"There's a charming vulnerability to it all, although they still amp up the rock when necessary": Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes' Dark Rainbow

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes shed another skin to show their most sensitive side on album five

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Frank Carter is certainly in a reflective frame of mind on the Rattlesnakes’ fifth album. 

On its lead single, Man Of The Hour, the person once named the coolest man in rock by the NME questions the whole notion of stardom, of putting human beings on a pedestal, all set to swooning, theatrical power-pop that sits a million miles away from his days with punk firebrands Gallows. 

They’ve been dabbling with crooning over screaming for some time, of course, and here the dusky but polished alt rock comes fully to the fore, the likes of Can I Take You Home sharing more in common with Arctic Monkeys at their horniest, with a little QOTSA swagger thrown in for good measure.

There’s a charming vulnerability to it all, and although they still amp up the rock when necessary – a riff at the heart of Brambles is fittingly prickly – Dark Rainbows is a brooding, subtle, ballad-stuffed affair from a band that refuses to be hemmed in by their own history. 

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.