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Mallory Knox / September and October 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 10th July 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Following on their recent Download Festival appearance, Cambridge stadium rockers Mallory Knox have announced an autumn headline tour of the UK.  Dubbed the ‘Homecoming’ tour, this run of live dates will find the band performing songs from their recent top 15 album ‘Asymmetry’, which was recorded at Moles in Bath and Monnow Valley in Wales with legendary Pixies / Foo Fighters producer Gil Norton.  Below the tour date listing, you can watch the video for album track ‘Heart and Desire.’

Mallory Knox are currently touring in America with the Vans Warped Tour 2015 but are keen to bring their live show back across the pond.  Band frontman Mikey Chapman says, “We have been lucky enough to head overseas a lot this year and play to loads of new people, but we really cannot wait to get back to the UK and play our biggest headline run yet.  There really is no place like home!”  Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Previous TGTF coverage of Mallory Knox, including a live review from earlier this year, can be found right back here.

Monday 28th September 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Tuesday 29th September 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 30th September 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Friday 2nd October 2015 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Middlesbrough Empire
Sunday 4th October 2015 – Cardiff Y Plas
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Exeter Lemon Grove
Wednesday 7th October 2015 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 8th October 2015 – Norwich UEA
Friday 9th October 2015 – London Roundhouse

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Live Review: Mallory Knox and PVRIS at Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ – 24th January 2015

 
By on Friday, 30th January 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

Cambridge alt-rock quintet Mallory Knox have signed on as support for punk rock bands Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens on the second leg of their American co-headline tour, which began on the 23rd of January and runs through the 4th of March.

Doors for the double support, double headline show at the Marquee Theatre were opened at the obscenely early hour of 5 PM, and when I arrived at the venue, the queue for entry was already around the block. As soon as I saw the massive throng of teenagers standing outside, I understood the reason for the early start. I knew I had bitten off more than I could chew, but I bravely soldiered my way in. Luckily for me, Mallory Knox were the first opener, and despite having to play at 6:30 PM, they were right on form to set the tone for the evening.

Judging from the overwhelming number of Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens hats and t-shirts in the crowd, I wasn’t sure how well Mallory Knox would be received. Most of the kids in attendance didn’t seem to know or care who the opening bands were. But their anxious enthusiasm for the headliners quickly transformed into enthusiastic appreciation as Mallory Knox opened with the energetic ‘Beggars’, from their 2013 album ‘Signals’. I wasn’t very familiar with Mallory Knox’s back catalogue, but I did recognize in the set list three of the singles from the band’s recent LP ‘Asymmetry’, namely ‘Shout at the Moon’, ‘When Are We Waking Up?’ and ‘Ghost In The Mirror’.

Mallory Knox at Marquee Theatre 24 Jan 2015

Lead vocalist Mikey Chapman was confident and animated in his performance but endearingly self-effacing as he thanked the crowd for showing up early to hear only the band’s “second ever U.S. show”. If Mallory Knox were at all nervous, it didn’t show in their onstage demeanour. All five band members were lively and self-assured, and they beamed with pride at the overwhelmingly positive audience response. After their set, I overheard several young ladies whispering about sneaking out to the merch table to meet the “cute English boys”, so I suspect Mallory Knox may have already won over at least a few new American fans.

Mallory Knox at Marquee Theatre 24 Jan 2015

The second support act of the evening was Boston, Massachusetts rock band PVRIS, which according to frontwoman Lyndsey Gunnulfsen is pronounced as “Paris”. PVRIS is a darker, more synth-oriented rock band who released their latest single ‘St Patrick’ last summer ahead of their debut full-length album ‘White Noise’, which came out in November 2014. It was ‘St Patrick’ that generated the most excitement among the crowd, after earlier hits ‘Fire’ and ‘White Noise’ sparked mild recognition.

PVRIS at Marquee Theatre 24 Jan 2015

The band apparently had some technical difficulties in the transition between Mallory Knox’s set and their own, and a missed lighting or sound cue made the start of their set awkwardly anti-climactic. Gunnulfsen attempted to draw the crowd back in by prefacing every chorus of every song with the interjection “put your hands up”, and her audience did oblige, but her annoyance with the tech glitches was evident, and overall PVRIS’ set was a bit listless after the fresh ebullience of Mallory Knox.

