Catching Up With Mallory Knox Vocalist Mikey Chapman!

Credit: Andrew Wendowski Photography

Credit: Andrew Wendowski Photography

(PCM) Kristyn Clarke and Renee Winner of PopCultureMadness were recently able to catch up with Mallory Knox vocalist Mikey Chapman during their recent tour stop in Philadelphia, PA. The band were part of one of this winter’s biggest tours sharing a bill with both Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil and PRVIS.

Being out with bands such as Pierce The Veil and Sleeping with Sirens makes this a huge tour for the band. We are sure that they have seen their fan base continue to grow as a result. Mikey tells us “The great thing about this tour is that we get to go back to the beginning, our roots so to say, because we are performing to people who don’t know us and that is where we all start. It means that we can really be the underdogs again and work towards making new fans. So far, so good! 

The American public have really seemed to pick up on our sound and what we are doing. People are vibing off  of that and really enjoying it, so hopefully that will just carry on growing.”

We assume this must be refreshing to the band overall and certainly like dealing with a different type of animal touring-wise. Mikey reveals “Absolutely. I mean, you go from the U.K. and Europe to Australia and now finally we get to do The States, you notice that the crowds of people are different. They all have the same wants and likes, but there are slight kind of differences that you have to learn and craft your set around. You have to make a point to tailor it to the people you are playing for and people in The States are no different. It’s been a real nice challenge to come to grips with that for sure.”

When asked which songs are going over the best live thus far, Mikey responds “We always have our last song, which is “My House” which we always seem to play last because it is a favorite where ever we go and it carry’s over very well over here. There seems to be a divide among the crowds we’ve played to so far between kids who really like moshing and there are other kids who like the more poppier side of things so its been nice to see that both aspects of what we consider makes us a band are being received by almost two different kinds of people which is really weird, but kind of exciting to see.Kids who enjoy both subgenres of music can come together and enjoy one band. It’s very exciting”.

We were also curious if the band was looking into any of the U.S. music festivals this year. Mikey told us “I think we are going to be doing a summer over here, I can’t say too much right now, but I can’t wait.” The band is also headlining the Takedown Festival this year overseas. Mikey says “We head back home March 6th and then we have a few hours to get to where we are playing and then it is straight back on. It’s going to be nice because it is going to be one of our first home shows of the year. It gives us an opportunity to meet back up with our British fans. We then have a few more days off and they we come straight back here to The States for SXSW.”

With all the traveling that the band has been doing we are sure that they have seen some crazy stuff along the way. Mikey comments “Being a video game lover, one of the things I like the most here in The States and would love to take back home are these arcade/video game bars. It is brilliant. You have a place to buy alcohol and sh**tloads of video games, we don’t have that back home and we have been to three here so far and I am just in heaven.

It’s been a great thing to immerse yourself into and to me it is something that is quintessentially American. Things like pinball they don’t really do back home, as a kid I kind of assimilated so much American culture through television, music and stuff like that, so just being here and immersing yourself in it physically is a unique and exciting experience.”

We asked if it was everything he expected to which Mikey responded “In a way, yeah, I mean obviously you have your expectations, but the people here completely blow my mind and everyone has just been so welcoming and totally wonderful. Everyone seems to be looking out for one another and very friendly, so you guys should be proud of yourselves for that.”

Sometimes there can be certain aspects of a band that people misunderstand from time to time, Mikey reveals that with Mallory Knox often times people actually think they are Australian rather than British and that his name is not Mallory Knox. Many people at shows will think it is a singular person not an entire band. “I am not a girl, nor is my name Mallory Knox”. 

