Mallory Knox’s frontman Mikey Chapman chats about nasty neighbours
MALLORY KNOX’s frontman Mikey Chapman, 28, chats about studio blazes and nasty neighbours. The band’s new album Wired is out on RCA.
Your studio caught fire making 2014’s Asymmetry. Did anything dramatic happen during Wired?
Recording in the countryside had its dangers — hay fever ruined vocal takes for a few days and a crow spent every morning trying to attack our drummer Dave through his bedroom window.
What themes and subjects were you drawn to while writing these songs?
Mental health has affected us as individuals, as a band and the people around us. Writing about it was a great way to vocalise some of the pain and frustration that goes with anxiety and depression.
When was the last time you owed, or were owed an apology?
I smiled at some tosser outside my new house, trying to be nice to the neighbours. He took it as me laughing at him and decided we needed to have a fight. I think he might owe me an apology.
What is the most bizarre thing you’ve ever seen on tour?
Once, in Middlesbrough, a drunk guy tried to steal our tour bus with the band and crew on board. He was booted out a few moments later.
What is your most treasured item?
When my grandmother passed, I kept a music box that had sat on her windowsill.
■ The band’s new album Wired is out on RCA
Author: Tom Stichbury