Mallory Knox say farewell to St. Albans with emphatic performance on their final tour.
My relationship with Mallory Knox has been turbulent over recent years and after the release of their latest self-titled album, I didn’t know if it could ever be salvaged. Alas, with the announcement of the band’s recent decision to call it a day, I was excited to see their offerings live and in the flesh one last time. The Horn in St. Albans is one of Hertfordshire’s best-kept secrets and on a blustery September evening, it would welcome Mallory Knox and their eclectic array of bangers for one final, special evening.
The room was packed with a mixed audience – some younger, newer fans gathered at the front while the older audience members in attendance to witness the band’s dying embers felt to hover timidly at the back. After the evening was aptly opened by Birmingham’s alternative rockers Led by Lanterns, any apparent divides in the audience were quickly brushed aside. After all, everyone was present for the common good – to say goodbye to a band that has been a staple of the UK scene for a decade.
New tunes, White Lies and Black Holes were highlights in a setlist that could have quite easily descended into an exclusive collection of greatest hits. As two of the strongest songs on the band’s latest release, I was not surprised – nor were the other audience members who jigged around a sang back to the band in the chorus – that they had made it in. In fact, I would go as far as to say that they held their own among some utter bangers and were really refreshing moments in the lineage of the evening.
However, the undisputed highlights, as expected, came from some of the band’s vintage songs. Wake Up really invigorated the crowd and created a cult-like unity among the fans in attendance. And of course, a Mallory Knox review would not be complete without the mention of Lighthouse. Emphatic in delivery, timeless in nature… there is nothing about this song that can be overlooked. Sam Douglas’ delivery of the tricky vocals was impressive and everyone in the room took it upon themselves to slam this one home in a fashion that I don’t think many will forget for a while.
After this performance, I was happy to walk away from the band – aware that they had left everything in that room, and comfortably in the knowledge that they would continue to do so for all the remaining shows on ‘The Final Tour’. The band will always hold a special place in my heart and quite frankly I am happy for this – however, it is a shame that more people in the future will get to experience this.
Mallory Knox. 2009 – 2019.