Gallows’ Wade MacNeil: ‘There’s a lot of people rooting for me and a lot of people against me’

New man also says his band have big expectations for their third studio album

Wade MacNeil, new frontman in Gallows, has spoken out about the reaction he’s been getting since he replaced Frank Carter as the band’s singer.

Carter quit the Watford punks in July last year and was replaced by MacNeil, who was formerly lead guitarist in Canadian hardcore band Alexisonfire.

Speaking to Front, MacNeil said that though he was aware he’d been well received by some Gallows fans, there were a lot who would simply not accept anyone else as the band’s new frontman, especially in the UK .


He said of this: “There’s a lot of people that are rooting for me in the UK and they’re a lot of people who against me. I’m excited to shove it down their throats.”

MacNeil also spoke about the band’s plans for their third studio album and said that the release of their new EP ‘Death Is Birth’ should not be seen as an indicator of what’s coming next.

He said: “In the next year I want to put out a record that we’ll still be proud of in 2030. I think that it’s that strive to do something that’s a nod to the past, looking at the music that inspires you, but still doing something new, pushing punk and hardcore. The EP is an eight-minute burst of violence and that’s what we wanted to do. We didn’t over think it, we just put it out. As we write this next record, we’ll push to really challenge ourselves.”

You can watch the video for Gallows‘ latest single ‘Mondo Chaos’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Meanwhile, former Gallows singer Frank Carter’s new band Pure Love play their first ever live show as part of the 2012 NME Awards Shows, headlining London’s Bush Hall on February 14, with support coming from Foe and Binary.

Marina And The Diamonds, The Drums and Slow Club will all play one-off shows as part of the 2012 NME Awards Shows.


Kurt Vile, Totally Enourmous Extinct Dinosaurs, The Big Pink, Alabama Shakes and tUnE-yArDs will also all play gigs in February as part of the build-up to the NME Awards.

The full list of gigs is as follows:

Charli XCX, Lexington (8)
Slow Club, Heaven (9)
The Black Keys, Alexandra Palace (11)
Pure Love, Bush Hall (14)
Band Of Skulls, XOYO (15)
Tune-Yards, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (15)
Totally Enourmous Extinct Dinosaurs, Heaven (16)
The Big Pink, Garage (20)
Kurt Vile, Koko (21)
Alabama Shakes, Boston Arms (22)
The Jezebels, Koko (22)
Oh Land, Heaven (23)
Little Dragon, Forum (24)
S.C.U.M, Bush Hall (24)
Marina And The Diamonds, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (26)
The Drums, Roundhouse (27)
The Cribs, ULU (28)

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