He goes on to say “We pride ourselves in just being straightforward and we are what we are. I used to be fed up as a kid about having to know certain things or know this or that to try to fit in and all that kind of rubbish. For me, if you like us you like us, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you do or any of that stuff, it is just completely irrelevant to me. For us if there are any misconceptions they are prefabricated because what we are on stage is what we are in real life. There’s no bulls**t”

The band are currently touring behind their latest album “Asymmetry” which was released last October. In talking about the recording process Mikey tells us “With Mallory’s recording process, before we even get to the studio, just in the writing side of things, we don’t write a song and bring it to fruition, if we don’t believe that it is going to make it onto the record. We may keep some stuff floating from time to time, but we will never take a song all the way to the end and then say we are going to put that one on the back burner.”

Whatever we write, if we are going to spend our time and effort on it, it’s got to be something we really think will fit on the record. Once the writing is out of the way, the recording process process is very swift I suppose. With “Asymmetry” we had maybe two or three months to do this one, which is really unique to us because the album before we only had about two or three weeks. So, in comparison it was a long time for us, which meant we could really perfect certain sounds and things like that.”

Mikey went on to praise his band mates in Mallory Knox saying “They are brilliant at what they do!”

Credit: Andrew Wendowski Photography

Credit: Andrew Wendowski Photography

We were curious what it was like to work with Gil Norton as a producer and if he challenged the band in any way. Mikey tells us ” Sure. We were really apprehensive to work with Gil because of some of the great records he has done, I mean we are all big Foo Fighters fans, massive Jimmy Eat World fans and know just how influential those bands are and he was such a big part of that. Gil really became a friend and he became the sixth member of the band. He helped us get through certain parts and he just really understood us and how we worked, especially when I was doing my vocals. He knew how quickly I would get frustrated if I couldn’t get something and he would work around it … he could see it before it could. It was the mark of a true master of his craft and we are very honored to say we got to work with him for sure”

The rest of 2015 will hold more and more traveling for the band, as Mikey says “We’ve put a lot of hard work into this record and our fans at home have just been so fantastic at picking it up and giving us the opportunity to do some of the things we are doing now. We just want to do right by that and just tour the hell out of this record and visit as many places around the globe as we possibly can and hopefully make some new fans and friends along the way.”

To wrap things up with Mikey we asked him some of this thoughts on the current rock scene and jokingly what he would do if Kanye took his award away.  He jokingly replied “I would kick that guy in the face. I don’t give a sh*t! That guy is rude as hell. Beck deserved that sh*t! Musicians these days fight an uphill battle and I take pride that within British music we all kind of have each other’s backs and it seems to me that being on this tour with the guys in Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens and seeing how they work, everyone is looked at as equals. We all have each other’s backs.”

Photography credit: Andrew Wendowski Photography

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Grateful Dead Reunion Tickets Going For Over $100,000 Online

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(PCM) I am not sure why, but something just feels wrong to me when I learned that 3-day tickets to “Fare Thee Well” the Grateful Dead reunion concert were selling for over $100,000 online.

The upcoming 3-day show will feature the four original members of The Grateful Dead to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. “Fare Thee Well” will be held at Chicago’s Solider Field over 4th of July weekend.  The show will also feature Phish frontman Trey Anastasio who will be taking on vocal duties in place of the late Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia.

According to Grateful Dead band member Bob Weir, “Fare Thee Well” will be the last performance ever with the original members of The Dead. Tickets for the upcoming show sold out almost immediately and the original ticket price was between $60 and $200 dollars for 3-day passes. That number has since skyrocketed and now tickets are selling on broker sites such as Stubhub for thousands of dollars. In fact, Stubhub is even offering obstructed/no view seating behind the stage for about $1,000. Unreal!  Something tells us Jerry is rolling over in his grave at these prices!

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Rock On The Range 2015 Is Becoming Bigger And Better Than Ever!

(PCM) As if we already weren’t excited enough about the line-up for this year’s Rock On The Range, today’s announcement about even more bands being added to the already stellar line-up, paired with the official line-up for the Comedy Tent has truly upped the anticipation.

Rock On The Range will be held on May 15, 16, and 17th at the newly renamed Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Festival producers explain the name change by saying “Rangers, your rock home is now MAPFRE Stadium, formerly Crew Stadium (pronounced “MAH-fray”). Same rock experience. Same home. New name!”

