Gallows (band)

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Gallows
Gallows 2011-11-06 03.JPG
Left to right: Barnard, Gili-Ross, Barratt, MacNeil, and Carter in 2011
Background information
Origin Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Hardcore punk, post-hardcore
Years active 2005–present
Labels Holy Roar, In at the Deep End, Thirty Days of Night, Epitaph, Warner Bros, Venn, Bridge Nine
Associated acts Pure Love, Alexisonfire, Black Lungs, Spycatcher
Website gallows.co.uk
Members Laurent "Lags" Barnard
Stuart Gili-Ross
Lee Barratt
Wade MacNeil
Past members Frank Carter
Steph Carter
Paul Laventure

Gallows are a hardcore punk band from Watford, England. The band was formed in 2005 after the disbandment of founding member Laurent Barnard's previous band, My Dad Joe. Gallows' debut album, Orchestra of Wolves, was distributed in the United States by Epitaph Records, and they were subsequently signed to Warner Bros. Records for a £1 million album contract with up to three options, a deal they were dropped from after one album, Grey Britain.[1][2] The band has been particularly successful in their native country, with three songs charting on the UK Single Charts, and have been featured in magazines such as Kerrang!, Alternative Press and Rolling Stone.[3]

History[edit]

Formation and Orchestra of Wolves (2005-08)[edit]

Gallows was founded in 2005 [4] and released their first album, Orchestra of Wolves, on In at the Deep End Records. The album caught the attention of Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz, who released it in the US on Epitaph Records, with new tracks including a cover of Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown". In an interview Gurewitz named Orchestra of Wolves as one of his favourite albums of 2007, praising it as being the best hardcore album since Refused's The Shape of Punk to Come.

Gallows' 2007 tour included stops at the South by Southwest showcase festival, Warped Tour 2007, Download Festival, Taste of Chaos 2007, and the Reading Festival, where lead singer Frank Carter received a tattoo onstage during the set from Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory.

The band won the 2007 Kerrang! Award for best British Newcomer.[5]

Their song "In the Belly of a Shark" is featured in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Gallows' third single, a cover of The Ruts' "Staring at the Rude Bois", was their first UK top 40 single, appearing at number 31 on the chart on 25 November 2007. The song was featured in the 2008 Jim Carrey film Yes Man.[6] The band in February released a single, "Just Because You Sleep Next to Me Doesn't Mean You're Safe", the video for which was filmed at Emo's in Texas.[7]

Gallows in 2007, left to right: Gili-Ross, Barratt, Frank Carter, Steph Carter, and Barnard

In January 2008, the band's show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California was cancelled after Disney, reportedly after listening to Orchestra of Wolves, chose to ban them from performing.[8]

Gallows contributed a cover of "Wrathchild" to Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden.

On 18 August 2008, the band made available on their MySpace profile the song "Gold Dust." It has been confirmed that the song will not appear on the band's second studio album, but that it is "...just a little treat for everyone that's been asking for new Gallows songs for a while."[9]

Grey Britain (2008-11)[edit]

On 5 December 2008, Thrash Hits revealed that the title of Gallows' second album would be Grey Britain.[10] The album was released on 2 May 2009.

Gallows performed the entire 2009 Vans Warped Tour.[11][12] Gallows will be supporting AFI on an American tour.[13] In order to tour with AFI, Gallows postponed shows in Australia and New Zealand.[14][15]

In December 2009, Gallows mutually parted ways with Warner Brothers.[16]

On 6 June 2010, Gallows played at Rage Against The Machine's victory parade at Finsbury Park in London, UK. They supported Rage Against The Machine and Gogol Bordello at the O2 in Dublin on 7 June 2010.

Gallows played at the Soundwave Festival during late February and early March 2010. They performed on the second stage at the Warrior's Dance Festival at the National Bowl on 24 July 2010,[17] played at the 2010 UK Sonisphere Festival,[18] as well as co-headlining Kent's Hevy Festival on 7 August 2010.[19] They also played Reading and Leeds Festivals 2010 on the Lock Up stage under the pseudonym of The Rats.[20]

On 17 December 2010, the band played at Dingwalls, in Camden, London, during the afternoon, and performed the entire Orchestra Of Wolves album. In the evening, they then went onto Camden's Electric Ballroom venue, and played Grey Britain in its entirety, with four members of The Heritage Orchestra. Both shows were recorded for a live DVD.

