When: Tue., Nov. 13, 7 p.m. 2012
Five years ago, when it seemed like everybody in the UK (or at least everybody who read NME) was obsessed with "nu-rave," British punk band Gallows sounded out of place—and their appearance on the pop charts must have surprised even the critics who'd championed them. Gallows' songs were nasty, brutish, and short, and despite their sleek production they nearly burst with rage, lashing out at what sometimes seemed like everything and everyone; charismatic red-haired singer Frank Carter used the riffs like a wrestler uses the ropes, launching his gut-wrenching howl with inhuman force. Unfortunately Carter left the band last year, and his replacement, Wade MacNeil—who used to front sappy Canadian screamo act Alexisonfire—is the weak link on the new Gallows (Bridge 9). Where Carter had terrifying grandeur, MacNeil has a punk-by-numbers bark. "Everybody Loves You (When You're Dead)" ends with MacNeil screaming "come back" to a list of deceased punk greats, and every time I hear it I can't help but wish the same thing about Carter and Gallows. —Leor Galil Barn Burner, So Many Ways, and Weekend Nachos open.