British music continues to make the most unexpected impacts, but it’s those impacts that falter after the first release. It’s a hit or miss with anyone releasing music, get it right and it can go exceedingly well, but get it wrong and that could be the end altogether. Mallory Knox have created the ideal first release, with so much hype behind it, ‘Signals’ is that unexpected impact.
A band that has been so hyped, you’d expect the first full-length release to fall at the high expectations, but ‘Signals’ is game, set and matched. A release that fits in alongside the rock sound, it creates new boundaries for bands like Deaf Havana and Lower Than Atlantis and others alike to push their sound towards the unexpected.
It’s catchy music, it pulls you in at the right points and it’s an exciting release put forward by the band. This isn’t the MySpace era anymore where anything goes, this is music that takes a true form and doesn’t succumb to the sense of instant-gratification pop rock music.
This is an album that highlights the talents of British music and opener ‘Beggars’ sets precedence to the rest of the album. It follows perfectly into ‘Lighthouse’, which uplifts and explodes into perfect precision. This album reels you in from the start and you can’t help but give it a little love, especially throughout ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Hello’, where the two tracks keep us hooked and keen to keep this album on repeat.
The album closes on ‘Creeper’, ending in an apocalyptic outbreak. It’s the perfect ending to a great sounding album that puts Mallory Knox up in prime position as one of Britain’s greatest new bands.
‘Signals’ is another entry from another hopeful, but Mallory Knox have made a statement and their success is more evident than any before them. With headline slots input for the summer, there’s a lot of buzz around this band and hopefully a lot to continue. An almost perfect debut release.
Written by Yasmin La Ronde