PVRIS at Marquee Theatre 24 Jan 2015

There was a lengthy delay after PVRIS finished playing, as the tech crew began the elaborate set up process for the first headliner, Pierce the Veil. During the transition, I decided to move from my central spot on the main floor and find a position in front of the soundboard, where the sloped floor would give me a better sight line and where I hoped I could avoid the crush of sweaty strangers invading my personal space.

Pierce the Veil at Marquee Theatre 24 Jan 2015

I will admit here that I don’t know a single song by either Pierce the Veil or Sleeping with Sirens, and I was completely unable to catch a song title or even a snippet of lyrics in either set, except for the oft-dropped F-bombs. By the time Sleeping with Sirens came onstage, I had moved even farther to the back of the venue and found myself standing among a group of stunned, bleary-eyed parents who were waiting for their adolescent offspring to finish moshing/passing out/puking on the general admission floor. But once again, I must commend the Marquee Theatre for its sound quality, even so far removed from the stage. Both the visual effects and the sound were excellent throughout the venue, and the fans who remained upright were clearly able to enjoy the performances from all vantage points.

Sleeping with Sirens at Marquee Theatre 24 Jan 2015

The contrived, trying-so-hard-to-be-punk atmosphere of the show (commercially sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink) was a bit too much for me in the end, but the opening support slot was unquestionably a huge opportunity for an on-the-rise band like Mallory Knox. Having already headlined their own UK tour as well as supporting bands like Don Broco and Biffy Clyro, Mallory Knox have clearly honed their live skills over the course of releasing their two LPs. Their style straddles the line between alternative rock and post-hardcore punk, and with the exposure provided by this support slot, their natural onstage charisma could easily win them legions of new fans among both genres.

Mallory Knox will be on tour in America with Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens through the 4th of March. They are scheduled to appear at Southampton’s Takedown Festival on the 7th of March . A full listing of live shows can be found on Mallory Knox’s official Web site. PVRIS will visit the UK and Ireland in April, taking on a support slot with Lower Than Atlantis; you can find those dates here.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #317: Mallory Knox

 
By on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Soaring choruses and humongous riffs. The kind that have you grappling with your air guitar in the kitchen as your spuds boil over in the saucepan. There’s a lot of good British rock around at the moment, but Mallory Knox are part of a select few who demand you take notice of them. They’re up there with We Are the Ocean, Royal Blood, Marmozets and Deaf Havana: the kind of bands who will live past the hype which brought them into the public’s perception.

Firstly, it helps that the likes of BBC presenters Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens have already got on board with these boys and plastered them across Radio 1’s output. It also helps that they aren’t afraid of touring wherever they can: testament to this is a year and a half ago, when the band were climbing to the heights they’ve managed to stay at, when they played Guernsey’s Chaos Festival. They absolutely tore the roof off the tent, to the 500-ish people they played to.

It’s further evidence that SXSW could be a huge juncture for them, where they can begin flogging their wares to the extremely lucrative U.S. market. Mumford and Sons and One Direction have managed – why can’t balls-out British rock do the same?

Songs like ‘Shout at the Moon’, ‘Ghost in the Mirror’ and ‘Lighthouse’ are all the kind of anthemic tunes which will lodge their place in crowds brains and have them umm-ing and arr-ing on the way home about whether to get straight onto iTunes and download their tracks. It’s hand on heart kind of stuff, which has already given them a fantastic name for themselves in the UK.

This Cambridge five-piece are going to stand out. Of that there is no doubt. Even if in the beginning it’ll be for being one of the only bands at the festival who won’t be arriving at the festival with synthesisers, a half-finished haircut and a whiny voice.

No gimmicks, no nonsense. Mallory Knox will have SXSW punters shouting at the moon in March 2015.

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Interview: Mikey Chapman and Sam Douglas of Mallory Knox at Takedown Festival (Part 2)

 
By on Tuesday, 27th March 2012 at 11:00 am
 

This is part 2 of Luke’s interview with two of the guys from Mallory Knox. Missed part 1? No worries, head this way.

Would you say your new album is more mature than ‘Pilots’?

Sam: It’s hard to say, I don’t want to say we’re heavier, I don’t want to say we’re softer, I don’t want to say we’re catchier, I just think we’ve got better as song writers and we’ve understood what we want to more than when we wrote ‘Pilot’. With ‘Pilot’ we were like, “Right we’re a new band let’s write some songs”, then we started to think we had to make ‘Pilot’ songs again, but then it was like, “fuck this, let’s just do it again and write what we want”.

