Pure Love: Anthems

A swerve towards accessibility from former Gallows man.

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While Gallows plough on with their pan-scouring hardcore barrages regardless, all eyes are on the fate of their charismatic dervish of an ex-frontman Frank Carter and his new Brooklyn-based collaboration with The Hope Conspiracy’s guitarist Jim Carroll.

Formed on Valentine’s Day 2011, their moniker suggested the tattooed wild child had undergone a laughable romantic softening akin to a rabid pitbull getting dewy eyed at a Richard Curtis movie. But Anthems is the proof, songs of “love and death and sex” sung – sung! – by Carter in doe-eyed emo boy-band style, laced with Manics crunch by Carroll and arena-scented by Foo Fighters producer Gil Norton.

It’s staggering to hear such an uncompromising soul deliver Beach Of Diamonds like a slab of Jimmy Eat World pop, make a punk-pop rabble-rouser out of the London riots on Riot Song or croon like Billy Joe Armstrong through Handsome Devils Club and the torch-rock title track, but kudos to Pure Love for taking a ludicrous concept of comedy commercialism and successfully straightening its face.

Mark Beaumont is a music journalist with almost three decades' experience writing for publications including Classic Rock, NME, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times, Uncut and Melody Maker. He has written major biographies on Muse, Jay-Z, The Killers, Kanye West and Bon Iver and his debut novel [6666666666] is available on Kindle (opens in new tab).