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Mallory Knox live in Cambridge

Mallory Knox
19th January
The Junction, Cambridge

The Junction, Cambridge, was packed from wall to wall as Mallory Knox performed in their hometown. this was to be a triumphant return as the majority of the people in this room have been with the band since day one but now, their recent releases have pushed them to the top after being placed on the Radio 1 playlist and the venue is looking forward to something special.

The band’s performance was top notch as they played their first E.P for the last time in its entirety. Although their new album, Signals, was not due for another two days, the band treated the crowd to a plethora of songs off of the album such as ‘1945’, ‘Creeper’ and also opened the show with ‘Bury Your Head’, but without the lyrics.

‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Wake Up’, which are two singles that have previously been released from the new album, were also played at the show. The band stood in amazement at the response from the energetic crowd.

Some people wonder what the ‘hype’ around Mallory Knox is all about, but the delivery they give of pure passion and enjoyment infects the whole room. Guitarist Joe Savins has very impressive live vocals, as he screams and shouts down his microphone in a deep, heavy voice – watch out Oli Sykes. Drummer Dave Rawling is absolutely mental; he pounds the shit out of his drum kit as he looks like he’s having the time of his life.

The junction is buzzing. Every audience member were fully involved, from ages of about 10 years old to 50-odd years old. An earthquake was most certainly intimate.

As the band close the show with their first ever single ‘Oceans’, vocalist Mikey Chapman works his way in to the crowd as they go ballistic. Singing to the lyrics right back at him, Mikey appears to be reduced to tears. Soaking up the atmosphere, Mikey is help in the air by the crowd and pushed back towards the stage, he lays back and enjoys the ride. As the band leave the stage, Mikey says, “You’ve made our dreams come true, thank you!”

Since the band’s debut album ‘Signals’ was released on January 20th 2013, it shot straight up to number one in the Rock Album charts. ‘Signals’ is available from iTunes now. Check out our review of the album here.

Sean Hendrie