It’s been 3 years since their last record but Brit rock 5 piece, Mallory Knox are back with arguably their best record to date. Having been on a relentless touring schedule following the release of 2014’s ‘Asymmetry’, the band took over a year to produce ‘Wired’ and it shows.
Opening with new single and already fan favourite ‘Giving It Up’, the album promises to show a bigger and better side to Mallory Knox, changing up from their earlier clean rock feel to make way for a heavier and larger sound, designed to fill the arenas and stadiums that these boys are clearly on a fast track to filling. The album reveals a grittier, more down to earth side to Mallory Knox, with ‘Giving It Up’ being centred around bassist Sam Douglas’ depressive state on 2015’s Warped Tour, showing that the boys have taken a colossal step forward in their writing process and matured as a band.
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Wired’s explosive start does not let up, leading into a hail of unmissable songs and concert staples, including feel good anthem ‘California’ and title track ‘Wired’, showing that the five piece can moods and musical styles at the flick of a switch.
This new side to Mallory would not be complete without the occasional nod to their signature style that garnered them a thriving fan base. The combination of vocalist Mikey Chapman’s powerful pipes and drummer Dave Rawling’s colossal drum beats fit together like pieces of a puzzle and work better with this record than ever before. Whilst in previous records the strings have taken somewhat of a backseat, playing melodies to keep up with Chapman, this is far from the case with ‘Wired’, with all members playing vital roles to create a record that feels less like a group of individuals writing songs and more like a well-rehearsed band creating an album.
This raw, ardent feel that the band have brought to this record could not be discussed without mentioning the input of producer Dan Austin. Having worked with bands like You Me at Six and Pulled Apart by Horses, Austin chose to record track by track, rather than one instrument at a time to “capture the excitement of playing live”. This is especially prominent in other powerhouse singles, ‘Better Off Without You’, ‘Lucky Me’ and ‘Saviour’, showing that Mallory’s live presence is still a force to be reckoned with.
It is difficult to find a point where this album drastically drops in quality, with seemingly “lesser” tracks like ‘Falling In Love’ sandwiched comfortably between hard hitting singles, ‘Better Off Without You’ and ‘Lucky Me’, showing that whatever tenacity that listeners got a sneak peak of with Asymmetry has been blown wide open with Wired.
‘Wired’ is out now via Sony Records.