Gallows are an English punk rock band from Hertfordshire, England, formed in 2005. Their debut album, Orchestra of Wolves was distributed in the United States by independent label Epitaph Records, and they were recently signed to Warner Bros. Records under an agreement netting them a £1 million album deal with up to three options.
Early Career (2005-2008)
Gallows formed in 2005 from the ashes of Laurent Barnard's previous pop punk band, My Dad Joe, and Stuart Gili-Ross from the recently defunct Winter In June and released their first album Orchestra of Wolves on In at the Deep End Records. The album caught the attention of Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz, who released it in the US on Epitaph Records, with new tracks including a cover of Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown". In an interview Gurewitz named Orchestra of Wolves as one of his favourite albums of 2007, praising it as being the best hardcore album since Refused's The Shape of Punk to Come.
Their 2007 tour included stops at the South by Southwest showcase festival, Warped Tour 2007, Download Festival, Taste of Chaos 2003, and the Reading Festival, where Frank Carter got tattooed live on-stage during the set by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory.
The band won the 2007 Kerrang! Award for best British Newcomer.
Their single "In The Belly of a Shark" appears on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
The bands third single, "Staring at the Rude Bois, Blud!", which was originally by The Ruts, provided Gallows with their first UK top 40 single, appearing at number 31 on the chart on the 25th November 2007. Additionally the song can be heard during the background of a bar scene in the 2008 film Yes Man starring Jim Carrey. The band in February released new single "Just Because You Sleep Next to Me Doesn't Mean You're Safe", the video for which was filmed at Emo's in Texas.
On August 18, 2008, the band made available on their MySpace profile a recently recorded song entitled "Gold Dust." It has been confirmed that the song will not appear on the band's second studio album, but that it is ". . . just a little treat for everyone that's been asking for new Gallows songs for a while."
Grey Britain (2008 onward)
Gallows has been confirmed to be performing the entire 2009 Van's Warped Tour beginning on June 26 and ending August 23. In addition, Gallows will be supporting AFI on their first American tour in support of their new album, Crash Love.
The band's first demo (2005) contains five tracks, and there are four versions of it; one in a card sleeve, with the art work spray-painted on by Frank and hand numbered out of 50, the other almost exactly the same, except numbered out of 30 and does not have the spray-painted cover. The third version featured the band's name in a spray-paint-like font on the front in a plastic wallet. The final version has different artwork (a drawn bug of some sort), and comes in a plastic wallet.
Paulo (formerly of My Dad Joe), not Steph, plays guitar on this record.
The demo was produced by Richard Williams, previously the guitarist in the now defunct St Albans-based hardcore band Flatline. The demo was re-issued by Holy Roar Records on 19 February 2007. It was released on white 7" vinyl, and is strictly limited to 500 copies. Although of the same title as the 2005 release, this print does not include the fifth track of the original release 'The Ballad Of...'.
There is also a rare test pressing of the Holy Roar Records version, limited to five copies. They have a white label on black vinyl, with 'side a' written on one side. Nothing else written on it at all. They come in a white card sleeve.
- Gallows/November Coming Fire Split 7"
|UK Singles Chart||UK Rock Chart||U.S. Hot 100||U.S. Modern Rock|
|2007||"Abandon Ship"||-||-||-||-||Orchestra of Wolves|
|"In the Belly of a Shark"||56||-||-||-|
|"Staring at the Rude Bois"||31||1||-||-|
|2008||"Just Because You Sleep Next to Me Doesn't Mean You're Safe"||-||-||-||-|
|2009||"The Vulture (Acts I & II)"||147||13||-||-||Grey Britain|
|"London Is The Reason"||-||-||-||-|
|"I Dread The Night"||-||-||-||-|
Biography from Wikipedia