Frank Carter, the singer of Hertfordshire, U.K. hardcore punk rock heroes GALLOWS, has announced his departure from the band due to musical differences. However, he will remain with the group until the end of August in order to fulfill all of GALLOWS' current touring commitments.
Commented Frank: "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 six 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."
Frank's brother and GALLOWS guitarist Stephan Carter added: "As you all know, we've been in the studio for the past few months working on a follow-up to [GALLOWS ' sophomore album] '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, and will always be, our brother, as well as an integral part of the start of our career."
Stated GALLOWS guitarist Laurent Barnard: "These final shows with Frank are a celebration of what we created together.
"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."
GALLOWS' second full-length album and first for Sire in the USA, entitled "Grey Britain", was released on May 5, 2009. The 13 thematically-linked-song-strong album was recorded at London's RAK studios with producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (RISE AGAINST, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) and was described as even more bloody, brutal and pissed off than the band's critically acclaimed 2006 debut, "Orchestra Of Wolves".