Ultimately this just proves that all Carter did in Gallows was sing
There’s something kind of ‘grown up’ about Frank Carter leaving his angry old band, Gallows, to form a less angry new band, Pure Love, with ex-Hope Conspiracy guitarist Jim Carroll. It’s “the band I’ve always wanted to be in”, Carter told NME last year. But WHY, Frank? It’s a good question, and one that he answers on the lead single from ‘Anthems’, ‘Bury My Bones’: “I’m so sick of singing about hate/It’s never gonna make a change”. He’s probably got a point. It’s a pity, then, that the album itself consists of 11 tracks of unimaginative pub rock that, at best, rips off The Darkness (‘Bury My Bones’ again), and at worst comes across like a bunch of teenagers in their first band who wrote the first dumb chorus that came to mind and stuck with it (“Dive in dive in, come on dive in/Sometimes you’ve got to throw caution to the wind”, from ‘Beach Of Diamonds’). Ultimately it just proves that all Carter did in Gallows was sing.