Its been an uphill battle for Mallory Knox the past two years,
having lost lead singer Mikey Chapman and promoting bass player Sam
Douglas to fill his shoes, followed by minimal touring or musical
output. It was unclear if they were going to make it through to other
side. But against all
odds, they returned to The Junction to celebrate the release of their
long awaited new album.
Unfortunately, practically disappearing for two years hasnt
done the band any favours. Having previously sold out The Junction
and getting very close to doing the same at the Corn Exchange in recent
years, a slightly less than full room was a sad sight to see. Nevertheless,
Mallory Knox came out and gave their loyal fans a show deserving of
their patience and support through a long and hard two years.
Local supports Endeavour open the show bringing catchy hooks and big
choruses to warm up the crowd, followed by Dead Reynolds who up the
ante with hard hitting riffs and sing alongs.
Playing for just over an hour, the Cambridge-rockers gave fans a set
that would celebrate not just the new album but also favourites from
previous albums. Older songs have been tuned down lower to suit Sams
voice; hes not the vocalist Mikey was but the songs still pack
a punch despite not being wholly faithful to their studio recordings.
In previous shows Sam was always the most entertaining member of the
band to watch as he bounced around then stage but now the restraint
of having to stay close to his mic has certainly put a dampener on
the energy of their show.
Despite this, the audience more than made up for this by singing back
every word and showing the band just how loved they are in their home
town. New songs go down a treat with the crowd despite the unexpected
change in sound brought about by the new album, and although they
dont pack the biggest punch of the night, they were certainly
made with being played live in mind rather than simply existing on
Throughout the show, they dont shy away from telling the crowd
just how hard theyve had it the past few years and that it was
struggle to even get the album out at all. What was pleasing to hear
was that despite the best efforts of their management to have the
release show in London, they stuck to their guns and brought the party
to their hometown to celebrate with the people who first gave them
a stage to play on.
There was once a time when each gig you would see Mallory
Knox at would feel bigger and more momentous than the last, a celebration
of the bands ever growing success. This show however, despite
being an album release party, felt more of a survival story. Theyve
been battered and bruised and theyre not as strong as they once
were, but theyre not giving up yet. Mallory Knox
are back and theyre not going to give up easily.