The Pretty Reckless, Tremonti, Vamps, The Danger Kids, and Highly Suspect join a stellar lineup of top rock bands led by multiplatinum Linkin Park, global rock juggernauts Slipknot, and heavy metal legends Judas Priest–who are currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary–for a full weekend of non-stop rock on three stages. The daily lineups will be announced in early April.

The ROTR Comedy Tent will feature sets from some of the biggest rock n’ roll influenced comedians, including: Rob Schneider, Brian Posehn, Jim Norton, Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine, Rod Paulette, Jeremy Essig, Brent Terhune, Joe Howard, Bill Squire, Jay Snyder, Bill Arrundale, Jake Iannarino, Kenny Smith, and Craig Peters.

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Ernie Ball presents the Rock On The Range Battle Of The Bands returns in 2015, offering unsigned bands a chance to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage at Rock On The Range and receive over $15,000 in gear and prizes, along with an all-expenses paid trip to Columbus, OH. The grand prize winner will receive gear from Electro-Voice, DW Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Markbass, and 1964 Ears, as well as an Ernie Ball Strings endorsement and Music Man instruments! Beginning March 9, visit http://rotr.battleofthebands.com to enter the Ernie Ball presents the Rock On The Range Battle Of The Bands. This year, Battle Of The Bands fans will also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win prizes from Ernie Ball and Ernie Ball Music Man. Visit http://rotr.battleofthebands.com starting March 9 for more details.

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Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Tyga get down and dirty on Between The Sheets Tour

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(PCM) “Double your pleasure, double your fun,” Chris Brown croons on his hit single “Forever”. It’s also exactly what Breezy had in mind when he teamed up with Trey Songz for their co-headlining Between The Sheets Tour. Along with very special guest Tyga, the duo have been packing arenas across North America. Despite nearby stops in New York and Philadelphia merely days earlier combined with last night’s nasty snow storm, the trio still managed to pack the Izod Center in New Jersey for another nearly sold-out show.

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Tyga kicked off the evening festivities with a tough set, dropping hits like “Make It Nasty”, “Rack City” and others. Tyga is still supporting his last album, 2013’s Hotel California, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200. Chris Brown laid down guest vocals on the song “For The Road”, and now they’re on the road together. Yesterday, Tyga and Brown released their much-anticipated collaborative effort Fan of a Fan: The Album. The disc’s lead single “Ayo” dropped back in January. Tyga has also been working on new music for his fourth album entitled The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, which is due out later this year.

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Trey Songz took the stage and immediately captivated the audience with his sweet voice and undeniable swag. After opening with “Foreign”, his second song, “Cake”, set the mostly-female audience into a frenzy. They are the first two tracks on his latest album, 2014’s Trigga which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. From there, Trey pulled the trigger on several of his biggest hits including “Can’t Be Friends”, “I Invented Sex”, “Can’t Help But Wait”, and others.

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Chris Brown entered the arena surrounded by smoke and lasers, opening with “X”, the title track off his latest album. From there, Breezy unleashed a barrage of big songs. The crowd exploded and sang along to “Wall To Wall”, “Run It!”, “Look at Me Now”, and “Take You Down” among others. Brown dazzled fans with his signature dance moves that accompanied his high-octane hits. He is still touring in support of his latest album X which had a strong #2 debut on the Billboard Top 200 back in September.

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In the middle of the show, Chris Brown and Trey Songz gave the crowd an intimate experience that made the tour live up to its name. Chris and Trey took turns dropping songs that simply oozed sexuality. Songz performed the likes of “Neighbors Know My Name”, “Panty Dropper”, and “Dive In” while Brown sang “No Bulls**t”, “Don’t Judge Me”, “Songs on 12 Play”, and others. Their back-and-forth set was unique and a great treat for the fans. Afterwards, some were so hot and bothered that bras and panties began to fly from the crowd onto the stage.

