A great element of Warped Tour is all the opportunities to talk to the bands. We were lucky enough to have time to talk to a couple, Mallory Knox being the first. Originally from Cambridge, UK, it was the band’s first Warped Tour and front man Mickey Chapman met with Shannon Rae for a quick interview. Check it out below!
SR: Are you having a fun time?
MC: I’m loving it, absolutely loving it. Warped Tour is quite the experience. We are lucky enough to be on the whole thing. Tired, but very very happy.
SR: So what’s your favorite date that you have played so far?
MC: That’s a really good question, we’ve had some really good ones actually. We had some great, well not so great ones down in Florida. Generally it’s been great throughout the whole thing.
SR: You have been touring now with quite the number of artist, as well as you did the World Tour with Peirce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens, what have you learned that you are now taking with as something that you can do better or make touring easier for the band as a whole?
MC: Well I mean, back home in the UK, where we are stationed, like we have a larger crew and extra stuff on tour, which is great it’s what a lot of bands work towards having, which is nice but coming back to the US and doing Warped Tour it makes you realize just how much more fulfilling hard work and working for your own band and doing your own thing really is. I think for me that’s an ethic that I, not lost per say, but that I had begun to forget about and it’s nice to be reminded just how great hard work can be.
SR: Okay, let’s talk after Warped Tour. You have a Homecoming Tour coming up?
MC: That’s right
SR: When does that start?
MC: That starts the end of September through into early October. We are going to be doing that tour I think about ten dates. We are very lucky, Set It Off and The Xcerts are coming out with us. It’s been great hanging out with Set It Off on Warped Tour already. They are great guys who are gonna come over… It’s going to be our biggest tour to date.
SR: That’s great! You just released Asymmetry, what do you feel you did different sound wise from the last album?
MC: I think sound wise the boys instrumentally took a lot more time, they had more resources. We are fortunate enough to be back to our major label so we had the time and the finances to be a little bit more adventurous. So we just spent a lot of time in that respect working on certain tones and sounds, which kind of made it essentially what it is.
SR: Okay, so who were some of your influences? Who did you blast while you were getting inspired?
MC: Haha, for this record? To be honest with you, influences very rarely come in directly. We all listen to kind of an eclectic set of music. But I mean, we are all big fans of Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Alexisonfire, you know bands of sort of different kind of variety but they’re sort of universal. I think we kind of take a lot of aspects from all of our favorite bands. It’s pretty cool, it’s nice to sorta add like a lower part of a song because it sort of reminded you of some great thing you listened to like back in the day.
SR: Right on! Tell me why someone should come and see your guys’ set?
MC: Um, I think people in the states should particularly come and see a Mallory set because we are pretty good, haha. We work really hard, to be as good as we can be, and I think people will really vibe with not only the set but with how we try to be with not only each other but with how we try to be with our fans, you know there is no room for bullsh*tting. You have a lot of bands that are all about-
SR: The fluff?
MC:—yeah, it’s all about sh*t. And we’re not about that.
SF: Awesome, well thank you so much for talking to us.
MC: You’re very welcome. Thank you for your time.
Check out Mallory Knox on the remaining dates of Warped Tour and watch their official video for "Shout at the Moon" below!