ABC, Glasgow, Sat 23 Feb
If you’re under the misapprehension British rock was in trouble you obviously haven’t heard Gallows, the most exciting band Britain has to offer at the moment, a snarling feral injection of true hardcore and raw punk energy. Frontman Frank Carter is a ball of rage who explodes on contact with the stage, also grabbing an unlikely top spot on NME’s 2007 Cool List.
The band have been gigging non-stop since their phenomenal debut, Orchestra of Wolves was released last year. It’s a record that packs a visceral punch on tracks like ‘In the Belly of a Shark’ and ‘Abandon Ship’. However, it was their team-up with Lethal Bizzle for a cover of The Ruts’ ‘Staring at the Rude Bois’ that got them the most mainstream attention.
‘We’re not a commercial-sounding band, we never wanted mainstream success, we did it for ourselves,’ explains guitarist Laurent Barnard. ‘We’ve made a really aggressive record, but even if they don’t like the music, people have been coming down to the shows and saying: “That’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen”, or “the best show I’ve ever seen.” We give it 200% every night and they appreciate that. We bleed for our art, literally.’
It’s a wild show with Carter at the epicentre of a maelstrom of bodies as buzzsaw guitars reverberate around the arena. ‘The music drives us, the crowd drives us and if the crowd don’t give a fuck that drives us even more cause we can show them what we’re about,’ says Barnard. ‘Being on stage is a release from all the shit that’s pissing you off. You get wound up and when you’re on that stage you can get all that aggression out.’