Interview: Mallory Knox
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Time is a proven recipe for success. It produces the best wines, the most famous cheeses, and also - the best albums? Cambridge five-piece Mallory Knox are certainly hoping that this is the case. It’s been just over two years since Asymmetry was released. It was a success for the group, peaking at 16 in the UK albums chart. Not bad for a follow-up album released one year after the alt-rock group first burst onto the music scene. The band announced in November that their third album, Wired, will be released early next year and there’s a sense of excitement when I speak to bassist Sam Douglas. "It’s pretty cool to be able to listen back to something you’ve spent over a year creating.” There’s a tone of frustration too, given the March release date. "All we really want is to get it out there now and show people what we have been working on.” The three years since Asymmetry was written have been long and life-changing. “Life doesn’t wait around for you”, Douglas explains. It’s inevitable that the time spent immersed in the industry will have had a profound impact on the band, particularly given their prominence in the festival scene over the last couple of years. “I think we’ve all grown up a lot, but our love for music has never died”, he muses. There’s something else rather unique about the group - since their formation in 2009, the line up has not changed once. As bands grow up alongside one another, members often come and go. Not here. "Mallory is kinda the glue that holds it all together.” But why the long break? Given the use of tech, and the equipment on offer to the band, it seems baffling that they’ve not had the chance to really get new music out. Douglas shrugs this off. “We aren’t the kind of band that can make music on the road using computers. We’re the kind of band who need a rehearsal room where all five of us can play and be a real band.” It certainly doesn’t seem that tech will take over and dominate the band’s sound. "There’s something about writing a song in a specific moment that I don’t think a computer will ever be able to recreate.” Douglas cannot give their method enough praise. “It gives it a soul, that way." It’s this that he feels differentiates Wired from the band’s previous works, and the band from others. “When you get down to it, everything just feels real. We recorded everything using our hands and our voices which is how this band should be.” The band recorded their album in a somewhat unconventional studio - an old chapel with a “beautiful sounding room”. “Fake pianos and computers don’t work for us.”
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