'Mallory Knox' - Mallory Knox / Turned Up Louder
After a split from their record label and the loss of lead vocalist Mikey Chapman, any music from Cambridge rockers Mallory Knox would be a bold statement - a way of saying 'We won't be beaten'. However, for them to make a return as triumphant and confident as the brand new and bravely named Self Titled album is more than just bold statement. It's a way for the freshly reformed four piece to shatter every perception you've ever had about them. With Bassist Sam Douglas taking over on vocals, It's clear right from the first listen that this is the truest representation of Mallory Knox as they currently are - and whether you like it or not, it's impossible not to respect a sound that is that sure of itself.
Bold opener 'Psycho Killer' is a perfect introduction to the new carefree confidence of the band, and instantly shakes off any worries about Douglas' vocal abilities as he steps up to the position perfectly. His vocal capabilities continue to capture the listeners attention onto the next track "White Lies" - the first single released from the album and under the new line-up, he describes it as "The song I've always wanted to write", and it's pretty clear from the start that they have the utmost confidence in this record, and in their reborn selves.
'The World I Know' is a riff-packed showcase of the true extent of the bands change - it's different to the Knox of old, but for better or worse? That's up to the listener, but you can't deny the catchy chorus. A significant stand-out is another of the pre-released singles, 'Livewire'. Right from the opening guitar riff the whole song radiates (excuse the pun) pure lively electricity, which carries over into next song 'Wherever', which is equally as packed with riffs and gritty vocals that run through the very heart of the new Mallory Knox sound.
The album continues in a dark, gritty direction, each song deep and powerful - even poppier numbers like 'Black Holes' and '4' - a "na na na" filled anthem - boast deep bass and the same edgy vocals that set this bold 12-track feat apart from anything they've attempted before. What is most loveable about this album is its inability to conform: they aren't writing for anybody but themselves, and after everything these guys have been through - I think they earned that.
MALLORY KNOX IS OUT NOW VIA A WOLF AT YOUR DOOR RECORDS
Check out the video for standout track, Livewire here:
Or catch Mallory Knox on their UK tour this September and October!
UK HEADLINE TOUR:
15/09 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
16/09 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
17/09 The Fleece, Bristol
19/09 The Horn, St Albans
20/09 Met Lounge, Peterborough
21/09 BlackMarket VIP, Hastings
23/09 Phase 1, Liverpool
24/09 Gorilla, Manchester
25/09 Foundary, Sheffield
27/09 Underworld Camden, London
29/09 The Boileroom, Guildford
30/09 Mama Roux's, Birmingham
01/10 Waterfront Studio, Norwich
02/10 Polar Bear, Hull
04/10 MK11, Milton Keynes
06/10 Key Club, Leeds
07/10 Think Tank?, Newcastle
09/10 Cavern, Exeter
10/10 Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
11/10 The Shed, Leicester
12/10 Booking Hall, Dover
13/10 Esquires, Bedford