Wade MacNeil

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Wade MacNeil
MacNeil in 2008 with Black Lungs
Background information
Birth name Wade MacNeil
Born (1984-05-05) May 5, 1984 (age 32)
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
Years active 2001–present
Labels Distort Entertainment, Dine Alone
Associated acts Gallows, Alexisonfire, Black Lungs
Notable instruments
Gibson Marauder
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson SG Standard

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 one of the guitarists, vocalists and 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 Grey Wolf" by The Banner.

MacNeil is also the evening announcer on CFNY-FM (102.1 the Edge) Toronto.

Music career[edit]

With Alexisonfire[edit]

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",[1] 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.[2] 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.[1]

With Gallows[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.


MacNeil in 2011 with Gallows.
  • 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)


  1. ^ a b Added: August 8th, 2004 Author: urbn Category: Interviews (2004-08-08). "Interview with punk band alexisonfire". Truepunk.Com. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  2. ^ Added: Sep 28, 2010 Author: Apple Category: Interviews (2010-09-28). "That Was Our Meticulous Plan". https://itunes.apple.com/. Retrieved 2012-08-19.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Frank Carter to quit Gallows". NME. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Annie Zaleski (9 August 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Wade MacNeil on becoming Gallows' new singer". Alternative Press. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Alex Hudson (14 November 2011). "Gallows Unveil 'Death Is Birth' EP". Exclaim! Magazine. Retrieved 18 June 2012.