Lineup change, Death Is Birth and self-titled third album (2011-present)[edit]

Wade MacNeil, formerly of Alexisonfire, replaced Frank Carter as Gallows' lead singer in 2011.

Frank Carter left Gallows in July 2011, issuing a statement that the band "have hit a crossroads in our writing process and unfortunately myself and the rest of the boys have different ideas regarding the sound of Gallows going forward. Gallows have decided they are going to continue on without me and I wish the boys the best of luck for the future."[21]

Frank's brother and bandmate Steph remarked: "As you all know, we've been in the studio for the past few months working on a follow up to Grey Britain. It pains me to say that as of 1 August Frank will no longer be a member of Gallows. Creatively, we could not agree on a direction for the new record and came to the conclusion that parting ways was for the best. Frank will be releasing music with his new project 'Pure Love' later this year and we all wish him best. He is and will always be our brother, as well as an integral part of the start of our career."[21] The band made their last festival appearance with Frank at the Sonisphere festival and he played his final show with Gallows at London ULU on 23 July 2011.[22]

Former Alexisonfire guitarist/vocalist Wade MacNeil replaced Carter as Gallows' singer in August 2011, shortly after Alexisonfire announced their disbandment.[23] The band's first recording with MacNeil, the 40-second "True Colours", was released as a free digital download.[24] The 4-song Death Is Birth EP, recorded in Los Angeles with The Bronx guitarist Joby Ford as producer, was released that December through Thirty Days of Night Records.

Gallows began recording their third album, and first with MacNeil, in April 2012.[25] They launched their own record label, Venn Records, through which to release it.[26] The eponymously titled Gallows was released 10 September 2012, and was distributed by Bridge Nine Records in North America.[27][28] In February 2013 the band announced that they would be continuing as a four-piece, with Steph Carter leaving to focus on his other band, Ghost Riders in the Sky.[29] At Reading Festival 2013, after performing a set with Pure Love in the neighbouring tent, Frank Carter crowdsurfed on stage and joined the band's performance of "Orchestra of Wolves".[30]

Members[edit]

Singer Frank Carter (left) and bassist Stuart Gili-Ross (right) in 2007
Current members
  • Laurent "Lags" Barnard – guitar, vocals (2005–present)
  • Stuart Gili-Ross – bass guitar, vocals (2005–present)
  • Lee Barratt – drums, percussion (2005–present)
  • Wade MacNeil – lead vocals (2011–present)
Former members
  • Paul Laventure – guitar, vocals (2005)
  • Frank Carter – lead vocals (2005–2011)
  • Steph Carter – guitar, vocals (2006–2013)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[3]
2006 Orchestra of Wolves
  • Released: 25 September 2006
  • Label: In at the Deep End
  • Format: LP, CD, download
57
2009 Grey Britain
  • Released: 2 May 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: LP, CD, download
20
2012 Gallows
  • Released: 10 September 2012
  • Label: Venn Records
  • Format: LP, CD, download
51

EPs[edit]

Year EP details
2007 Gallows / November Coming Fire
2011 Death Is Birth
  • Released: 5 December 2011
  • Label: Thirty Days of Night
  • Format: EP, download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[3]
2007 "Abandon Ship" Orchestra of Wolves
"In the Belly of a Shark" 56
"Staring at the Rude Bois" 31
2008 "Just Because You Sleep Next to Me Doesn't Mean You're Safe"
"Gold Dust" n/a
2009 "The Vulture (Acts I & II)" Grey Britain
"London Is the Reason"
"I Dread the Night"
"Misery"
2011 "True Colours" Death Is Birth
2012 "Last June" Gallows
2014 "Chains" "TBA" "—" denotes releases that did not chart.
"n/a" denotes singles that are not from albums.

Other appearances[edit]

The following Gallows songs were released on compilation albums. This is not an exhaustive list; songs that were first released on the band's albums, EPs, or singles are not included.

