Exclusive Interview: Wade MacNeil on becoming Gallows’ new singer

August 9, 2011 by Annie Zaleski

Exclusive Interview: Wade MacNeil on becoming Gallows’ new singer

Live, do you guys have any plans to do older stuff or is it just going to be all newer stuff?  How do you guys plan to balance that?
We’re definitely going to play the old songs. It’s not the first time this has happened to a band. It’s going to be different, but I think we’re going to be able to rework them in a way that breathes some life into them, and changes them but also keeps what people love about those songs and what I love about those songs. I was a fan of this band, and getting to tour with them was great. I don’t think there’s any band that goes on stage like them; they just absolutely kill it.  They’re the hardest-playing band in the world.

Have you talked to Frank at all since you took over?
Yeah, I talked to him about a week after, and asked him if he knew I was the guy. He said, “Yeah, I’ve known for a while—I’m surprised it took you so long to call me.”  I don’t know, I was about as close with him as I was with the rest of the guys in the band, so I wasn’t exactly calling for his blessing, but I just wanted to talk to him and let him know that it’s cool. We’ve been talking, and it’s all good.  He’s moving on, and I think he’s happy that it’s someone he knows.

It’s almost like Gallows, for better or for worse, is his baby. So it’s nice someone replacing him is like, “Okay, it’s in good hands.”
[Laughs.] Yeah, I don’t know, you grow up with the guys in your band.  You spend your whole life within arm’s reach of them on tour. You fight like brothers—and I mean, well, there are brothers in this band, right? So obviously, it’s an emotional thing. But it’s a band I’ve known for ages and toured with.

It’s not like you’re a complete stranger or anything. What were Alexisonfire’s reaction when you told them about joining Gallows?
You know, I think that the guys were…like I said, you grew up with the band, and they’re your brothers.  I think the guys were hurt by it a little bit, because we’re so close, and we spend such a huge part of our lives together and working on music. I don’t know, I have their blessing, and it wasn’t...I don’t know, it’s obviously like anything you’ve spent the last decade doing.  It’s definitely one of the hardest things I’ve had to say to the guys. But I know we’re all going to be friends in the future, and hopefully we’ll still be able to make music together in some capacity. [Alexisonfire declined to comment for this piece.]

I know that earlier this year you guys were working on new music?
We were.

What’s the status of that?
Time got the best of us, and the band seemed to drift further and further away.

So map out your schedule before the AP Tour.
We’re going to do rehearsing and recording for the rest of the week, and then everybody goes back to their respective homes and we’re going to do our best to all keep working, I guess. Even though we’re all in different places. We’re just going to be trying to write new music up until the AP tour, and just find out exactly it is what we’re going to be moving forward with.

Do you have any reservations, if anything, about taking on this role?  Is there anything in your mind that you’re concerned about?
At the end of the day, you can’t control what people are going to say or the way people are going to view it. But like I said before, all we can do is try to push forward and try and make music that we love and keeps building on what’s great about Gallows.

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