We caught some time with Mallory Knox frontman Mikey at Leeds a couple of weeks back. Mallory Knox are the band on the tip of everyone’s lips right now, with an album about to be released and the announcement of a big headlining UK tour with Frank Iero the future looks more than promising..
You guys have just played Leeds, and you played Reading yesterday. How has it been?
Man, it has been phenomenal. Reading yesterday was spectacular, just a really nice day all round and to come to Leeds and do pretty much the same thing today is amazing. You kind of go “I wish I could do that all over again” it’s been one of those days.
It seemed to be a good crowd?
Absolutely, the crowd was a little bit subdued, but with the weather and the fact that we are half way through the festival. Everyone is running kind of slowly down to empty. But people were responsive and they were properly listening, so it was a phenomenal experience.
Do you think the weather gives you more of a chance to find new fans? Because you’ve got those who have just wandered into the tent to get out of the rain, and not necessarily to watch you?!
Absolutely, you’re spot on there. Obviously it is great having the fans that we already do have here to help build the vibe shall we say, and then anyone that comes in hopefully gets drawn in by that at the same time. So yeah, it’s a really nice combination and I do feel for people when it does rain because I’ve been a festival goer myself and it’s always the worst. But it’s Leeds man, you can’t really expect much different.
New album is available to pre-order, are you happy with that? Happy with how it’s gone down?
Yeah, I mean pre-orders are a great thing we really enjoy seeing that number go up, and seeing that people are interested because we put a hell of a lot of work into the record. At the same time you don’t expect everyone to pre-order, you don’t expect everyone to have the money especially in the summer time. But yeah, we look forward to seeing who picks it up on the day.
Are you happy with the finished product?
Absolutely man, the boys have done an incredible job, they’ve worked really hard on it. We’ve spent a good portion of this year kind of working through it, and making sure it is as good as it can be. It’s now just the simple fact that we want to get it out there to the fans, and let them have a listen to see what they think.
And a tour to follow later in the year?
Yes the November tour is going to be great, it is going to be our first proper tour this year. First headline for sure! And I can’t wait to get back out and into the swing of it, can’t wait to get back out and see lots of faces and I can’t wait to get back out and see plenty of places.
And you’ve got Frank Iero supporting you?
It’s amazing man, so fucking cool. My Chemical Romance were a band that we really looked up to, or that I looked up to when I was younger and to have Frank on the bill is a real honour. We’re really excited to see that.
How did that happen?
Well Frank is starting his own stuff just like Gerard, and a few of the other guys are doing their own little things. They’ve got to start somewhere with that and luckily for us (and really nicely for us) Frank decided it would be great for him to go out with us and hit the UK supporting us which is fantastic.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Being a nice person.
Dream dinner guest (dead or alive)?
How long do you spend in-front of the mirror?
Favourite swear word?
Best excuse you’ve ever used to break up with someone?
I am too busy right now.
Best day of your life?
The day I discovered Pokemon.
Is that Pokemon cards or the Nintendo game?
Both, absolutely both.
Religious, spiritualist, humanist or none?
Worst thing you’ve put in your mouth?
Last band you went to see live (that wasn’t on a festival stage)?
Bring Me the Horizon.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Pokemon Master.
What would you say if you met the Queen?
Last time you were starstruck?
Weirdest moment of your life?
Good question, very good question. Weirdest moment of my life was, I don’t know. You can’t put that in a quick fire round. Pass!!
Would you prefer to only ever whisper or shout?
Worst job pre-band?
Digging holes for a living. No! Bread shelf stacker.
Who would you like to hear cover one of your songs, and which song?
Lana Del Rey, with “Oceans”.