Who do you think are your new influences? Who’s changed things for you?

Mikey: What we’ve always been really happy about with Mallory is that we all really enjoy different music so different influences are brought into different things. Dave (drums) is into his heavier music and he’ll bring that into his drums, whereas Sam and myself are into lighter music as well as pop-punk and things like that.

Sam: I love Thrice. Their last album ‘Major Minor’ was definitely one. We’ve always loved Alexisonfire, they were a huge influence on ‘Pilot’. Mumford & Sons, Death Cab For Cutie but then I like Dillinger Escape Plan, we’re literally hitting everything.

Mikey: But then you’ll go round James’ (guitar) house and he’ll be dancing in his boxers to Katy Perry.

You’ve received a lot of buzz from the mainstream music press, has it felt like you had to live up to it?

Sam: It’s so weird. When we were 16/17 we would have killed to get in those sort of magazines, but now that we’ve done it we want more. We’re never satisfied. As much as we think ‘Great, people like us and the magazines like what we’re doing’, we’re always striving for a bit more.

Mikey: I think we landed at a very good time. A lot of people were perhaps tired of certain genres to a degree and they wanted to listen to something a little different. I’m not saying we’re ‘out there’ by any means but we’ve always strived to play what we wanted to hear and I hope that reflects in the music and with our fans.

What will it take for you to know that you’ve ‘made it’?

Sam: We know there’s a big ladder to climb and we’ve barely got on it yet. But look at Deaf Havana, two years ago they were doing ok with the EP and now they’re on main stage at Reading, and that gives us hope. We don’t want to compete with other bands because I don’t believe in that bullshit, I’m happy for people when they do well.

Mikey: You’re always sat there when you’re a teenager and you’re looking at these bands like ‘my god, they’re seeing the world and enjoying themselves’.

Sam: I don’t think it’s ever going to get old for us. I’m a big fan of Lower Than Atlantis and Deaf Havana and when I saw them it was cool, man! Playing the same stage with them was good for us, but let’s do this again let’s keep going. But we know there’s a long way to go.

Judging by the crowd reaction today you’ve got a solid fanbase…

Mikey: We love ’em.

Sam: The people at the front, the first 10 to 15 rows had people who knew who we were. Then as you move further back it’s people who’re probably checking us out for the first time. Even if people aren’t jumping, you can spot our lot because they’re proper going for it.

Mikey: We’ve just bumped into a kid who’s come from Germany to see us today. For us, who’ve come from a backwater town in the middle of the countryside…

Sam: We come from Cambridge, feel sorry for us. (laughs)

Mikey: For someone to take the time and put their money into coming here is humbling.

Sam: Especially today, there’s like four other bands they could’ve seen at the same time but they chose us and that’s fucking wicked. We were wondering if anyone was going to be there.

Hopefully this is your first of many festivals, what else have you got planned for the summer?

Sam: Hit The Deck festival, Crash Doubt festival which is going to be good because we’re on before Martyr Defiled.

Mikey: We’ve got a really exciting one that we’re not allowed to say unfortunately, but it’ll come out soon.

[On Monday – the day following Takedown – it was announced that Mallory Knox are playing Download festival.]

Are you going on tour again or is it just festivals?

Sam: Nothing’s confirmed but the plan is to do a tour before the album and a tour after the album. But not in the summer, it’s festival season and all that. The album’s not even been given a release date, I reckon late summertime.

Finally, if the world ends at the end of 2012, what’s the last thing you’re going to do?

Mikey: I’m going to make sure that I attend a party. There’s got to be a few hasn’t there? We’ll go to the before party, if everything’s ok then we’ll go to the after party. I’ll be wearing a crash helmet, though, and maybe some body armour.

Sam: I’ll probably just try and get that little kid on Call of Duty again.

Mikey: Revenge. We will be getting revenge.

Sam: I’ve got his gamertag, he’s fucked.

Mallory Knox will be playing a number of festivals this summer across the UK, as well as hopefully a tour before the release of their debut LP which will undoubtedly go down a storm. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

 

Interview: Mikey Chapman and Sam Douglas of Mallory Knox at Takedown Festival (Part 1)

 
By on Friday, 23rd March 2012 at 3:00 pm
 

Cambridge alt-rockers Mallory Knox recently played their first ever festival show at Southampton’s Takedown Festival to a fantastic reception. I caught up with frontman Mikey Chapman and bassist Sam Douglas to find out how it went, as well as getting the low-down on their debut album and Call Of Duty.

