Album Review: Mallory Knox – “Signals”
Mallory Knox laid good groundwork for themselves in 2012. Their recent single “Death Rattle” was a favourite on my playlist in the latter half of last year and was really eager to get hold of this debut effort. My first live exposure of the band was at Hevy Fest 2012, at stupid o-clock in the morning on the third day of the festival. But they managed to get bodies moving and happy to report, just as fantastic live as on record.
Produced by Dan Lancaster at Studio GlassEye (Lower Than Atlantis / Don Broco), this release is HUGE on choruses. On the surface, Mallory Knox may fall into the category of interchangeable bands mixing the big harmonies in between whiny verses and side flicked haircuts – but believe the hype, they’re a tight, solid bunch of very talented musicians. Mikey Chapman’s vocals are beautiful. His voice is drenched in effortless, soulful tones throughout. Top stuff.
Big hits are “Death Rattle”, “Wake Up”, “Hello” and album title track “Signals”. The softer offerings on the album such as “1949”, closer “Creeper” and in particular, “Bury Your Head” show a beautifully stripped down version of the band.
In short, “Signals” is a triumph. ‘New British’ bands attempt to promise so much, Mallory Knox may be the ones to own 2013. Catch them on tour in the UK with Don Broco in February and Slam Dunk in May.
For fans of: Incubus, Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana, Foo Fighters