Interview: Pure Love
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Last year saw the rise of Frank Carter's latest venture with his latest band, Pure Love. In 2013, they are set to be one of the biggest breakthrough acts with their debut album, Anthems. Samantha Booth talks to the ex-Gallows front-man and his bandmate, Jim Carroll about what this year brings, diamond masks and the fall of HMV. This tour has 17 dates, this being fourth one in Manchester. Which venue and city are you most excited to play? Frank Carter: Oh fuck, tonight actually in Manchester. At the minute, I’m excited to play the next show and a lot of these shows I’ve never played these venues before and when we got to Deaf, we realised it was fucking awesome. It’s an amazing venue. Jim Carroll: There’s only a couple of venues on this tour that I’ve played before so I’m really excited for all of the dates to explore. How did you guys meet then? FC: We met years ago on tour and we didn’t really remember it. Then we met again when I was looking to start a new band in New York and it happened Jimmy was looking too. So we got in touch through Jimmy’s old room mate and then I was gonna start a band with him and it really materialise and I think Jimmy and I were the most pro active people at the time, so we decided to do it. And then finally we got it together and it was the 11th February 2011 I think that we sat down and started writing it. Jimmy sent me 12 songs and one of the songs I sat down and wrote the lyrics too and recorded it and sent it back to him. And that was it and that’s how we still write today. Usually just on our iPhones. So how did you come up with the name of the band? JC: It came from a song title from a band called Mahavishnu Orchestra. They are like a 70s jazz fusion band and we had like two weeks of text conversation back and forth with yes and no replies. FC: We just stopped talking it was just names. JC: And one day, the song just came up on my iPod and I text Frank with the name and we just decided on it. FC: I was busy making logos before I even replied yes. So it was like, “yeah by the way, good one.” I could have just ordered the logos online but instead I just made loads of paper ones. Were you impressed with the turnout of the gigs before the album even came out last year? FC: Yeah definitely, it was so overwhelming for people to have that much interest in what we were doing. It was great.
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