Mallory Knox, Lonely the Brave

O2 Institute, Birmingham on Friday 24 March 2017

Mallory Knox have been around since 2013, they have just released their third studio album ‘Wired’, and what a stonker it is too.

Due to the immense traffic in Birmingham on Friday night it took me 40 mins to get to the venue, which is normally a 20 min drive. It’s all Craig David’s fault why I was late, as he was appearing at the Barclaycard Arena on the same night.

I had been buzzing for two weeks before this gig as I love this band and once I’d heard their new album I was even more hooked.

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The venue was quite busy, I was excited to see Lonely the Brave as one of the supports, one of the most underrated bands I’ve seen in a long while, not too much chat between songs, which was cool, I was surprised how much I enjoyed them, even much so, I’ve bought some of their tunes, and I have promised myself I need to see them again, maybe under their own steam.

Big illuminated ‘MK’ signs at either end of the stage and the presence of dry ice indicated Mallory Knox were due on stage any second. I had waited for this moment for weeks.

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The introduction to first song ‘Giving it Up’ echoed around the venue, with piercing screams and shouts of delight, even I was screaming inside, I think I was as much up for it as all the punters.

‘Ghost in the Mirror’ which is one of my favourite ‘Knox’ tunes didn’t disappoint and is as good live as recorded.

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The set was amazing so far, album track ‘Wired’ was epic, even much so the faithful knew all the words, and it’s only been out a few weeks.
You can’t fault this band for their drive and enthusiasm, its paramount throughout their performance. Ballsy songs filled with energy and passion, why wouldn’t you love this band.

A 16 song set full of little gems and which showcased the bands prowess, how far they’ve come in such a short space of time, what an incredible journey.
The last few songs of the show and the encore were absolutely outstanding ‘Shout at the Moon’, which was terrific, ‘Saviour’, ‘Lighthouse’ and the incredible ‘Better Off Without You’ finished off the show and basically put the icing on the cake and the cherry on top.

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These guys are amazing live and I never tire from listening to them and seeing them live, they are a must see band, add them to your bucket list and do yourself a favour, buy a ticket and go see them live.

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article by: Michelle Owen-Williams

photos by: Michelle Owen-Williams

published: 28/03/2017 11:34


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