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Album Review: Mallory Knox – Wired

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

Album Review: Mallory Knox – Asymmetry

MK-ASYMMETRY-LAYERSNearly 2 years after the release of their debut album Signals, Mallory Knox, the five-piece ‘alternative rock’ band from Cambridge (Joe Savins lead guitar, drummer Dave Rawling, bassist Sam Douglas, James Gilllett rhythm guitar and vocalist Mikey Chapman) are about to release their second, and much awaited album Asymmetry.

After this fairly lengthy time-lapse, many bands would be likely to return with a different sound, but Asymmetry successfully picks up where the band left off, with renewed enthusiasm, but retaining the unique characteristics that make them stand out from the crowd.

The band have obviously been working hard during the album hiatus, resulting in an album that is likely to transport the group to the top of the British music scene with it’s fresh but explosive offering, that contains some huge anthems delivered with absurd confidence. Shout at The Moon is fast paced with a haunting guitar solo, Ghost In The Mirror demonstrates uncompromising guitar riffs and powerful melodies whilst Dare You delivers a more seductive note, that would not sound out of place on a Deaf Havana album.

The effortless vocals of Mikey Chapman are impressively showcased in the tracks Heart and Desire and Lonely Hours, whilst When Are We Waking displays a softer acoustic side not so often seen from Mallory Knox. She Took Him To The Lake – a darker seven minutes long seduction of smooth melodies interspersed with a crowd pleasing chorus.

Mallory Knox have stuck to what they know best but have succeeded in taking this formula to a new level of perfection. The result is an amazing album that will undoubtedly be one of the most impressive British releases this year, delivering the all to familiar Mallory Knox sound but in so many different layers, that add substance and exhibit the bands songwriting capabilities to the full.

After gracing the stages of Slamdunk, Reading and Leeds festivals this year, Mallory Knox have generated a considerable amount of excitement and fervour for this new release , and fans will certainly not be disappointed. This album may even see them elevated up to the heights of being the next alternative rock kings – this album without question is a pinnacle of the best of British rock music.

Written by: Lindsy Stott

Slam Dunk: Signing Tents

Slam-Dunk-Festival-2014Kerrang! are holding signings at this weekends Slam Dunk Festival.

Check out all the signing times for each site below.

Slam Dunk North

State Champs – 13.15
Motion City Soundtrack – 14.15
Neck Deep – 15.30
Kids In Glass Houses – 16.15
We Are The In Crowd – 17.30

Slam Dunk South

State Champs – 13.15
Motion City Soundtrack – 14.15
Neck Deep – 15.30
Kids In Glass Houses – 16.15
We Are The In Crowd – 17.30
Mallory Knox – 18.00

Slam Dunk Midlands

State Champs – 13.15
Motion City Soundtrack – 14.15
Neck Deep – 15.30
Kids In Glass Houses – 16.15
We Are The In Crowd – 17.30

 

You can check out all the stage times here.

Slam Dunk 2014

SDF_2014_THIRD_ANNOUNCE_WEBSITEThe UK’s biggest independent touring festival returns to Leeds on May 24th, Hatfield on May 25th and Wolverhampton on May 26th.

More bands have been added to the already impressive Slam Dunk Festival 2014 line-up, including Mallory Knox, Kids In Glass Houses, We The Kings, Chiodos, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Capdown, Jesse James, Gnarwolves, MC Lars, Heart Of A Coward, Save Your Breath, Modern Baseball and GHOST TOWN.

These will joint the ranks among the likes of headliners All American Rejects, We Are The In Crowd, Decade, Canterbury, Less Than Jake, Motion City Soundtrack, Hit The Lights, State Champs, A Loss For Words, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Marmozets and Blitz Kids.

Festival dates and venues

* Saturday, May 24

Slam Dunk Festival North: Leeds University.

* Sunday, May 25

Slam Dunk Festival South: The Forum Hertfordshire, Hatfield.

* Monday, May 26

Slam Dunk Festival Midlands: Wolverhampton Civic.

Kids In glass Houses who recently announced they would be calling it a day at the end of the year have been added to the line up and will exclusively be playing their début album Smart Casual in full, in what is set to be one of their last ever festival appearances.

We the kings will also be returning to the festival along with MC Lars who both promise to deliver fantastic sets.

The bill features a lot of ska-punk including  Goldfinger, Zebrahead and Less then Jake who will have just completed their most successful UK tour to date

In addition to a number of big name bands including All American rejects who will be making the trip exclusively for the festival , Blitz Kids will be back for the second year in a row, bringing songs from their recently released and much-acclaimed new album The Good Youth to the festival, having completed tours with All Time low, Lower Than Atlantis and Canterbury. .

Marmozets will be playing to support their highly anticipated début album.

Tickets are priced at £35, and £39 with after-show party across all sites.

For a full list of ticket outlets for all shows, visit the Slam Dunk website at www.slamdunkmusic.com

 

Written By: Samantha Stott