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The Thrash Hits Podcast 021: Hiring’n’Firing – Music Business 101

February 25th, 2013

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Following the week that saw Steph Carter leave Gallows, Dave Lombardo get kicked out of Slayer, and Adam Duce and Machine Head part ways, Raz and Hugh talk about the various bits of music industry politics that invariably accompany a band member leaving an established act. And then they do some awful word-association with the 49 new bands that were announced for Download Festival 2013. At least it’s over quickly.

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Thrash Hits TV: Gallows talk about Grey Britain

March 16th, 2009

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Recently, Thrash Hits went and had a chat with the UK’s finest punk rock exports, Gallows. We got it all on tape… well… a digital HD recorder or something. It’s technology.

It’s an interesting time for the Watford punks what with their second album, Grey Britain being released on a major label, a massive headline tour with Every Time I Die as main support and all the other crap that goes with one of the most in-the-spotlight bands in the country.

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Gallows showcase Grey Britain songs live in London at Watchmen event

March 9th, 2009

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It’s a funny setting under the arches near London Bridge tonight. The approach to the venue has smashed up cars and painted tow trucks along with a scattering of folk dressed to the nines, ready to see a movie that’s even more hyped than The Dark Knight was – Watchmen.

We turned up halfway through the film and had a drink or two in preparation for the mighty Gallows. You always seem to need some Dutch courage during their shows…

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Live: Gallows @ London Shoreditch Village Underground – 23 July 2008

July 25th, 2008

When Gallows announced a hastily-organised free gig in East London on one of the hottest days of the year, we made sure we were there. Raziq Rauf reports on the UK punks while Charley Staniforth gets the photos.

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After February’s Relentless energy drink-sponsored Educational Crusade UK tour, we all thought that would be the end of Gallows’ partnership with the fizzy ultra-pop but there’s always time for another one.

With temperatures reaching 30°C outside, you can imagine what it’s like inside the relatively unventilated railway arches space. It’s lucky there are high ceilings and enough free Relentless to get absolutely wired.

Indeed, several people are heard muttering about the drink being reclassified as a Class B drug. That’s a joke. It’s quite a pertinent joke as it goes because if you’re watching Gallows, you just don’t need any extra stimulants.

They simply are one of, if not the most invigorating and refreshing young British bands to have emerged since the turn of the century. This show just proved it again.

Frank Carter has always loved hamming his banter up onstage while he’s not in his natural state of charging around the stage like a feral tomcat. But that’s what you pay your money for. You want the extraordinary and Frank is a frontman in the truest sense. He’s a star.

Watch the live video to ‘Abandon Ship’, filmed at The 100 Club, London by Gallows

Within 30 seconds of alarmingly atrocious sound coming from the PA, the Watford punks cut the music. They stop to berate and eject and over-handy security guard. They know who’s important and it’s definitely not the 15 stone of meathead pushing their fans and friends around.

The joy of Gallows is that they’re not limited to a one-man party trick. Whilst Frank’s lunging and clambering into and over the crowd, the rest of the band remain onstage, rocking out in the more traditional sense.

Guitarists Lags Barnard and Steph Carter rule the lip of the stage with calls to arms and guitar wizardry from behind their heads. It’s a schtick they’ve performed since the start but why change when you’re so damn good at it?

A question that everyone’s been asking is whether the new stuff is actually going to be any good. It is. The smattering of new tunes on show tonight showcased an intelligence and desire to create huge songs whilst retaining all the danger.

With the new album being recorded in September with a view to release in early 2009, it’s definitely going to be something to keep an ear out for. If you think you ‘get’ Gallows, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Gallows @ London Shoreditch Village Underground photo gallery

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Album: Gallows – Orchestra Of Wolves

September 25th, 2006

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Orchestra Of Wolves
In At The Deep End Records
25 September 2006

by Raziq Rauf

This is surely the best thing to have come out of Watford since John Barnes. This is Gallows’ debut album and it is fucking brilliant.

Orchestra Of Wolves is an old-school punk rock-fuelled hardcore monstrosity that is topped off quite fantastically by Frank Carter’s unholy story-telling racket. Plus, it’s all quite unmistakeably British.

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