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Gallows comment on Frank Carter split

By | Published on Monday 24 October 2011


Gallows guitarists Steph Carter and Laurent ‘Lags’ Barnard have been talking about why the band parted company with the former’s brother Frank, explaining that their former frontman wanted them to become a more straight-up rock act. As previously reported, Frank has now been replaced by Wade MacNeil, previously of Canadian hardcore band Alexisonfire, and the band are now touring for the first time with the new line-up.

Speaking to Alternative Press, Steph Carter said: “While Frank was in Brooklyn, we’d all been in studio [back in London] working on new material. We were all really happy with the direction it was going, but Frank wanted a change in direction. He wanted something that took us to the next step of being a big, successful, straight-up rock band, like Queens Of The Stone Age. The rest of us weren’t ready for that. It was infuriating, because we’d written loads of songs, but until we had vocals on them, we couldn’t really get a sense of what the songs actually were”.

Barnard added: “I just wanted to make another Gallows record. I’m all for the sound progressing, but only if it happens naturally, I’m not into the idea of going: ‘We’re going to make this kind of music now’. When there’s five people in a band, one person shouldn’t be able to dictate what everybody else does”.

Gallows will play their first UK show with their new vocalist on 13 Dec at London’s XOYO. Meanwhile Frank Carter is working on new material with his new band Pure Love.