Ruff and rowdy Maine six-piece The Mallett Brothers Band slow things down for their new single “A Few More Dozen Roses.” The melancholy number is off the band’s new album Vive L’Acadie! It’s the band’s most rugged record yet, fueled by rootsy America and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll alongside their love of storytelling and imagery inspired by their Maine homeland. Recorded at Acadia Recording in Portland, Maine, the album is a thoughtfully curated 10-track collection where The Mallett Brothers’ rich past meets their even brighter future.
Of “A Few More Dozen Roses,” Will Mallett writes, “This song sat on the back burner in embryonic form for quite a while before I figured out what to do with it. I ended up pushing it across the finish line lyrically by picturing sort of a composite of a few characters, one of whom was our great friend Dylan Earl – a fine songwriter and a true troubadour in the classic mold, so shout out to Dylan – and another was the protagonist from A Farewell to Arms; that closing scene where he’s walking back to the hotel has that tragic despondence that the melody and the chorus seemed to imply. So I ended up just throwing that line in there about the hotel which is literally straight from Hemingway, and I think it makes some sense because a lot of the characters we come across in the rock and roll world wouldn’t be out of place in a Hemingway novel.”
The Mallett Brothers Band is touring throughout the Northeast this summer. You can learn more about the band and find out where they’ll be here.