Last updated: 08/02/2009 12:00:00 PM
Gallows are a hardcore punk band from Hertfordshire, England, formed in 2005. They consist of Frank Carter (vocals), Stephen Carter (guitar), Stuart Gili-Ross (bass), Laurent Barnard (guitar), and Lee Barratt (drums). They were signed to Warner Bros. Records but were subsequently dropped by the label after only selling 50 000 copies of their second studio album worldwide.
Gallows released their debut album, Orchestra Of Wolves, in 2006. It was distributed in the United States by independent label Epitaph in 2007. Epitaph founder and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz called it the best hardcore album since Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come. In January 2008, the band’s show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California was canceled after Disney chose to ban them from performing—reportedly after listening to Orchestra of Wolves.
A second album by Gallows was first hinted by vocalist Frank Carter during an interview with NME, where he stated that because Gallows was “a hobby I get paid for,” the band would likely be defunct by 2010. However, he confirmed that during this period, the band would record up to two additional albums.
Gallows released their major label debut, Grey Britain, on May 2, 2009. It was recorded by Garth Richardson. It debuted at #20 in the UK album chart. Frank Carter explained the premise of the album in an interview with Kerrang!: “Britain is fucked. Grey Britain is all about what’s going on socially, politically and economically in the UK and how it affects us.”
Upon its release, Grey Britain garnered almost unanimous praise from critics. Drowned in Sound commented that “the music rockets from intentionally rudimentary knuckle-whiteners to ambitious-of-design affairs that reconfigure one’s opinions on a band previously seen as a straight-up hardcore act.” The Guardian called the album “a recipe for depression, frustration and anger, as a whole generation has been brought up in a materialistic, consumerist world that has now receded out of reach.”
Since forming the band in 2005 we have destroyed stages with the likes of JR Ewing, The Explosion, The Suicide File, Lifetime, Fucked Up, This Is Hell, Mastodon, Jamie T, Against Me, Boris, Amy Winehouse, The MC5, November Coming Fire, New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, Sparta, The Sleeping, Lagwagon, MXPX, Me Without You, Senses Fail, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Motion City Soundtrack, Bring Me The Horizon, Send More Paramedics, The Plight, D-Rail, The Automatic, Saosin, Adam Lazzara (Taking Back Sunday), Silent Drive, The Hunt For Ida Wave, Beecher, Architects, The Nothing, The Juliana Theory, Haste The Day, Adequate 7, Cry For Silence, Captain Everything, The Break In, Azriel, 33, Brigade, Fastlane, Calico System, Latterman, Down To Nothing, Meet Me In St Louis, Bossk, Take The Crown, Blessed By A Broken Heart, Flood Of Red, From Grace, Badly Drawn Boy, Clone The Fragile, Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Stout, The Blackout, Narcosis, Mistress, Good Clean Fun, Jealous, The Steal, Vultures, The Cover-Up, Kids In Glass Houses, Chaos Days plus many more bands (including Papa Roach!). In 2010 they were one of the opening acts of the Rage Against The Machine European tour.