There have been a number of mixed reviews about this long awaited album – described as ‘a journey of self-discovery’ for Mallory Knox, and not all have been favourable. However – this album is good – very good and a showcase of British talent on the alt-rock scene.
To coincide with the release this Cambridge five-piece rock band are embarking on a headline tour throughout March and April.
Whilst the rise of Mallory Knox has been slow, they have developed a sound and dedicated fan base from their previous two albums even though mainstream support has been lacking.
Wired is an album with attitude and will appeal to a wider audience than their previous releases it is clear that the band is appealing to new fans with strains of the Good Charlotte, Biffy Clyro and even All Time Low coming through.
The opening track Giving it up is an exploding, catchy lead single with a resounding chorus sees a more aggressive vocal lead from Mikey Chapman and Lucky Me, Wired and Saviour successfully maintain this loud, aggressive, high-tempo structure throughout.
California is a pop-punk revival, an optimistic love song combining quieter moments that again has a catchy, upbeat chorus.
For You sees a distinct change of pace but will be a favourite with Mallory Knox followers of old and it is a recount of the impact, effects and struggles of living with a mental health issue. This does seem to be a common theme throughout the album, with Better Off Without You referencing Sam Douglas’ personal struggle with anti-depressant medication; both tracks and both tracks feature the heavy riffs and dominant guitars so familiar with Mallory Knox.
Falling In Love a Biffy Cyro inspired track is a quieter , more melancholy track whilst Midnight is a catchy pop-punk inspired track and Come Back Around a reflection of optimistic alt-rock.
Wired sees Mallory Knox opening up to their fans and exposing their more vulnerable side, highlighting issues the band have faced over the years, resulting in an album of exceptional music and exemplary lyrics.
This may be the album that finally allows Mallory Knox to join their more successful British contemporaries – Lower Than Atlantis and You Me At Six, an opportunity that they so well deserve!
Written by: Lindsy Stott