Gallows are in CTRL this month, here they give us an exclusive insight in to their favourite city in the world
They’ve travelled the world several times over and rocked a multitude of exotic locations but this month’s controllers Gallows are united in their love for one place in particular - Austin, Texas.
Gallows, like many other bands have made their name in the US at the South By South West festival, better known as SXSW. Half way between an industry event and the mother of all parties, nothing can prepare you for the scale of SXSW and any true music fan should have it high on their to-do list. Here’s Gallows' guitarist Steph on why he loves it:
“I think SXSW is the best festival that you could ever go to in your life.
You wake up in the morning, roll out onto 6th street and there’s a road roughly the size of Oxford street in London where every shop or bar is a venue. There is a different band playing everywhere from 11am straight through until 4am the next morning.
“Its just unbelievable that that so much music can take place in a city for a week straight. You can go and see some of the best bands you will ever see in your life, some of the strangest bands you will ever see in your life, and you can even go and see your idols. I went and saw Metallica play in Stubbs bar last year to 1000 people and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen.”
Fellow guitarist Lags is quick to point out that Austin is just great all year round. “We’ve played there twice at SXSW but also on Warped and our last headline US tour,” he says. “It’s full of awesome punk rock bars, and it’s just a proper music town, there are live bands everywhere all the time.
We’ll leave it there before this starts to read like a transmission from the Texan tourist board, but this is just a taste of Gallows on Topman CTRL. Find out more about their favourite places around the world, their record collections and a whole lot more in the coming weeks on myspace.com/topmanCTRL.