It’s your first-ever festival show, how was it for you?

Mikey: It was just phenomenal. We’ve always been the guys in the crowd appreciating all the different bands, running around like a headless chicken making sure you see all your favourite bands. To be up on the stage instead is amazing, it gives us a sort of gratification for what we’re doing.

Was it daunting playing the main stage with some of the biggest bands in the scene?

Sam: When we saw what the lineup was for that particular stage we were a bit like ‘Fuck! We’re playing with some really fucking good bands today.’ We were a bit nervous, it’s our first festival and bit different to a normal show, so we didn’t really know what to expect. We’ve only been going a little while and wondered ‘will people know who we really are?’, then we played that and it’s one of my favourite shows we’ve ever done.

Mikey: We’re always really keen for new people to hear us, something like this is the perfect opportunity. Someone will come out to see Don Broco or Deaf Havana and hopefully they’ll catch us.

Who are you going to try and catch today?

Sam: There’s so many. I’m really looking forward to seeing Skindred, I’ve got to be honest. We’ve got a lot of friends that we want to watch as well, I want to see Polar. because they’ve got the new album coming out, Feed the Rhino blow me away every time, but I’m a big fan of Deaf Havana as well and Don Broco. There’s so many bands, this festival is so good. Every single band is doing well in their own right and the lineup on every stage is good.

Mikey: Even if we weren’t playing I think we’d have come down to this one because there’s a lot of friends playing it and a load of really good bands as well.

You’re named after Juliette Lewis’ character in ‘Natural Born Killers’ who shot Robert Downey Jr.’s character repeatedly…

Mikey: She did enjoy that, didn’t she? She’s a little bit twisted… we’re not that twisted. We definitely don’t shoot people. On record. (laughs)

Sam: We couldn’t think of a name and we didn’t want to give it a name where you could be like ‘oh that band’s quite clearly pop-punk, or that band’s quite clearly heavy metal’, and then Joe (guitarist) came up with the idea of calling it a person’s name, and it was Mallory Knox or Dorian Gray. But then they brought that film out, ‘Dorian Gray’, so Mallory Knox it is. I’d never seen the film, if I’d known I’d have been like ‘We’re named after a murderer, man…fuck’.

Mikey: It’s quite interesting though because with Micky and Mallory Knox they have a strong relationship, they’re very much ‘in’ love, you know? But they’re so dark at the same time so it’s quite an amazing comparison, so I think we did well there.

Have you ever wanted to shoot somebody repeatedly?

Mikey: On the record, no.

Sam: On Call of Duty there was this little kid about 10 years old who kept shooting me then calling me names and stuff… no that sounds bad, like I want to shoot a ten year old (laughs). It was only on Call pf Duty I promise. He stopped me going Prestige! Down the headset he was like (high pitched) “rah rah rah rah”, I was like, “Oh my god, I’m getting mugged off by a 10 year old”. I never did get him back.

You’ve got your debut album coming out soon, can you tell us a bit about it?

Mikey: It’s been a long time coming. We finished ‘Pilot’ before we came out, so for us it’s been a year and a half in the running now.

Sam: We finished writing ‘Pilot’ in January 2010, then that came out on Wolf At Your Door last summer, so it was like a year and half ’til that came out properly. So we’ve been writing for about two and a half years, we went through some crap and it was hard to get back into it. We’d left it a year to try and write stuff, and we were writing stuff that wasn’t really what we wanted to do. But then it just clicked. We wrote one song and it’s just come from there. It’s sound is still like ‘Pilot’ but I think we’ve progressed and become better song writers. If people liked ‘Pilot’ they’re gonna like this as well.

Mikey: We’ve had a lot of new influences and new inspirations, not just musically, but in terms of the way we’re thinking. We just got older. It’s only like a year and a half but people grow up pretty quickly.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the interview to be posted next week!

 

Takedown Festival 2012 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 22nd March 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

As the spring sunshine battles with the traditional drizzle in the early afternoon, Southampton University is awash with music fans young and old for the all-day party that is Takedown. With an obvious leaning toward the heavier end of the spectrum, 30 bands from across the UK take over four stages set up between two of the university buildings, both of which come equipped with a bar that never empties throughout the next 10 hours.

