INTERVIEW: Mallory Knox
Inbetween their newest single getting airtime on Radio 1 and a packed festival schedule, we were lucky enough to catch up with Mikey Chapman and Sam Douglas of Mallory Knox at Redfest to talk about band names, the filming of their new video, touring, and Teletubbies.
Can you describe your band in one sentence?
Mikey Chapman: Epic Fenland Rock! (laughs)
Sam Douglas: Yeah, we’ll go with that…for now.
How did you come up with the band name?
S: It was one of them things… we were struggling with the band name for a while and it was our guitarist Joe’s idea to come up with an actual persons name for the band name. It was going to be Dorian Gray, but then they bought a film out and long story short Mallory Knox was the next choice. Simple as that.
A few months back you supported The Rasmus at the O2 Islington in London. What was that like, and how did the audience react?
M: It was interesting because we’ve said for a long time that we don’t want to be bracketed into a genre or a group of fans. We want to get out to as many people as possible and The Rasmus show is really a test of that for us. We wanted to sort of see how it would go with another audience, especially a die hard audience much like The Rasmus fans are. So we got there, and we were a little bit apprehensive and we thought this could go one was or the other and we played and had a really good time, and had a really good show and people really seemed to enjoy it. We played a London show a few months after and I kept running into people that said ‘We saw you at The Rasmus show’ it was just a really good night really, all round.
You’ve played both venue and festival gigs, most recently at festivals such as Download. Which do you prefer to perform at and why?
S: I think they’re two different things in themselves, and you have to treat them as that as well. I think I just like shows in general. With a festival it’s a different experience all together instead of 2 or 3 bands on the bill you’re surrounded by 50 to 60 so it’s really like a party atmosphere. We’ve also played to 200 capped venues so it’s all really close and intimate. I think they’re both great.
M: I think the energy of a venue show is far different to the energy at a festival show, but that doesn’t mean that one or the other is better. Like Sam said, they’re two very different beasts.
Last year you were interviewed by Steph at Bring The Noise. What’s changed since then and has anything unexpected happened to the band?
M: We keep looking back a year and thinking ‘what has happened?’ It’s quite a good question. We’ve hooked up with a lot of people behind the scenes, industry folk and stuff who are all very keen and very happy to work with us and we are equally happy to work with them, and through that we’ve got some pretty good shows and bits and bobs. Download came along just after the last Bring The Noise interview. We’ve been played on Radio 1 a few times with our new single Death Rattle. It’s just onwards and upwards for us really. We hoped to be in a similar situation this time last year and now that we’re here and we’re doing it, it’s really good to see that things are moving forward.
You’ve got a new music video coming out, can you give us any hints about what we might see?
S: I think with this video, because it’s our debut album it’s different. We shot the Oceans and Resuscitate videos back when we didn’t… not so much know what we were doing but when we just wanted to get a video out there of some sort. This one has taken a lot more planning. We’ve really thought about what we want to do with the video. We’re treating this like an introduction to our band and there’s going to be a lot of band performance in it which is what we wanted. As I said we’re treating it as the first proper video. There is a story line going on.
M: I mean we’ll give you what we started with, the song is called Death Rattle and we just sort of moved from there. It’s not going to be like Teletubbies jumping around. Although that’s quite sinister in itself really! It’s not going to be happy happy lovey lovey.
S: It’s not going to be like death metal
M: Or metal core, I mean
S: I mean, we’re a pop rock band so it’s not going to be-
M: We’re going to have some fun anyway and we look forward to everyone hearing and seeing it.
Any last words for the readers of Bring The Noise?
M: Just thank you very much for all your support if you’ve checked us out before! If you haven’t please feel free to. We’ve come along so far over the past couple of years and we wouldn’t be able to do it without people listening, so thank you to everyone who’s taken a listen!
Interview and photographs by: Tori Clarkson
Tags: Mallory Knox, Redfest