Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Most of the time, the schedulers at these festivals get it right. But whoever arranged for Gallows, CSS and Nine Inch Nails to be on at the same time as one another deserves locking in a room with Frank Carter, Trent Reznor and Lovefoxx at their angriest. Not that you need to get that close to Gallows to hear them. The self-titled world's loudest band can be heard loud and clear from a long way away, despite apparently turning the volume down.

One of the great things about Gallows, as a 17th century criminal never said, is that they have a fine sense of what punk is actually about. Their sense of history means that they know that the best and most successful punk bands of the 70s had a certain degree of musicality. Don't believe me? Go listen to the Pistols, the Damned, the Banshees or any other of the punk bands whose reputation endures today, then compare them to the bands who have rarely been heard of since. You see what I mean? Rhythm and melody - exactly what Gallows have in spades.

So, whilst it's scary to think that Carter might be getting this worked up, despite not taking anything stronger than a nice cup of tea, it is important to remember that the other four band members are just as vital as him. Without the understanding between them, the likes of "Abandon Ship" and "Will Someone Shoot That F*cking Snake" would not be the classics that they are here.


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