ALBUM REVIEW: Mallory Knox – Signals

They may have been endorsed by Rockstar but have Mallory Knox got rockstar potential?

2013 seems to suggest that yes they do. The Cambridge five piece have supported Don Broco on their sell out tour, nabbed a slot at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival and have also seen debut album Signals make it into the UK Top 40 just days after release.

Beggars is reminiscent of Blink 182’s classic “What’s My Age Again” featuring a similar introductory riff however this track is a much less high-spirited song with some of front man Mikey Chapman’s more coarse vocals. “Bury Your Head” is a delicate number, the simple drone of piano throughout the verses makes it seem very plain. Chapman seems to play it safe vocally and while this track is pleasant to listen to it is just that bit too simple to hit it’s potential as an astoundingly beautiful single. “Creeper” however seems to hit a middle ground as it features both delicate and hard hitting vocals paired with a lighter use of guitars than the majority of the album yet not light enough for the track to be regarded as a soft number.

Their rock melodies are hardly original and vocals not always pitch perfect however Mallory Knox utilise what skills they do have to create a wholly authentic sound. Having not strayed too far from how they first started, the quintet have simply drawn themselves a lot tighter together and shown that perfection is not necessarily the key to success.

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