No-one ever said it was going to be easy. But nothing worth having comes without a fight. So you roll with the punches. You stay focussed, stay on point. Biding your time, until the time is right. Knowing that soon your day will come.
For Gallows, that time is now.
Described, variously, as 'The best British punk band since The Clash' and 'The British music industry's biggest mistake', the Hertfordshire hardcore crew first emerged from the fecund UK underground punk scene in 2005. Inspired by Refused, At The Drive-In, JR Ewing and Swing Kids, their ferocious, feral 2006 debut Orchestra Of Wolves offered a harsh, unflinching dissection of suffocating suburban mores, shot through with images of small-town violence, desperation and disgust. Its follow-up, 2009's apocalyptic Grey Britain, was darker, denser and even more brutally incisive, a lacerating, none-more-bleak state of the nation address, speaking of a once proud nation on its knees, riven by prejudice, greed, ignorance and fear.
December 2011's Death Is Birth EP heralded the arrival of a new Gallows: united, uncompromised, unfettered, unbroken. With old friend (and former Alexisonfire guitarist) Wade MacNeil installed as the band's new frontman after Frank Carters 2011 departure, the seven inch EP was a defiant declaration of independence, 459 seconds of apoplectic punk rock fury landing like an adrenaline spike to the heart. Its release signalled a new year zero for Gallows: Death... is just the beginning...
2012 saw the release of the bands self-titled third album. Recorded back home in Watford with long-time associates Thomas Mitchener and Steve Sears from Spycatcher. Released on the band's own Venn Records label, in partnership with [PIAS] Recordings. Commenting upon this fresh start, the band say: “For the last seven years we have trudged step by step through the dark sewers of music industry, shaking hands with snakes and signing contracts drafted by thieves with perfect teeth. We are happy to announce that we have become part of the problem...”
"We wanted complete independence, complete artistic freedom," says founding guitarist Laurent 'Lags' Barnard. "And we didn't want to compromise our sound. Gallows has always been about aggressive music and that's the music we're making. For the first time, everyone is contributing ideas, and there's a genuine sense of unity in the studio. It feels like we're a gang again: Gallows over everything."
"It's a new day for this band," adds Wade MacNeil. "Death Is Birth was a snapshot in time, our big 'Fuck Off' to everyone throwing negative shit at us, but now we're ready to write a record that builds on the legacy of Gallows while propelling us into the future. I think we can create something unique, something new and frightening."
"I used to think that I was born after my time," says Wade MacNeil. "I always felt that all the interesting moments in rock 'n' roll had passed, that I had missed out on all the fun. But once in a while a band comes along that reminds you that music isn't about perfection and precision, the right chords or the right look, that reminds you that it's the honesty and sweat and soul that's put into music that's important. That's what you hear when you listen to the best records, whether that's records by Black Flag and Dead Kennedys or by Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. And from the first time I heard Gallows, I knew this was one such band. I feel like I've been in this band all my life. And now we're ready to make a difference..."
Now in 2014 the band are a four piece, after the departure of Stephen Carter, the band are continuing to tour the world propelled by the very same things that brought them to the stage in the first instance - friendship, community and breathless, deathless punk rock, played from the fucking heart.