After their collaborative sing-off, Songz returned to the stage for another solo stint that included performances of “Heart Attack”, “I Need a Girl”, “Bottoms Up”, and others. Brown would then come back to close out the evening, kicking off the encore with his megahit “Fine China”. Tyga would join Breezy for the final two songs of the night – “Ayo”, a cut from the duo’s new album that got off the presses just over 24 hours ago, and “Loyal”, a duet from Brown’s latest studio effort.

Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Tyga put together an impressive tour package. Their resumes speak for themselves, but the trio delivered on stage. The Between The Sheets Tour is a sexy, energetic evening not to be missed.

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New Album On The Way From Mumford & Sons

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(PCM) As a perfect way to start our Monday morning, we have received the news that Mumford & Sons are gearing up to release a new album titled “Wilder Mind”. The new album will be released in North America via Glassnote Records on May 4th!

Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine) the upcoming album will feature 12 brand new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn and Texas.

This new album marks a significant departure for the young British band from their previous records, 2009’s “Sigh No More”, and 2012’s “Babel”. The early sessions in New York and London witnessed a change in the band’s approach not just to writing and recording, but to texture and dynamics, too. There is a minimalist yet panoramic feel to the new album, whose sound Marcus Mumford describes as “a development, not a departure.” It came about by both accident, and by conscious decision.

“Towards the end of the Babel tour, we’d always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum,” says Marcus Mumford. “And demoing with Aaron meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn’t going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn’t say: ‘No acoustic instruments.’ But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn’t changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It’s as simple as that.”

“It felt completely natural, though,” says Ben Lovett, “like it did when we started out. It was very much a case of, if someone was playing an electric guitar, drums were going to complement that best; and, sonically, it then made sense to add a synth or an organ. We chose instruments that played well off each other, rather than consciously trying to overhaul it.”

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Wilder Mind Tracklisting:

1. Tompkins Square Park

2. Believe

3. The Wolf

4. Wilder Mind

5. Just Smoke

6. Monster

7. Snake Eyes

8. Broad-Shouldered Beasts

9. Cold Arms

10. Ditmas

11. Only Love

12. Hot Gates

The album will be available for pre-order through the band’s official website!

In support of Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons are very pleased to announce the first details and line-ups for their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers.

Each Stopover is a two-day event that combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world-class music festival. Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday shows, alongside an eclectic and energetic roster of artists curated by the band themselves. A series of smaller events involving local businesses, venues, and, most importantly, local people will happen in and around the town.

About this year’s upcoming Stopover tour, Mumford & Sons said: “The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer.”

Like 2012 and 2013, these outdoor events will take place in carefully selected and unique locations internationally, and will feature a host of acclaimed acts including Foo Fighters, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, and many others, including more to be announced. This year’s host towns include Seaside Heights, NJ; Waverly, IA; Walla Walla, WA; and Salida, CO.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 am local time on March 6th from www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/tickets. Please visit the website for all ticket details.

Mumford & Sons recently announced headline performances at this year’s Bonnaroo, Squamish, Reading & Leeds Festivals, Open’er Festival, Bilbao BBK Live, and Nos Alive Festival.

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Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA

June 5th + 6th – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Waverly, Iowa, USA

June 19th + 20th – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, The Very Best, Rubblebucket, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Aviemore, Scotland, UK

July 31st + August 1st – Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Howard, Lianne La Havas, The Maccabees, Jack Garratt, Honeyblood + more TBA

Walla Walla, Washington, USA

August 14th + 15th – Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Salida, Colorado, USA

August 21st + 22nd – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Vaccines, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

More GOTR Stopovers to be announced soon …

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Death Metal Mary Poppins Is Perhaps The Greatest Thing We’ve Ever Seen!

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(PCM) YouTube remixer Andy Rehfeldt has done a truly extraordinary job putting together a death metal version of the classic tune Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from the classic Disney film “Mary Poppins”.

It is fantastic .. that is if you like that sort of thing! Thus far the video has over 900,000 views and counting! Let’s get it to a million!!

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