Review by Stephen Pearson with photography by Gunnar Mallon

It’s a sold-out gig tonight at The Leadmill in Sheffield which is not surprising considering the stellar line-up! 3 of the Top British Rock Bands around at the moment and all for only £15.00. I’m really looking forward to the headliners Mallory Knox as it is my first time seeing them live but first we’ve got two great support acts.

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The Doors Open at 7:30pm and Fatherson literally come on stage 10 minutes later so the crowd are still spilling in when they kick off their set with the title track from their latest 2nd Album ‘Open Book’. Perhaps it would have been better to open the doors 15 minutes sooner so that fans could have enjoyed the set in full.

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One thing that always impresses me about The Leadmill is the sound quality is always top notch and tonight is no exception. It also means we get to hear Ross Leighton’s superb vocal range! The last 3 songs in their set are the singles from their latest album and by the final track ‘Lost Little Boys’ they have won the crowd over and we even have the drummer playing whilst standing up! I spoke briefly with Bass player Marc Strain after their set who was still buzzing and saying how much he loves the venue and also that they put the singles at the end of their set deliberately due to them coming on stage not long after the doors had opened!

With the crowd nicely warmed up, Lonely The Brave take to the stage who are from Cambridge the same as Mallory Knox. They kick off their set with the superb ‘Black Mire’ which was the lead single from their latest 2nd Album ‘Things Will Matter’ (which was recorded here in Sheffield!) and then another single ‘Dust And Bones’. The crowd are loving it and the ‘LTB’ chants are already kicking in!

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I’ve always found Lead Singer David Jakes fascinating as he doesn’t like the limelight and normally sings at the back of the stage. Tonight, he is stood a little nearer the front (probably due to how small the stage is!) but over the past couple of years his confidence on stage has grown a little. Despite how quiet he is between songs it doesn’t detract from how good a singer he is and this is very evident on the final two tracks they perform tonight both from their Debut Album ‘The Days War’. The crowd sing along to the brilliant ‘Backroads’ and then close their set with ‘The Blue The Green’ and David even says a few words of thanks! Lonely The Brave are such a tight band live on stage and they prove that once again tonight!

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From the moment Mallory Knox take to the stage it is clear that this is who the crowd have come to see and they are going crazy right from the off with opening track ‘Giving It Up’. Their latest album ‘Wired’ was only released two weeks prior to this gig but what impresses me tonight is that the new songs are going down even better than the tracks from the previous two albums! Throughout the 75 minute set, frontman Mikey Chapman is constantly engaging the crowd and the band genuinely look like they are also having an absolute blast!

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Tonight, they play tracks from across all 3 of their albums and it’s interesting to hear how their sound has changed with the release of their latest album, for me a bolder and more complete sound to their previous two and also how the band really want to sound! Midway through the set the band dial things down for ‘Falling In Love’ which gives Mikey a chance to show off his vocals before getting the whole crowd to sit down for ‘Lucky Me’ and then leaping up together in unison which is quite a sight to behold and one of the highlights of the set!

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They close their Main Set with ‘Saviour’ from the latest album before returning to play two tracks finishing with the superb single ‘Better Off Without You’ also from their latest album. The crowd are still chanting for more and the band don’t look like they want to leave but time has beaten us so they take a quick selfie with all of the crowd!

The future looks bright for Mallory Knox and they will be playing the Reading/Leeds Festival in August where I’ve no doubt they will acquire even more of a following!


Setlists:
Fatherson:
Open Book
Hometown
Forest
Mine For Me
Always
I Like Not Knowing
Lost Little Boys

Lonely The Brave:
Black Mire
Dust And Bones
Deserter
Radar
Jaws Of Hell
Backroads
The Blue The Green

Mallory Knox:
Giving It Up
Ghost In The Mirror
Wired
Dying To Survive
Getaway
California
Beggars
Falling In Love
Lucky Me
When Are We Waking Up?
Wake Up
Shout At The Moon
Saviour

Lighthouse
Better Off Without You

 

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