November 12, 2013

Portland's Mallett Brothers Band on the road to stardom

The fall tour, which concludes this week, is the band’s most ambitious yet, with 21 dates since Oct. 6.

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

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The Mallett Brothers Band performs Sept. 28 at the Harvest Dance, a benefit for Freeport's Wolf Neck Farm.

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Nate Soule, a guitarist with the Mallet Brothers Band, gets his guitar ready for a gig Friday at The Kraken Bar in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Photos by Jeremy M. Lange/for the Press Herald

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Generally, the band writes collectively. An individual will bring an idea – a lyric, a chord progression or a simple riff – that gets hashed out. The road encourages jam time, and the band takes full advantage, Will Mallett said.

“We have found that the road is very fruitful for writing songs,” he said. “We have a day off every once in a while, and we try to plan around that. When the guitars come out, we have pretty good luck writing. When we are home, there is stuff to do, interruptions and commitments. But when we are out there and have time without an agenda, it’s a really good time for the creative process.”

The road takes its toll. The Malletts all have lives outside of music. Just before the band left Maine for this tour, Luke Mallett got engaged. He’s eager to get back to his fiancee’s family horse farm in Gorham, where he helps out when he’s not on the road.

Soule marked his anniversary during this tour. Wenzel has a son he can’t wait to get home to see.

It sometimes appears like a glamorous life from the outside looking in, but being a road band requires a lot of work and sacrifice.

That’s something Dave Mallett, 62, learned many years ago. These days, he admits to living vicariously through his sons’ band. He was on the road when he was their age, but times were different. He never figured out how to support a band, which was always a goal. He took his kids with him on a lot of trips, but left them home a lot, too.

“I spent 10 years on the road, with just a bag and guitar. That was interesting, you know? They’ve made this commitment to go out as a six-piece and it’s obviously working,” Dave Mallett said. “They’re young and strong, and they’re doing what I always wanted to do. I’m very proud of them.”

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It’s almost showtime in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the Mallett Brothers Band’s Nick Leen, left, and Will Mallett read Southern Living magazine before going on stage near the end of a grueling six-week tour.

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From left, Nate Soule, Nick Leen, Will and Luke Mallett and Wally Wenzel play at The Kraken.


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