Explosive rock band Gallows come to Gloucester Guildhall as part of a five-date tour.
Gallows were the first UK hardcore punk band to be given a multi-million pound record deal with a major label, owed in part to lead singer Frank Carter’s ferocious live presence. Hold the fake angst and emotional theatrics of other similar bands, Gallows are the real deal, their lyrics stemming from Carter’s deeply artistic instincts, often troubling philosophies and deep-seated anger. With his unembarrassed sense of Englishness he cites Iain Banks, Roald Dahl and Shakespeare among his influences, his dark, sophisticated sense of language adding an extra dimension to the band’s songs.
Carter and guitarist Laurant Bernard met in 2005 through the then-flourishing DIY gig scene around Watford. Both hating the casual weekend violence of the town they formed Gallows and started their rise through the rock ranks. Just a year later they released their debut album, Orchestra of Wolves, their second single, In the Belly of a Shark, going on to be featured on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and third single, a cover of The Ruts’ Staring at the Rude Boys, featuring Lethal Bizzle, was featured in the Jim Carey film Yes Man. The band’s second album, Grey Britain, followed in May 2009, packed full of the same lo-fi DIY punk brimming with raw enthusiasm and urgency as the first album, just with a bigger budget, more musical focus and double the anarchy.
Previously appearing at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, and Soundwave, as well as supporting Rage Against The Machine’s victory parade in Finsbury Park in 2010, Gallows have recently been confirmed for this year’s Sonisphere.
Their unique sound has been described as like fusing the Sex Pistols with metalcore, only twice as energetic and aggressive. Gallows are the most vibrant and intense punk band in the UK; a snarly riveting slice of British punk rock not to be missed.
Monday 11th July // Tickets £13 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14s