British rock band Mallory Knox have announced their newest single “California,” the latest release from their third studio album Wired. Watch the just-released video for “California” today, which incorporates vintage film shot in California with footage from the band’s sold-out headline show at London’s Koko earlier this year.
“California” was inspired by a conversation bassist Sam Douglas had with a friend who had fallen into a dark place in his life. Aligning with the album’s themes of introspection and mental health, the track’s poignant lyrics encourage its listener to believe that life can sometimes throw you a lifeline if you adopt a new way of thinking: So maybe take a leap and step out of your mind, you’ll gain a new perspective / You’re realizing lonely hearts can find a little love.
Speaking about the track, frontman Mikey Chapman says: “We wanted ‘California’ to be a feel-good summer tune. It reflects our time in the States touring and the experiences we had there. It wasn’t all easy-going, but the song is a reminder to embrace and remember the good when facing harder times.”
Mallory Knox have also released their Unwired EP, featuring stripped-back versions of five tracks from the full-length album including “Giving It Up” and “Better Off Without You.” The EP highlights the band’s versatility as musicians, effortlessly transitioning from energetic, stadium-sized rock anthems to melodic acoustic jams. Unwired is available everywhere today.
In just five years, Mallory Knox have firmly established themselves at the forefront of modern British rock. The Cambridge five-piece (named after the character in Natural Born Killers) released three BBC Radio 1 A-Listed singles on their last album, 2014’s Asymmetry, which reached No. 16 on the Official Albums Chart in the U.K. The band sold out London’s 3,700-capacity Roundhouse during a headline tour in support of Asymmetry, in addition to playing the main stages of Reading and Leeds Festivals and Download Festival. Stateside, the band has toured with Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens in addition to playing Warped Tour in 2015.