Pure Love (band)

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Pure Love
Vocalist Frank Carter performing in 2017.
Vocalist Frank Carter performing in 2017.
Background information
OriginLondon, UK and Brooklyn, New York, US
GenresAlternative rock, hard rock
Years active2011–2014
LabelsVertigo,[1] Mercury[2]
Associated actsGallows, The Hope Conspiracy, The Suicide File, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Past membersFrank Carter
Jim Carroll

Pure Love was an English-American rock band formed in 2011 by former Gallows frontman Frank Carter and ex-The Hope Conspiracy and Suicide File guitarist Jim Carroll, after Carter's departure from Gallows due to "creative differences".[3] The band's musical style was a marked change from the hardcore punk backgrounds of the members.


Frank Carter had made his name in the punk scene with the Hemel Hempstead/Watford-based band Gallows, who were known for their intense live shows. On the back of their success with debut album Orchestra of Wolves, the band signed a £1 million deal with Warner Bros. The deal lasted only 18 months before they were dropped, releasing just one album on the label: 2009's Grey Britain.[4] Carter played his last show with Gallows in August 2011. Jim Carroll had played in numerous bands in his career, notably with The Hope Conspiracy and short-lived hardcore band The Suicide File.

Pure Love was formed in July 2011 after Frank Carter announced his departure from Gallows, with a "teaser" track posted that same month.[5] On February 14, 2012, Pure Love played their first show at Bush Hall in London, during the NME Awards.[6] An album is being recorded with Gil Norton producing.[7] and is slated for a February 2013 release. The début single from the band, "Bury My Bones", was premièred on BBC Radio 1's Rock Show on April 24, 2012 and was made available for a free download.[8] The next single, "Handsome Devils Club", was released at the end of May.[9] A picture posted by the band on Instagram shows 11 track titles for the upcoming album: "Riot", "Beach of Diamonds", "The Hits", "Burning Love", "Handsome Devils Club", "March of Pilgrims", "Anthem", "Scared to Death", "Heavy Chains", "She", and "Bury My Bones".[10] On February 7, 2014, the band announced, via Twitter, that they were going on an indefinite hiatus after some farewell shows in May.[11] On April 16, 2014, The Bunny EP was released digitally on Bandcamp along with a Facebook message reading 'Today seems like a good day for some new music. Here are the last 3 songs we ever recorded!'.

Carter would go on to form Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, while Carroll would go on to play with American Nightmare and side project Spiral Heads with MGMT's Simon "Doom" O'Connor.


Studio albums
Extended plays
  • The Bunny (2014)
  • "Bury My Bones" (2012)
  • "Handsome Devils' Club" (2012)
  • "Riot Song" (2012)
  • "Beach of Diamonds" (2012)


  1. ^ "Pure Love (Frank Carter, Ex-Gallows) Signs To Vertigo Records + Announce London Show". Alter the Press!. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Music video by Pure Love performing Bury My Bones. (C) 2012 Mercury Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited". PureLoveVevo. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Frank Cater leaves Gallows". Alter the Press!. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Gallows' great rock'n'roll swindle". The Guardian. January 6, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "Gallows' Frank Carter posts first music with new project Pure Love online". NME. July 11, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Frank Carter's new band Pure Love play debut gig at NME Awards Show in London". NME. February 15, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "Pure Love (Frank Carter of Gallows) to record debut with Foo Fighters producer". Punknews.org. February 9, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Free Download from Pure Love - Bury My Bones". Pure Love. April 24, 2012. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  9. ^ "Music video of Pure Love performing Handsome Devils Club". PureLoveVevo. May 30, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  10. ^ "This is what a finished record looks like". Pure Love on Instagram. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]

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