Mallory Knox have been taken 2013 by storm. Releasing their debut album Signals in January, the U.K. rockers have since performed dates on the European festival circuit, been nominated as Kerrang!’s Best British Newcomer and sold out venues across two headlining tours of their home country. All the while, working on album number two.
Mallory Knox will be making their Australian debut later this month as part of Vans Warped Tour Australia.
Luke Bunworth caught up with guitarist Joe Savins to get the lowdown.
You’re gearing up for another headline tour around the U.K. You must be pretty stoked, I see a couple of shows are selling out.
It’s really incredible. Even in the U.K., we have only started getting established. To start doing a tour and already having that reception, we’ve never really had that before. We did a small headline tour in April and a few of the shows sold out. But these venues are much bigger. It feels like it’s proof that our music is connected to people over here.
2013 has been pretty big for you guys with the release of your debut Signals. You had to sit on the album for a while. What was the reason behind that?
We recorded the album about a year before we released it. When we recorded it, we felt that the songs really shouldn’t just be put out on a whim with no real press or radio behind it. It just seemed like a waste of the potential of the songs. So we got a proper radio team on side, a proper press team. We made sure everything was set in stone before we put the album out. We wanted it to have the release that we felt that it deserved.
How do you feel that the album builds on the Pilot EP?
Those were the first songs that we wrote as a band. So for me, we were sort of just finding out feet and finding our sound. When you listen to Pilot, the collection of songs differ from one track to the next. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. We were still finding our identity so it was difficult for us to work out where we were taking our sound. I think by the time we recorded Signals, we knew what we wanted from our band and what we wanted from our band. For me, Signals is a more complete record. It has more focus and it is more driven. I think the songs are stronger.
What was it like in the studio?
It was quite weird for us in the studio. We have never been in the studio for a long length of time like that. Some days were challenging but I think that we thrived under that constant creativity. It was a good vibe for us to be in. It was a very friendly atmosphere. We recorded the album with the same guy that we recorded the EP with [Dan Lancaster(We are the Ocean, Lower than Atlantis)]. There was a connection there. He got our band and he already knew what we were about. There was no awkward introductions. We recorded it quite quickly really compared to a lot of bands. We did it in just over two weeks. We sort of got a lot done in not a lot of time. We loved recording.
One of my favourite tracks from the album is Wake Up. What is the story behind that track?
Wake Up would have been one of the first songs for Signals that we completed. We were quite thrown when we started writing. We had a few sort of false starts and half-written songs. Writing Wake Up was when we really found our sound. I remember we were practicing and we wrote that song. It really felt in our heads that THIS is a Mallory Knox song. This is where we wanted to take our band. We sort of embellished on that. I think Wake Up sort of laid the foundations for what Signals became.
As I mentioned before, you have had a pretty big year. What has been your favourite moment of 2013 so far?
I think for me, my favourite moment of 2013 was playing the Reading & Leeds festival over here. That was incredible. The main stage is the sort of thing that is broadcast here every year. I have grown up watching bands play on that stage. So getting that offer and going on to play the show, those two moments were massive for our band. That was the first time that I truly felt that we were making a bit of an impact in the music scene over here. We had always done well but for us to play a show that big… When we got booked, our initial thought was ‘Is anyone going to come and watch us!?’ It is just so massive. But there was just a sea of people. I had never seen anything like it.
You must have also been pretty stoked when you got the offer for Warped Tour Australia.
Yeah, that was incredible. It is so weird. Where we come from in England, it is such an insular little town. No one really travels and no one really goes abroad. Two of our members, up until we played a show on a little island near Britain a few months ago, had never been on a plane. They had never been on holiday. So to get that offer for Warped, it was such a weird moment for our band to realise that there was demand enough for us to actually take it around the world. We never thought that people outside of our little town would ever care about us so to get that was unbelievable. It is such an opportunity. The lineup is so great and Warped is such an institution in the rock scene. It is such a famous tour so we are truly honoured to be a part of it.
What are you most looking forward to about the tour?
I’m most looking forward to seeing the country. I never thought that I would get to go to Australia. We’re not from a rich background so we’re not really off on holiday all the time. We just struggle by. So to be able to get to go to Australia while doing something that we love, that’s what I’m looking forward to most. Just having the opportunity to see all the sights, be over there and take it all in.
Since you finished Signals almost two years ago now, have you started thinking about a follow up to Signals?
We have started thinking about a follow up. We are always writing. We are one of those bands that are sort of terrified that if we ever stopped writing, that we might never be able to get back into it. We are always just continuously writing. We demo our tracks as we go so we have a fair few recorded ideas down. The label have heard them and they are excited. We are all excited. I don’t want to speak too soon but for me, the songs are so much better than what we have released already. I am so excited. I think it could take our band to another level.
What else can we expect from Mallory Knox?
There is an ambition in Mallory Knox. There isn’t a fear about getting bigger and bigger. I think a lot of bands feel conscious about expanding and growing. But for us, we want to take our music round the world in the biggest venues that we possibly can. We will keep doing what we know and love : booking tours and writing songs until we reach our maximum potential.
Luke Bunworth / @lukeyb92
You can catch Mallory Knox on Vans Warped Tour Australia 2013.
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