For British music fans there is an awful lot to be proud of. Our industry has long been praised for creating some of the greatest musicians in the world and it shows no sign of slowing down.
Mallory Knox have been making their contribution to that since 2009 and released their third sensational album in March of this year. The Wired tour kicked off soon after which saw the Cambridge five-piece stop off at Portsmouth’s Pyramid Centre with some UK music friends in tow.
Fatherson and Lonely The Brave, two of the most atmospheric and interesting bands in the UK, were tonight’s support acts. The former brought their impressive vocal range yet humble style whilst the latter, as ever, wowed the crowd with a raw, emotional performance.
Both are sterling examples of British music done right and testament to what the scene here can produce.
But if you were looking for a prime example of how talented, versatile and somehow modest a British band (or any band for that matter) can be, you wouldn’t need to look any further than tonight’s headliner.
Mallory Knox played a 15 song set spanning all three of their ground breaking albums but took the chance to focus on Wired.
Any set that spans 8 years of music is likely to cut across styles and genres but Mallory Knox took that one step further. Not only did tonight go from raucous rock anthems to beautiful heart felt slow tracks but the songs themselves were switching from one style to another in a heartbeat.
Better Off Without You kicks off with ripping guitars but breaks down into a much more solemn chorus whilst Falling In Love is set up to be a heart breaking track from start to finish but instead curves into the sort that a crowd can jump up and down to.
Half of this set list was new material and Mallory Knox could not have done Wired any more justice if they had tried. All of the raw energy, entire-genre span and addictive sound was brought and then some to the stage.
With minimal staging and modest tendencies Mallory Knox made this show feel huge with their music alone and that is the true sign of a magnificent band.
Mikey Chapman returned to the stage for the encore with a little wave and a big smile. It’s almost as if the crowd’s applause still surprises him. As if he doesn’t realise that his band just smashed this set out of the pyramid.
As for that crowd, they gave it their all – screaming back the words, incessant moshing and unwavering support for one of their own. As Mikey said on stage: “There would be no British music scene without the British public.”
MALLORY KNOX WILL HEADLINE 2000 TREES FESTIVAL. 6TH – 8TH JULY 2017. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.