Set for release on September 10 through the band’s own label Venn Records (in partnership with [PIAS] Recordings), GALLOWS‘ third and self-titled album proves that their reputation as the U.K.’s most notorious and exciting punk band will not be changing any time soon. Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by long-term friends Thomas Mitchener and Steve Sears at Broadfields Studio in Watford in May this year, it is, say the band “our statement of intent, our laugh in the face of those who said GALLOWS were done when in reality we’re just warming up,” they continue. “We couldn’t feel more vindicated and proud.”
One of the album’s many standout tracks, “Outsider Art”, will be released as a single on October 1. The song’s official video can be seen below.
“I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life getting lost on the road,” explains frontman Wade MacNeil. “There’s some dark stories to tell. ‘Outsider Art’ is just one of them.”
A classic GALLOWS track through and through, it retains all of the band’s power and aggression but at the same time leaves their ability to pen a distinctive melody intact.
A special edition version of the album will also include a DVD documentary that provides a fascinating and often hilarious insight into the world of GALLOWS over the last few months.
GALLOWS has also announced that it will play a special record release launch at The Fighting Cocks in Kingston on September 9 and has added a second night to The Underworld in Camden, now playing on both October 19 and October 20.
“Gallows” track listing:
01. Victim Culture
02. Everybody Loves You (When You’re Dead)
03. Last June
04. Outsider Art
05. Vapid Adolescent Blues
– Never Enough –
10. Cult Of Mary
11. Cross Of Lorraine
GALLOWS is a band that needs little introduction. Described, variously, as “the best British punk band since THE CLASH” and “the British music industry’s biggest mistake,” the Hertfordshire hardcore crew first emerged from the fecund U.K. underground punk scene in 2005. Inspired by REFUSED, AT THE DRIVE-IN, JR Ewing and Swing Kids, their ferocious, feral 2006 debut, “Orchestra Of Wolves”, offered a harsh, unflinching dissection of suffocating suburban mores, shot through with images of small-town violence, desperation and disgust. Its follow-up, 2009’s apocalyptic “Grey Britain”, was darker, denser and even more brutally incisive, a lacerating, none-more-bleak state of the nation address, speaking of a once-proud nation on its knees, riven by prejudice, greed, ignorance and fear. December 2011’s “Death Is Birth” EP heralded the arrival of a new GALLOWS: united, uncompromised, unfettered, unbroken. With old friend (and former ALEXISONFIRE guitarist) Wade MacNeil installed as the band’s new frontman, the seven-inch EP was a defiant declaration of independence, 459 seconds of apoplectic punk rock fury landing like an adrenaline spike to the heart.
Wade MacNeil (vocals)
Lee Barratt (drums)
Stephen Carter (guitar)
Laurent Barnard (guitar)
Stuart Gili-Ross (bass)