Frank Carter's new band Pure Love play debut gig at NME Awards Show in London

Former Gallows man begins 'new era' at capital's Bush Hall

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Former Gallows singer Frank Carter played his debut gig with his new band Pure Love in London last night (February 14).

The frontman declared that the gig was the start of a "new era" for him after taking to the stage at Bush Hall, where they played a 12-song set.

It was the first chance for fans to hear any of the material from the band, who have kept their songs under wraps since forming last year.

While many of the songs had a notably more melodic sound than Gallows, tunes such as 'Riot' proved Carter has not left punk behind completely.

"Guess what? I learned how to sing, didn't I," he told the crowd at one point, underlining the shift in direction, before 'The Handsome Devils Club' sparked a large circle pit among the crowd.

Pure Love played:

'She'
'Hits'
'Bury My Bones'
'Anthem'
'Beach Of Diamonds'
'Heavy Kind Of Chain'
'Riot'
'Burning Love'
'Scared To Death'
'The Handsome Devils Club'
'Pilgrims'


To read an exclusive interview with Pure Love, where they talk about their plans for an assault on the charts, pick up this week's issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now or available digitally.

And for a full report on last night's gig – including all the backstage action and interviews – pick up next week's issue of NME, which hits newsstands on February 22.

The NME Awards Shows continue tonight with two gigs – Band Of Skulls headlining London's XOYO with support from Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr and The Statik Jacks, and Tuneyards and Trailer Trash Tracys at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

The full list of gigs is then as follows:

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs/Willy Moon, Heaven (February 16)
Cloud Control/We Are Augustines/Dog Is Dead/Citizens!, Electric Ballroom (17)
The Big Pink/Mozart Parties/Sissy And The Blisters, Garage (20)
Kurt Vile/Sonic Boom/Real Estate, KOKO (21)
Alabama Shakes/Jessie Ware, Boston Arms (22)
The Jezebels/Dry The River/Kai Fish/Hey Sholay, KOKO (22)
Oh Land/Alpines/Aluna George, Heaven (23)
Little Dragon, Forum (24)
SCUM/Big Deal/Toy, Bush Hall (24)
Marina And The Diamonds/Eugene McGuinness, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (26)
Zulu Winter/Oberhofer/Filthy Boy (27)
The Drums/Spector/Devin, Roundhouse (27)
The Cribs/Spectrals/This Many Boyfriends, ULU (28)


To check the availability of NME Awards Shows tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.

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