Opening the Big Deal stage are local pop-punkers Forever Can Wait. Fronted by the delightful Tash Crump, the band’s infectious set of upbeat party poppers are kept aloft by Crump’s energetic stage antics. Tracks ‘Walking on Wasted Time’ and ‘Rest’ get the modest crowd bobbing slightly, but as it’s still an early start for a Sunday, Forever Can Wait couldn’t have asked for more.

Over the on Monster stage are today’s best kept secret – Mallory Knox. This is their first-ever festival performance, which for such a young band isn’t surprising, but managing to half-fill the main stage at 3 PM is no mean feat. The Cambridge boys storm the stage and give it their all with the front few rows singing along to every word. Their EP ‘Pilot’ is seems to have been downloaded by half the people here and the upcoming release of their debut won’t go unnoticed. The big sounding drums and punktastic guitars whip up a frenzy whilst lead vocalist Mikey Chapman dives head first into powerful ‘Resuscitate’ before closing on the hook-laden ‘Oceans’. For a band who have never played a show of this scale before, they seem all too comfortable at the task and are destined to do it again and again.

A short trip outside and into the other building sees Polar. destroy the Guitar Central stage with their stripped down, ball-busting hardcore punk. The crowd are going ballistic as the pit swells and stretches the length of the room, full of headbanging, throwdowns and good ol’ moshing. The only word to describe the atmosphere is carnage, and that’s exactly what Polar. want. Rushing their way through ‘Armed to the Teeth’ and ‘Smile You Son of a Bitch!’, the whirlwind left behind will be ringing in Southampton’s ears for days to come.

(Feed The Rhino were next on stage but they were so bloody good they’re my ‘F’ letter in the Alphabet Tour. Keep your eyes peeled for the full review.)

Unfortunately the crowd for Aliases doesn’t match up to the previous two bands. The room that was previously full of sweaty bodies has decided to take a breather for this one, which hinders the performance slightly. The technicalities of the Mancunian quintet are showcased fantastically, but despite their best efforts the crowd just isn’t as intense as previously: possibly too high up the bill?

Over on the Southampton Music stage Max Raptor are giving it their all to the 100-or-so people in attendance who haven’t popped in for a pint and a sit down, and their final track ‘The King is Dead’ riles up the crowd perfectly for the final stretch of the day.

Back at the heavier Guitar Central stage, the Hertfordshire hardcore mob Heights have brought the entire throwdown contingent to party with them. Making a blistering racket that at times make the security look physically in pain, Heights give Takedown all they can muster. Covered in sweat and spit, the five noiseniks scream their lungs to dust whilst trying their hardest to get into the crowd (something the security are only too keen to stop from happening). Battling their way through fan favourites ‘Forget’ and ‘Oceans’ as well as the anthemic ‘The Lost and Alone’, Takedown are left numb, shaken and ecstatic.

But who could round off such an amazing day of partying? The ultimate festival band – Skindred, pictured at top. (Not sure logistically how they managed this appearance, as I saw them listed on the SXSW schedule at a Welsh music showcase last week – Ed.) Named as Britain’s best live band repeatedly by some of the UK’s biggest rock music mags (and nominated for Best Live Band at this year’s Golden Gods), the pioneers of ragga-metal bring the noise and the hits. Walking on stage to a remix of the ‘Star Wars Imperial March’, Benji Webbe instantly owns the room. Standing in front of his cohorts in a white suit complete with union flag accessories, Skindred launch into a raucous rendition of ‘Ratrace’ that gets the jam-packed room bouncing to the rafters. It’s nothing but a greatest hits set from the Welsh wailers complete with various sound clips and mashups, merging Metallica‘s ‘Sad but True’ with their own ‘Trouble’ gives the metalheads the kickstart they need to get the pit moving. But nothing compares to the smash hit ‘Nobody’ that forces the entirety of Takedown onto their feet and screaming the lyrics until their throats bleed.

As Takedown is brought to a close and Southampton’s alternative population wander back to various buses and taxis, the scene is one of joy and exhaustion as one of the first festivals of the year comes to a close. An amalgamation of hardcore, punk, metal and rock has brought some of the hottest bands in the UK to one of the most unlikely venues, which will hopefully be back next year bigger and badder than before.

 
 
 

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