Catchy, anthemic guitar sounds infiltrates the room, the theatrical lyrics dance through your ears as visuals rush through your mind. Mallory Knox, a 5-piece band from Cambridge named after a Psychopath created by Quentin Tarantino, caught our eye immediately, and after inviting them round for an acoustic guitar session and a little chat, we wanted to share more about these humble and easy going boys.
Cecilie Harris recently photographed and interviewed Mallory Knox for Issue 7, where we found out not only are these boys charismatic and interesting on stage, but also as individuals. As Cecilie digs deeper into the lives of the boys we find out that James is obsessed with his routines, Dave is in love with Netflix, whereas Sam lives, sleeps and breathes the band. Not at all driven by fame or money and having no shame about just wanting to be their favourite band, you will soon learn that there is much more behind the youthful faces that front the band.
Instant analogue by Cecilie Harris. Special thanks to IMPOSSIBLE.
Would you like to introduce yourself?
Hello, we are Mallory Knox. I am Mikey, this is Dave, Sam, Joe and James.
Tell me your "who are you" story.
Mikey: We started out in bands since we were all very young, and all of us have come from the same sort of area, in East Anglia. We have always known each other, but we have always played in various different bands since we were about 13 years old. We used to run into each other on shows and gigs and it got to the point where there was a moment when all three bands came to an end. We were all sort of at the end, and a lot of us were kind of considering growing up, shall we say, moving away from music, getting a job, a proper job, going to university or college or whatever, and then just moving away from it all. Then Joe and Dave got together and had a little jamming session and from there they invited the various other members of us into the scenario over time. It was a place and a way to jam and get our creative juices flowing, and from then we realized the potential of what was coming out of us and how much we were enjoying it. It was more special as this unit, compared to the past, and it was definitely worth giving a go. And three or four years late, here we are. It’s amazing.
How do you describe your sound?
Sam: We literally want to be our favourite band. We are not trying to copy anyone or be a certain thing, we just want to be able to listen to our album and be inspired by it. When you look into our influences Dave likes to have his heavier kind of stuff, half of it I have literally never heard of. I guess the best thing to say is that we are a rock band.
What are your obsessions?
Mikey: It sounds kind of emo, depressing and lame, but at the moment I’m obsessed with being happy. I’m obsessed with the achievement of being happy. Like proper happiness.
Sam: Mine is the band, straight up. Because if I’m not doing something like this, I’m at home playing guitar, looking at the tours or thinking about the album.
Joe: I wish I had an answer like Mickey or Sam, but I haven’t, it’s football. I proper love football. Everything about football.
Dave: Yeah outside the band, it’s probably Netflix. I love it. I can’t live without it. I will watch everything on it.
James: I don’t know if I have got an obsession.
Mickey: You have more obsessions than all of us put together!
James: People tell me this. I think I have OCD, like with my gear and stuff. I have routines I do to check everything, and I won’t let anyone else touch it.
Very good obsessions. What have been the highlights of your journey recently?
Mickey: The past year has been quite busy for us, especially the last few months. We’ve been touring in a few places. We’re getting out as much as we can to do some session work and interviews. Our new album 'Asymmetry' has been released too, and the touring for that has been keeping us busy, busy, busy!
Are Boys by Girls invited?
Mickey: Of course!!! As long as you take more nice photos of us, you’re more than welcome. Or though we won't be able to pull our sexy photo faces on stage. Which aren’t sexy what so ever.
Are they your passion faces?
Mickey: Passion faces! That’s a good word. I like that.
Mallory Knox / Ghost In The Mirror.
To indulge more into the world of Mallory Knox, you can get your own copy of Issue 7 out in shops now, or online here.
Interview by Cecilie Harris.
Words by Molly Baker.