Gallows launch new single with River Thames boat party

The band follow in the footsteps of the Sex Pistols

Gallows launched their new single with a chaotic boat party in London‘s River Thames last night (June 5).

Almost 30 years to the day since the Sex Pistols played their legendary Silver Jubilee show, London‘s modern day keepers of the punk flame played aboard moored party boat at The Yacht Club to launch their single ‘Abandon Ship’.

The show was chaotic from the outset, with Frank Carter surfing all the way to the back of the crowded as soon as they opened the show with the single, before tearing through their cover of Black Flag‘s ‘Nervous Breakdown’.

As well as shouting out to his family who were in attendance, Carter dedicated the closing ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’ to Australian punks The Scare, also onboard.

But speaking to NME.COM after the show, Carter was quick to play down comparisons with the Pistols.

He said: “It’s weird because I knew (the anniversary) was coming up, I didn’t know exactly when. I thought it was on the fourth, I thought we just missed it. But I wanna get away from all the Sex Pistols malarkey. I didn’t even fucking like the Sex Pistols, but they did what they did and they did a good thing for punk so at the same time, back then that’s all anybody really knew.”

And despite the refined surroundings Gallows managed to pull of a typically raucous performance. “It was just like being back in the day, it was always like that when we started playing originally. People falling into the drums and people turning your guitars out of tune if they don’t like you, that’s what it was like. I liked it tonight. Elbows and knees, get the fuck out of my way!”

But Carter remains wary of the ‘industry’ nature of the party. “There were a lot of suits here who were like ‘this isn’t my sort of thing’, which is cool because they’re paying for it. So fuck them!”

The set was:

‘Abandon Ship’

‘Nervous Breakdown’

‘In The Belly Of A Shark’

‘Sick Of Feeling Sick’

‘Come Friendly Bombs’

‘Will Someone Shoot That Fucking Snake?’

‘Just Because You Sleep Next To Me Doesn’t Mean You Are Safe’

‘Orchestra Of Wolves’