Former Gallows frontman Frank Carter has opened up about his new band Pure Love and described it as “the band I’ve always wanted to be in”.
The band, who also feature former Hope Conspiracy guitarist Jim Carroll in their line-up, release their debut album ‘Anthems’ in October and have told NME what people can expect.
Speaking in a video which you can see by clicking above, Carter said: “We both decided that we didn’t want to play heavy music anymore. We’d both played punk music for a long time and we wanted to do something different. We had a wealth of music between us and we just wanted to play fun rock’n’roll music without any of the stress.”
Carroll added: “Everything came together pretty quickly, it wasn’t too stressful. It was all fun with a few long days.”
The singer then said that though he understood why people were upset that he’d left Gallows, he felt he “being as honest as he can be.”
He said of this: “This is as honest as I can be. This is where the real integrity lies. I know people are upset because they think I should by staying with that [Gallows], but, always from the beginning, I thought if I didn’t believe in something then I don’t want to be there.”
He continued: “That band was about honesty and integrity and once that’s gone all you’ve got is some punk songs. This is 100% what I want to do. I’ve put my blood, sweat and tears into this. This is the band I’ve always wanted to be in. I feel like I’m where I should. I feel happy with my place in music.”
When asked how the pair met, Carroll said that they initially met in Norwich when Gallows supported one of his old bands and they had reconnected at an All Pigs Must Die show.
Carter added: “We got talking and that was it. After that we were constantly trying to get it together, we couldn’t for a while, then we did. He sent me some songs, I put lyrics to them and the rest is history.”
Carter also said that he didn’t mind much whether people liked his new band or not, saying:
This is what I have to give you, if you like it, that’s great, if you don’t, go fuck yourself.
Pure Love have also recorded two exclusive live tracks for NME.COM, which you can see at the bottom of the page. The first, which is titled ‘Burning Love’, will appear on ‘Anthems’ and the other is a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s ‘The Snake Song’.
‘The Snake Song’