Mallory Knox @ Corporation – 14th December
Mallory Knox. Sounds like a lovely girl, I thought as I dusted off my band t-shirt and headed down to Corp on Saturday. As I sauntered past the queue snaking around Sheffield’s epicentre of all things alternative, teenagers’ t-shirts echoed a bygone era of shouty.
The term ‘alternative rock’ creates several expectations and Crooks, Blitz Kids and Mallory Knox delivered. Clinging desperately to my ginger beer, I prayed to the God of Alternative; Ozzy Osbourne that I would not be swept up into the sweaty, pushy throng that is a mosh pit. Luckily Mikey Chapman of Mallory Knox had been to one of these gigs before and knew exactly how to organise the pit to minimise disruption to the rest of the crowd’s jumping- in- the- air- fist- pumping action. It’ll be his Cambridge upbringing.
If you haven’t heard their music before, imagine haunting yet heartfelt lyrics cast against a wave of slow intros and thrashing guitars, with the energetic beats of Dave Rawling: drumsmith thrown in for good measure. With both Crooks and Blitz Kids re-boarding the stage for the epic finale, Chapman couldn’t think of a better place to release gems like Lighthouse and Oceans as well as a sneak preview of a new song. And neither could I.
Words: Teela Fermin.