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The Oldest Profession / Press

“Tennessee-born, blues-rock band The Oldest Profession was conceived within the cold confines of a Southern mansion. For $800 a month, guitarist Tyler Mehlhaff and bassist Scott Housman rented a six-bedroom, historic mansion in Memphis, Tenn. While the house was a steal, there was no heat. The winter of 2011 was the coldest Mehlhaff and Housman, both California natives, had ever experienced. "We would still practice, and we could see our breath while we practiced, so we developed a very high-intensity, fast-paced, physical practice that carried over into our live show," Mehlhaff says. "It helped us develop our stage persona." "I had never been to a place with those demographics, where poverty and race were in your face," he says. The group's most recent project is "1208 North Parkway," due out in December. The full-length album features the band's signature, fast, high-energy, danceable rock.”

“When I mention The Oldest Profession I’m not talking about prostitution, nor am I talking about French cinema. I’m talking about a trio of Memphians who sell a nice balance of pop instrumentation with indie ideas and a rock vibe with a blues heart. Interestingly enough “to prostitute” in a literal Latin translation means “to expose” or “to place up front”. The Oldest Profession “place up front” a comfortable bed of musical influences to lay in with delightful departures from traditional song structures to indulge in. Aside from “Road Song” they are never without a quick intro that tugs at your shirt and promises you the vocals and instruments share the song evenly. Every short burst of song are progressive movements and witty musical transitions that carry you through seamlessly.”

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