What can I say, the hype about these are true. If you like your punk hard,
inaudible and just plain old school, then the Gallows are what you have been waiting for. Support from the Cancer Bats is also a good choice, with the Canadian band doing every as a punk band would.
Loud, thrashing guitars, a constantly moving singer and just raw energy flow from this band. Having just played Download with the Gallows, sure this will be a promotional tour, but when you get songs like ‘Grenades’, '100 Grand Canyon’, ‘Butterscotch’ and ‘Downpour’ it’s easy to see that punk isn’t dead, you have to search it out and not rely on high end press to wait until it’s in fashion. Singer Liam Cormier is like he is on a spring, bouncing off the stage and throwing his head down to scream into the mic (and the crowd’s faces).
Now then, you may have heard but these Watford punks don’t like any shit. I
would not dispute that they are as hard as they act (not look, the tattoos
don’t fool me and they are only thin lads), singer Frank Carter especially.
With that stare straight from Johnny Rotten’s eyes and drawn face, he could
well be punk’s new anti-hero. When he asks the crowd to help sing Happy
Birthday to a crew member, he is met with the now obligatory chorus of
“Yorkshire! Yorkshire!”. His answer? That he has had a cup of Yorkshire tea with Yorkshire water, and that it’s the best he has had.
The crowd are also pleased by statements that we are better than Sheffield,
where they played last night. Much of the set is made up of requests, like
‘In The Belly Of A Shark’, although it is a very short set (with no encore) of just over half an hour. Still the roof is raised, Carter ending the set having crowd surfed from the speaker stack on stage to the bar at the side,
where he still promotes circle pits and general bruising activities.
Songs tonight include ‘Six Years’, ‘Sick Of Feeling Sick'', and ‘Come Friendly Bombs’. ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’ and ‘Abandon Ship’ are two songs that the crowd really go mad for, and I don’t think the crowd or the venue could have taken much more of the Gallows!
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article by: Danielle Millea
photos by: Danielle Millea
| published: 13/06/2007 16:33|