Frank Carter: LSI
Wade MacNeil: ???
The new Gallows singer is a former guitarist in one of Canada's biggest punk bands. Following their leader's surprise departure this month, Gallows have replaced Frank Carter with Wade MacNeil, from Ontario band Alexisonfire.
Notorious for Carter's snarling stage presence, famous for a (failed) £1m record deal, the British group scored a top 40 single in 2007. But despite the thrill of being banned from Disneyland, Carter revealed on 1 July that Gallows had "hit a crossroads". "Myself and the rest of the boys have different ideas regarding the sound of Gallows," he said. Carter is now pursuing his solo project, Pure Love.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Canada's best-known punk band was imploding. Founded in 2001, Alexisonfire released four albums: three of these cracked the Canadian top 10, while two went platinum. But on Monday, the band declared they were "parting ways". "Was the breakup amicable? Not really," wrote frontman George Pettit. "Was it necessary? Probably." He explained that singer-guitarist Dallas Green was too busy with his side project, City and Colour, while MacNeil had been invited to join an unnamed band and "felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue". Blah blah from the Guardian.