It’s getting rarer now-a-days to find large music venues outside of the main metropolitan cities sold out or near enough full to capacity on a weekday – let alone an instance when the main support band pulls in nearly as many curious onlookers.
Yet, it happens and was the case at the Roadmender in Northampton on Wednesday.
You’re probably not going to see Mallory Knox play in the town again, and that’s not a criticism of them or venue.
The fact is the band’s anthemic rock is designed to ring out across arenas of thousands rather than hundreds – and on the evidence of their Northampton show, they’re on course to achieving this. The Cambridge five piece were supported by Fort Hope, Moose Blood and Frnkiero & The Cellabration.
The latter is the new band fronted by former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero – which explained the numbers packed into the venue’s main room so early.
Iero’s impact and influence on his former band was evident from the off, with much of his new material noticeably similar, yet thrasher, heavier and rougher around the edges and in all honestly - better for it.
Unfortunately the world the black hoodie Iero wore on stage ensured you won’t be seeing any photos of him here at least.
Mallory Knox arrived on stage to a track written by English composer Tony Britten – familiar to millions as ‘That music from the Champion’s League on ITV’.
Grandiosity aside, they opened with QOD 2 from their new album Asymmetry before launching straight into former single Shout At The Moon.
The latter was pretty perfect exemplar of Mallory Knox’s sound which combines melodic vocals, huge guitars, sing along choruses and the aforementioned ‘anthemic’ qualities.
Their 14 song set was a pretty even split between songs from their latest album and 2012’s Signals.
Highlights from Asymmetry included the likes of Dying To Survive and Getaway with the likes of Death Rattle and Beggars from their debut receiving a raptures response.
Frontman Mikey Chapman stood illuminated alone on stage for She Took Him To The Lake before the his fellow band members were revealed and the song exploded into life for them to finish the track before ending proceedings with former single Lighthouse.
There’s no reinventing the wheel here - more travelling along well-trodden path previously ventured along by a trio of Welsh bands and the likes of You Me At Six. Not that it matters.
Hundreds poured out of the venue having seen a great set by one of the UK’s best young rising rock acts. More of the same please Roadmender.
Mallory Knox played:
Shout At The Moon
When Are We Waking Up?
Resuscitate / Oceans
Dying To Survive
Ghost In The Mirror
She Took Him To The Lake