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 2007, and the Reading Festival, where Frank Carter got tattooed live onstage during the set by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory.
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”, 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-present)
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.
In December 2009, Gallows was dropped by Warner Brothers.
Gallows played the Australian Soundwave Festival during late February and early March 2010.
Gallows played at the Soundwave Festival during late February and early March 2010. They performed on the second stage at the Warrior’s Dance Festival at the National Bowl on 24 July 2010, played at the 2010 UK Sonisphere Festival, as well as co-headlining Kent‘s Hevy Festival on 7 August 2010. They also played Reading and Leeds Festivals 2010 on the Lock Up stage under the pseudonym of The Rats.
On December 17th, 2010, the band played at Dingwalls, in Camden, London, during the afternoon, and performed the entire “Orchestra Of Wolves” album. In the evening, they then went onto Camden’s Electric Ballroom venue, and played “Grey Britain” in its entirety, with four members of The Heritage Orchestra. Both shows were recorded for a live DVD, and Frank Carter confirmed that they will be taking time off to record a new album in early 2011.
It has been announced that they will return to Sonisphere Festival in 2011, on the Saturn Stage.