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Frank Carter Quits But Gallows To Continue
John Doran , July 9th, 2011 06:15

Frank Carter, the singer with punk rock outfit Gallows has announced he is leaving the band to form a new band PURE LOVE. Gallows will be completing all the dates they have booked with the original line-up until August, at which point Frank will depart.

Despite it apparently being that old stumbling, block musical differences, which has put the spanner in the works the band are at pains to point out the split is amicable. Frank made this statement: "It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce my departure from Gallows. It seems that Gallows have hit a crossroads in our writing process and unfortunately myself and the rest of the boys have different ideas regarding the sound of Gallows going forward. Gallows have decided they are going to continue on without me and I wish the boys the best of luck for the future. Gallows will be fulfilling all of our current touring plans until August 1st so please come down to a show and help me make each show a total celebration!

"This does not mean I am giving up on music. I have a new band called PURE LOVE which I have been working on with my brother Jim Carroll (Suicide File, Clouds, Hope Conspiracy) for a few months now. A lot of late nights in the studio have meant that we will be recording our debut album in September and then will hit the road later this year. I hope to see you all there.

"I want to say thank you to my brothers Stephen, Jonathan and Richard, my parents and the rest of the boys in Gallows for their support not only over the past few months, but the past 6 years. I also want to thank all the fans that helped us build Gallows into something I could really be proud of. Without you it would have meant nothing. Thank you all. Forwards ever, backwards never. Pure Love."

The rest of the band were keen to support Frank's view. His brother and guitarist in the band Stephan Carter added: “As you all know, we've been in the studio for the past few months working on a follow up to Grey Britain. It pains me to say that as of August 1st Frank will no longer be a member of Gallows. Creatively, we could not agree on a direction for the new record and came to the conclusion that parting ways was for the best. Frank will be releasing music with his new project "Pure Love" later this year and we all wish him best. He is & will always be our brother, as well as an integral part of the start of our career.

"These final shows with Frank are a celebration of what we created together,” continues guitarist Laurent Barnard. “Frank, Steph, Lee, Stu and myself are all entering the most exciting period of our careers since breaking in 2007. While we wish Frank the best of luck on his new adventure the rest of us in Gallows literally cannot wait to play you the new songs and announce who will be singing with us in the future. We realise Frank is a hard figure to replace so be assured that the decision to continue as a band has been one we've been deliberating over long and hard. We're extremely confident that we won't be letting anyone down when we drop the next record, especially not ourselves or the people who believe in us. Death is birth. Your ears have been warned."

You can catch the Gallows Mark One farewell shows at the following dates:

July 10 - Swansea, Sin City
July 11 - Gloucester, Guildhall
July 17 - Guilfest
July 22 - Cockermouth Festival
July 23 - ULU, London

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