8. Pure Love - Anthems
Frank Carter famously conducted his final show with seminal Watford punk heroes Gallows adorned with the shirt of the very project he was leaving the band for: Pure Love. In tandem with ex-The Hope Conspiracy and Suicide File guitarist Jim Carroll, the pair looked to forego their hardcore punk lineage, in favour of more light and breezy alt rock. Their new mood was encapsulated by the first line of their debut song: “I’m so sick of singing about hate, it’s never gonna make a change”.
It was a weird energy, and one that (temporarily) left a bitter taste in the mouths of UKHC diehards and Frank’s now-former Gallows bandmates. However, undeterred, Pure Love was the bright, upbeat, summer rock outfit that reflected Carter’s new outlook on the world as he prepared for fatherhood, with the debut album Anthems being released in February 2013, and accompanied by a documentary sponsored by Relentless.
However, this new approach would be short-lived, and nearly a year to the day of Anthems’ release, Pure Love announced they would be disbanding. A short run of shows and a three-song EP were the last vestiges of the group, as Frank moved on to his hardcore-turned-alt rock outfit Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, whilst Jim would also return to hardcore, linking up with American Nightmare.