Photos (c) Samantha Marklew
With the aid of a very willing crowd, they powered through their high energy set.
“We hope those things don’t happen tonight”. Midway through their set, lead singer Mikey Graham made mention of a power outage during Mallory Knox‘ last visit to Bristol around a year ago — and for the most part that remained true.
After a bumper collection of support acts (including the creative force behind My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero, with his band The Cellabration), the main show started with the guys coming on to ‘Zadok the Priest’ (the Champions League theme music). They then launched into a set filled primarily with tracks from their two studio albums, ‘Signals’ and ‘Asymmetry’, which this tour was celebrating.
So whilst there was no blackout, like there was at The Fleece in 2013, the band did have to put up with a failing microphone for bassist and secondary vocalist, Sam Douglas, during ‘Resuscitate’ a key song for him, alongside the band in general, by their own admittance, not feeling 100%. However, that did not affect their performance, and with the aid of a very willing crowd, they powered through their high energy set.
Particular highs came within in the, now-obligatory encore, when they delivered a stirring rendition of ‘Asymmetry’ album track, ‘She Took Him To The Lake’ where there were clean cross-harmonies, as the song ramped up through the gears over its seven-minute length. This was followed by the band bringing the house down with a mobile-phone-lit performance of their biggest hit, ‘Lighthouse’, which brought raptures from the crowd.
It’s testament to Mallory Knox, and how far they have come in the past year, to say that the band felt almost too big for the venue they chose — and if they continue to grow through the hard work on show and the support that’s out there, they could be headlining massive arena shows next time around.
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