The time had come for Mallory Knox; they were about to play the first of two nights at Camden’s Electric Ballroom. You could almost feel the excitement oozing through the walls from backstage into the crowd.
Once the sound check guy had finished doing his job and the lights started to dim, the crowd went mad as the five boys graced the stage and started performing. It was safe to say that most people were looking forward to hearing some of the new songs from Asymmetry being played, but they changed it up a bit by playing ‘QOD II’ first, before going in with ‘Shout at the Moon’.
The crowd was buzzing following the performance of ‘Wake Up’ and ‘When Are We Waking Up’, but as things started to slow down, front man Mikey Chapman took this as an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. His sense of self-confidence started to be over looked, as he explained that it wasn’t that long ago that they were all rehearsing in each other’s living rooms where they had to stop at 5:30pm so the neighbours could watch Deal or No Deal in peace. This then lead them to mix songs from their first EP, Pilot. It was surprising how well ‘Resuscitate’ and ‘Oceans’ worked together.
The enthusiasm was then bought back, as the more upbeat songs were booming through the venue, and the crowd couldn’t seem to get enough. But that time had come where they “tricked” us by walking off stage before coming back for an encore that was bigger than ever.
Starting off with ‘She Took Him to the Lake’, the tension that that song gives off is great… in a weird sort of way. And it’s made even better when performed live. ‘Lighthouse’ (below) was of course the song to close the show with, featuring a welcoming explosion of confetti. It was an unexpected touch that would never have seemed right in such a small venue, but it worked perfectly.
Asymmetry is out now.
Review by Jade Warden