Release Date: Mar 10, 2017
Record label: Search & Destroy
ROCKS LIKE: Paramore / Twin Atlantic / Jimmy Eat World WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Having established themselves with two solid full-lengths, this time out Mallory Knox get in your face—and stay there. With an edgier, more urgent feel predominating the album, the swaggering "Better Off Without You" fits perfectly alongside the uplifting strains of "California" and the more reflective "Saviour." Though highly polished, nothing comes across as cynical or contrived, and Mikey Chapman's delivery has never been more heartfelt. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Imbuing every track with distinct character and raising their game across the board, Mallory Knox have truly emerged as a great rock band.
Is this a new era for Mallory Knox? Nice guys, as Billie Joe Armstrong once pointed out, finish last. Sure, Mallory Knox are hardly at the back of the pack right now, but there does seem to have been an acknowledgment in their camp, in recent times, that maybe they're a bit too sweet and middle-of-the road for their own good. "I want to prove that Mallory Knox are more than just nice guys," bassist / vocalist Sam Douglas exclaimed to Rock Sound recently, hinting that 'Wired', the band's third album, would be a departure both sonically and in terms of attitude.
On 2014 album 'Asymmetry' Mallory Knox specialised in carving sparkling melodies out of robust aesthetics. The Cambridge quintet eschewed the regular forms and structures of conventional rock, in order to create an album that rivalled their heavyweight peers. It was arguably the album that launched them from back-runners to contenders in their genre.