Gallows are a hardcore punk band from Watford, England. The band was formed in 2005 after the disbandment of founding member Laurent Barnard's previous band, My Dad Joe. Gallows' debut album, Orchestra of Wolves, was distributed in the United States by Epitaph Records, and they were subsequently signed to Warner Bros. Records for a £1 million album contract with up to three options, a deal they were dropped from after one album, Grey Britain. The band has been particularly successful in their native country, with three songs charting on the UK Single Charts, and have been featured in magazines such as Kerrang!, Alternative Press and Rolling Stone.
Formation and Orchestra of Wolves (2005-08)Gallows was founded in 2005 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.
Gallows' 2007 tour included stops at the South by Southwest showcase festival, Warped Tour 2007, Download Festival, Taste of Chaos 2007, and the Reading Festival, where lead singer Frank Carter received a tattoo onstage during the set from Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory.
The band won the 2007 Kerrang! Award for best British Newcomer.
Their song "In the Belly of a Shark" is featured in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Gallows' third single, a cover of The Ruts' "Staring at the Rude Bois", was their first UK top 40 single, appearing at number 31 on the chart on 25 November 2007. The song was featured in the 2008 Jim Carrey film Yes Man. The band in February released a 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.
thumb In January 2008, the band's show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California was cancelled after Disney, reportedly after listening to Orchestra of Wolves, chose to ban them from performing.
Gallows contributed a cover of "Wrathchild" to Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden.
On 18 August 2008, the band made available on their MySpace profile the song "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 (2008-11)On 5 December 2008, Thrash Hits revealed that the title of Gallows' second album would be Grey Britain. The album was released on 2 May 2009.
Gallows performed the entire 2009 Vans Warped Tour. Gallows will be supporting AFI on an American tour. In order to tour with AFI, Gallows postponed shows in Australia and New Zealand.
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