Year Release details Track(s)
2008 Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden
  • Released: 16 July 2008
  • Label: Kerrang!
  • Format: CD

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Album
2007 "Abandon Ship"[31] Orchestra of Wolves
"In the Belly of a Shark"[32]
"Staring at the Rude Bois"[33] n/a
2008 "Just Because You Sleep Next to Me Doesn't Mean You're Safe"[34] Orchestra of Wolves
2009 "The Vulture (Acts I & II)"[35] Adam Powell Grey Britain
"London Is the Reason"[36]
"I Dread the Night"[37]
"Misery"[38]
2011 "True Colours"[39] Death Is Birth
"Mondo Chaos"[40]
2012 "Last June"[41] The Marshall Darlings[42] Gallows
"Outsider Art"[43] Stuart Birchall
2013 "Cross of Lorraine"[44]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Punknews.org | Gallows working on new album
  2. ^ Punknews.org | Gallows dropped by Warner Bros. Records
  3. ^ a b c GALLOWS | Artist | Official Charts
  4. ^ Style 43 » Blog Archive » EXCLUSIVE GALLOWS INTERVIEW
  5. ^ Best British Newcomer | Kerrang Awards 2007
  6. ^ Staring At The Rude Bois Music Video featuring Lethal Bizzle.
  7. ^ warnermusic "J.B.Y.S.N.T.M.D.Y.S." music video
  8. ^ Music News - The latest music news and gossip from Yahoo! Music UK & Ireland
  9. ^ Gallows to release new track on MySpace
  10. ^ Gallows to name new album Grey Britain | Thrash Hits
  11. ^ Vans Warped Tour / 16 June – 5 August / Tickets On Sale Now
  12. ^ Ambrose, Anthony. tour-oceanport-719/ "inTuneMusic Online: Warped Tour @ Oceanport 7/19". Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  13. ^ Puget, Jade. "ShyBoysWin". Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  14. ^ Undertheradar » Music News » Gallows Postpone NZ Tour
  15. ^ Gallows Postpones New Zealand And Australian Tour - in Metal News ( Metal Underground.com )
  16. ^ Myers, Ben (6 January 2010). "Gallows' great rock'n'roll swindle". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  17. ^ Warriors Dance Festival
  18. ^ Sonisphere Announce 7 New Bands - Metal Hammer
  19. ^ The Hevy Music Festival — 3–6 August 2012
  20. ^ Gallows at Leeds Festival - The Lock Up Stage, Bramham Park[Live] | Altsounds.com Reviews
  21. ^ a b "Frank Carter to quit Gallows". NME. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  22. ^ James Gill (11 July 2011). "Frank Carter Announces Departure From Gallows". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  23. ^ Annie Zaleski (9 August 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Wade MacNeil on becoming Gallows’ new singer". Alternative Press. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  24. ^ Brock Thiessen (30 August 2011). "Gallows "True Colours"". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  25. ^ Gallows to begin recording full length next week | Punknews.org
  26. ^ Gallows to self-release new album | Punknews.org
  27. ^ Bridge Nine to release next Gallows album | Punknews.org
  28. ^ Rock Sound EXCLUSIVE: Gallows Confirm Album Title, Release Date And Tour! | News | Rock Sound
  29. ^ http://www.rocksound.tv/news/article/steph-carter-leaves-gallows-band-vow-to-continue-on
  30. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F11UrRRQ07Y
  31. ^ Abandon Ship - YouTube
  32. ^ Gallows - In The Belly Of A Shark - YouTube
  33. ^ Gallows - Staring At The Rude Bois - YouTube
  34. ^ Gallows - Just Because You Sleep Next To Me... - YouTube
  35. ^ The Vulture (Act II) - YouTube
  36. ^ Gallows - London Is The Reason - YouTube
  37. ^ Gallows - I Dread The Night - YouTube
  38. ^ Gallows - Misery - YouTube
  39. ^ Gallows - True Colours - YouTube
  40. ^ Gallows - Mondo Chaos - YouTube
  41. ^ Gallows - Last June - Youtube
  42. ^ "'Last June' music video directed by The Marshall Darlings". Vimeo. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  43. ^ Gallows - Outsider Art - Youtube
  44. ^ Gallows - Cross of Lorraine - YouTube

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