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MacNeil in 2008 with Black Lungs
|Birth name||Wade MacNeil|
|Born||May 5, 1984|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Genres||Hardcore punk, post-hardcore, alternative rock, folk punk, punk rock, goth rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter, radio DJ|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass|
|Labels||Distort Entertainment, Dine Alone|
|Associated acts||Gallows, Alexisonfire, Black Lungs|
Wade MacNeil (born May 5, 1984 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian musician currently active as the vocalist of the hardcore punk band Gallows, and the vocalist/guitarist/founder of the punk band Black Lungs. He is also the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, as well one of the founding members of the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire.
MacNeil has featured as a guest vocalist for songs by various other artists, including "St. Andrews" by Bedouin Soundclash, "Deathsmarch" by Cancer Bats (also appearing in the song's video), "Widower" by Johnny Truant, "The Gre(A)t Depression" by Anti-Flag and "She Upon the Black Wolf" by The Banner.
MacNeil was also the weekend afternoon announcer on CFNY-FM (102.1 the Edge) Toronto from November 2014 to August 2018.
MacNeil co-founded Alexisonfire in the fall of 2001 after being phoned by Dallas Green, who asked for MacNeil's assistance in getting Green's band at the time, Helicon Blue, some shows in the area. MacNeil, having just left the band "After the Hallowed Moment", had been jamming with drummer Jesse Ingelevics, and asked Green if he wanted to start a band with him. Green accepted, and the 3 jammed together, with both MacNeil and Green on guitar and vocals, which was later cited as the first Alexisonfire practice together. Chris Steele, who was an active member alongside MacNeil in the bands "Plan 9" and "After the Hallowed Moment", assumed the role of bass player. MacNeil recruited George Pettit, after having seen him perform as the bassist in the metal band Condemning Salem, a band which Pettit expressed great discontent in playing in.
Frank Carter the original vocalist of UK hardcore band Gallows announced in early July 2011 that he would be leaving Gallows because of differing opinions in writing the band follow-up album to their second release Grey Britain. His departure was effective on 1 August after the band's final tour dates. Just eight days after Frank's departure, on the 9 August 2011, MacNeil was confirmed as the new Gallows vocalist. MacNeil has stated that the members of Gallows asked him initially out of coincidence that Alexisonfire had disbanded and Gallows needed a new singer. The band completed a debut release with Wade, Death Is Birth, a four track extended play which was released on December 13 of that year. The ep was sold as a 7" vinyl record. A music video for True Colours was released and Mondo Chaos was released in a single format. Gallows have announced the release date of their eponymous third album to be 10 September 2012. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Spycatcher members Thomas Mitchener and Steve Sears at Watford's Broadfields Studio and will be released via the band's new label Venn Records in partnership with PIAS Recordings. The album will also be released and distributed in the United States through Bridge Nine Records. It is the first Gallows full-length to feature MacNeil on lead vocals and the second official release overall after 2011's Death Is Birth EP.
Wade is credited as a composer for Goon: Last of the Enforcers. After attending a Habs game with Jay Baruchel, Wade created songs for the film, that he describes as "to be all things that sound like you could turn up to 10 in an arena."
In 2018, Wade partnered with Andrew Gordon Macpherson to create the score for the film "The Ranger".
In video games
- Gibson Les Paul Junior
- Gibson Les Paul Studio
- Morris Amps (unknown model)
- Orange RockerVerb 100
- Marshall JCM2000 TSL100 head
- HiWatt (Warped Tour)
- Orange 4x12 cabinet
- Gibson Marauder in Vintage Green
- Gibson SG Standard in TobaccoBurst
- Gibson Les Paul Standard in Heritage Cherry (with open coil humbuckers)
- Schecter Corsair 6 TobaccoBurst
- Schecter S-1 Antique Ivory
- Gibson ES-335s (Various colours)
- Epiphone Sheraton (as seen in the video for Young Cardinals)
- Fender Jazzmaster (as seen in Alexisonfire's Reading 2015 set)
- Gibson Custom Flying V
- Added: August 8th, 2004 Author: urbn Category: Interviews (2004-08-08). "Interview with punk band alexisonfire". Truepunk.Com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
- Added: Sep 28, 2010 Author: Apple Category: Interviews (2010-09-28). "That Was Our Meticulous Plan". itunes.apple.com/. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
- "Frank Carter to quit Gallows". NME. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- Annie Zaleski (9 August 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Wade MacNeil on becoming Gallows' new singer". Alternative Press. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
- Alex Hudson (14 November 2011). "Gallows Unveil 'Death Is Birth' EP". Exclaim! Magazine. Retrieved 18 June 2012.