Watford punks tell NME that the guitarist's departure had been on the cards for a while
Gallows made their UK debut as a four-piece last night (April 19) as they headlined the final night in Converse’s ‘Get Dirty’ series at the 100 Club in London.
The band announced the departure of guitarist Steph Carter, brother of former singer Frank, just before they headed out to Australia to play Soundwave Festival and told NME before the show that as far as they were concerned, Carter’s departure hadn’t had any effect on them.
Asked how Carter’s departure had affected the band, guitarist Laurent ‘Lags’ Barnard said: “It’s not been that different to be honest, before Steph joined the band we were a four. All the songs were written on one guitar, we’ve just had to go back to basics. To me that’s when things sound the best, when things get crazy and complicated.’”
Then asked if they had adjusted to Carter not being onstage with them anymore, bassist Stuart Gili-Ross said: “It was coming for a while. Steph hasn’t been happy in the band and he wanted to do his own thing. For a while, it’s been us four hanging out, so it’s no big shock.”
Singer Wade McNeil added: “I think anybody who has seen us play in the last year would have identified that he didn’t want to be there.”
Asked if any new material was on the horizon, Gili-Ross added: “We just kind of write until we feel like we’ve got shit off our chest, whether that turns into an album or a seven-inch single, that’s what we’ll put out. We run our own record label now and what we feel is the best material, whether that’s 12 amazing songs or two amazing songs, that’s what we’ll put out.”
Gallows then played a set that lasted for just shy of an hour, Kicking off with ‘Victim Culture’, the opening track from their self-titled third album.
As well as fan favourites ‘Leeches’, ‘Abandon Ship’ and ‘Misery’, the band also dropped two tracks from their 2011 EP ‘Death Is Birth’ as part of their 13-song set.
During the set, singer McNeil told the crowd how honoured the band were to be part of the ‘Get Dirty’ series and how they knew the venue meant to British musical history. He told the crowd: “The Damned, The Pistols, The Clash, just about every band that’s worthwhile has played here. Somehow this place didn’t get torn down, so to be able to stand on this stage, it’s a fucking piece of history. It’s such an honour.”
Gallows closed their set with a cover of Sham 69’s ‘Borstal Breakout’ before launching into their customary closer ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’, which ended with a mass stage invasion.
‘In The Belly Of a Shark’
‘Cross Of Lorraine’
‘Orchestra Of Wolves’