LIVE REVIEW: MALLORY KNOX
Glasgow Garage - 10th November 2014
It must be pretty great to be Mallory Knox right now. New album Asymmetry made it into the UK Top 20 last week, higher than debut album Signals managed, and they’ve pulled off the rare achievement of being a hard-sounding rock band capable of breaking into Radio 1’s daily playlist.
Judging by the crowd at the Glasgow Garage on Monday night, the penetration of the Cambridge five-piece runs deep. Alt kids, not-so-alt grown-ups and the odd parent made up the packed-to-capacity venue. They had been dazzled by Fort Hope and Moose Blood; even My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero played second fiddle with his new project to the splendour of a band going from strength to strength.
Opening with lead single Shout At The Moon and Hello, the first single to crack the mainstream, Mallory Knox meant business. Frontman Mikey Chapman speaks for the band’s well-earned swagger; he directed the crowd with his arms, as a conductor might an orchestra, grinning as they finished his lines and waved back.
“Look at this shit!” he yells as he recalls the band’s debut EP, Pilot, to ecstatic reaction. He might be cocky, but Chapman and his bandmates are anything but ungrateful for the support that has turned out in force.
As they play the milder Getaway and When Are We Waking Up, the band demonstrates their softer side - something that has doubtless won over the legions of fans before them tonight. Their music, doubtless influenced by emo bands like Iero’s, appeals to the heart without yanking at the strings and demanding attention and sympathy.
Sam Douglas’ bass sounds delightfully chunky. Dave Rawling looks fit to burst as he kicks out cymbal after splashy cymbal. The sound is clean and balanced - everyone has their chance to shine.
All the while, Chapman inhabits centre stage in a loose-fitting vest, stepping up on monitors and reaching out to the devoted. He conducts them into a mosh-pit, gets them cosy for slow romancer 1949 and then divides them for a wall of death at the beginning of Death Rattle. “We asked a lot from you tonight,” he says, “But I know you’ve got more!”
The encore plays to the crowd. New song Lonely Hours introduces She Took Him To The Lake, teasing the crowd with never-before-played songs. Lighthouse, the band’s most played song on Spotify, brings the show to a close.