Tree State in “Heading Home”. The Mallett Brothers are a touring band, and a live setting is their natural habitat. Live in Portland, Maine gives listeners a chance to hear The Mallett Brothers Band in their comfort zone as the boys raise a toast in “Tip Up” and offer up some no-nonsense Yankee cowboy pride with “Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down”.
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The words of Luke Mallett (The Mallett Brothers Band)
The business of being The Mallett Brothers Band:
We have been fully independent for 10 years from the beginning that's exactly how we built the band. we really related to it as more of a Kamikaze Mission rather than touring. We block out three weeks for a chore when we just go out we fill it out. We go no more than eight hours from the home on our circuit and we're very lucky to see the results of our success in action.
Our band is a family business. I go down to Portland, Maine about two, three, four, days a week. I run into connections and do business. We really have a frontier mentality when it comes to breaking our band and bring it to a wider market. In the new music business, if music is going to be free, you have to stay on tour. It is a constant experiment to see what works and what doesn't work. We drive close to 40,000 miles a year doing shows, and that is a lot of Road songs.
First steps into a music career:
We were very lucky Growing up, music was never anything that was discouraged for my brother and myself. We got to witness my dad (David Mallett) in his career as a songwriter, a traveling songwriter, and how he provided for of us as a working songwriter.
After I got out of high school and wanted to see how I could get into a little rebellion. I left school and I was going to move to Portland and get a job. My dad basically said do whatever you have to do to keep up with your music. If you have to couch surf, it's okay. You have to do your music and nothing should be able to stop you. I don't know of any other people that have a dad who would say that to them, or any parents.
Making music in Maine:
In Maine we are really appreciated for the music we play. We live in Arcadia. We play Fort Kent Maine which still has a large population that speaks French. We play Irish folk tunes, bring Cajun music into it. People apply to their music to their location, and that's the music we play and people deal in the audience appreciate it. We really run into a lot of other bands doing the same thing up here…. Ghost of Paul Revere, my dad, and the list goes on and on. Many bands think you have to leave in order to succeed and we don't believe that. We believe we can succeed by staying right here in Maine and looking a