while Mal­lory Knox

CAM­BRIDGE ROCK­ERS HINT AT REIN­VEN­TION IN LON­DON

Kerrang! (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: TOM SHEP­HERD PHO­TOS: IAN COLLINS

■ MAL­LORY KNOX aren’t known for their politics. So when, ahead of new song Saviour, the band’s front­man Mikey Chap­man starts an im­pas­sioned speech that pulls on threads of fas­cism and a tooth­less gov­ern­ment, it gath­ers a quiet at­ten­tion. It’s un­ex­pected. But any con­cerns that the singer might not have the chutz­pah for such a mono­logue are quickly set­tled.the words come with clar­ity and in­tent, Mikey round­ing off with a warn­ing that, “our gen­er­a­tion is go­ing to have to pick up the pieces.” Tonight’s show comes not even a month af­ter the re­lease of Wired, a record that sees the Cam­bridge group try to break away from their squeaky-clean im­age and take more risks. It’s clearly a mantra they’ve taken be­yond the mu­sic.

Open­ing the show tonight are Scot­tish trio Fatherson. their sooth­ing, folk­ish melodic rock flick­ers be­tween light and darker shades, and feels like the room tak­ing a big bub­ble-bath to­gether. Mean­while, Cam­bridge brood­sters Lonely The Brave’s set hinges on the dense, over­cast tones of last year’s Thing Will Mat­ter, which, folded in with David Jakes’ moon­light vo­cals, is enough to cause a lump-in-throat epi­demic in the crowd.

Mal­lory Knox aren’t known for their swag­ger. But that might have to change.the new­found bravado of Wired is felt im­me­di­ately in play­ful opener Giv­ing It Up, as Mikey reaches for falsetto vo­cal peaks as eas­ily as the rest of us might reach for a Kitkat.the flu­o­res­cence of the new record ar­rives again in California and Wired – and its emo­tional raw­ness sur­faces on Fall­ing In Love.

Sadly, that bold­ness doesn’t trans­late back to older tracks, where – al­though ev­ery tech­ni­cal mark is hit – the songs ar­rive safely com­fort­zoned with smoothed edges, and any ex­posed wires are neatly tucked away. It’s a shame – there are real glim­mers tonight that Mal­lory Knox are on the verge of com­mit­ting to a vivid rein­ven­tion. they just need to ruf­fle a few more feath­ers, not least their own.

Lonely The Brave didn’t bother iron­ing for the oc­ca­sion Mikey’s new pro­file pic was go­ing to be SASSY Any­one know what time MK Dons are on?

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