Mallory Knox reveal the video for their new single ‘Better Off Without You’, the second to be lifted from their forthcoming third album ‘Wired’, released March 10th on RCA. Watch it below. The band will play their biggest headline hometown show to date on March 26th when they play the Corn Exchange, tickets on sale now.
Written about the prescription drug Citalopram, used to treat anxiety and depression, ‘Better Off Without You’ was borne out of bassist Sam Douglas’ frustration towards a doctor who took a particularly lax approach to his treatment. The dark, unnerving video follows a patient held at the mercy of a team of crooked doctors, forced through intense chemical tests against his will. The cold, clinical tone mirrors the intense feeling of helplessness associated with anxiety; this, matched with a characteristically fiery performance from the band, creates perhaps their most emotive, thought-provoking video to date.
Speaking about the video, frontman Mikey Chapman says: ‘For many, going to a doctor and speaking about an illness of the mind can be a difficult thing and can require great courage – to accept and admit you no longer have full control of your own thoughts and feelings. To be given a pill and told to ‘see how it goes’ or made to wait months to talk for 10 minutes to a professional is the reality many face. The quick fix mentality of society may work for some, but leaves others more isolated and desperate than ever before. We wanted to address this in our own way.’
Defined by psychological conflict, ‘Wired’ documents a journey of self-discovery for the band. ‘Sometimes the biggest part is the realisation that you are fucked up,’ Mikey says, ‘and you do need to sort yourself out if you’re ever going to find a pathway to happiness, that leads you away from the vices that deafen you daily.’ The future of the band, though, seems impossibly bright.
‘Better Off Without You’ follows album opener and lead single ‘Giving It Up’, which was praised by BBC Radio 1’s MistaJam for its ‘completely undeniable’ energy and spent five weeks on their playlist. The Cambridge five-piece have previously released three Radio 1 A-Listed singles, sold out London’s 3,700-capacity Roundhouse, played the main stages at Reading & Leeds and Download and reached #16 on the UK Album Chart with their last album ‘Asymmetry’. This year, the band will embark on an extensive UK headline tour, including two nights at London’s Koko, with further dates to be announced later in the year.
Mallory Knox will play the following live dates in 2017. Tickets are available now via the band’s website:
20 Mar Bristol, O2 Academy
21 Mar Cardiff, Tramshed
22 Mar Norwich, UEA
24 Mar Birmingham, O2 Institute
25 Mar Sheffield, Leadmill
26 Mar Cambridge, Corn Exchange
28 Mar Aberdeen, Garage
29 Mar Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
31 Mar Newcastle, University SU
1 April Liverpool, O2 Academy
2 April Portsmouth, Pyramids
4 April Oxford, O2 Academy
5 April London, KOKO
6 April London, KOKO