Interview: Pure Love

By on Thursday, 15th November 2012 at 12:00 pm

Pure Love are your new favourite band and if they’re not, well go see them live and experience the sheer pandemonium of ex-Gallows frontman Frank Carter and ex-The Hope Conspiracy and The Suicide File guitarist Jim Carroll’s new project, a band that have already made a name for themselves with their raucous, high-energy shows.

Jim Carroll said, “it started out when we got a lot of the songs together that a lot of the actual songs had been around for a while, it was the same with Frank, I mean he had a lot of the lyrics and we started with that as kind of the foundation and then we went from there.

“Most of the songs that ended up on the record were fairly new songs like all brand new songs that we had worked together on. Some of them are based on older pieces or riffs that I had in the past; most of it though is kind of newer stuff that came fresh when we started working together.”

As the two rock stars sat opposite me in their dressing room at Lincoln’s Engine Shed, Jim with a beer in hand and Frank eagerly waiting to get back to watching Dead Set on his Mac, it was obvious that beyond the music there was a truly special friendship between these two musicians. Nothing contrived or forced but a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect.

“It’s definitely been an easy partnership. I mean song-writing wise; it just kind of came very, very naturally. It’s a great dynamic to have, the core of the band the two of us so we can have all the pressure of decision making and everything so it makes it easier for the other guys playing with us.”
Frank said, “when we started the band, keeping it as the two of us was something we took very seriously. It was a very conscious decision to keep the core of the band as just the two of us, because well we’d written all these songs and when we started looking for musicians to play with us it was just finding people who are really versatile.

“So it is a full band of musicians, not just a bunch of kids playing their instruments (make of that what you will Gallows fans) almost everyone is multi-instrumental. So for us it’s really awesome. The partnership is the best and easiest band situation I could have asked for.”

Frank and Jim look like proper rock stars. Frank is covered almost head to toe in tattoos and when asked about anything remotely musical oozes passion, while Jim is rocking the long hair and the classic lead guitarist charm.

When asked whether they are partying like rock star every night the answer isn’t exactly the perennial rock star answer. They’re not as calm and controlled as, say, Them Crooked Vultures who while away the evenings playing Scrabble. However, Jim does admit it is a little different than a decade ago.

“I feel like I used to be a party guy [beer in hand], but touring now is extremely different to how it used to be. I mean there is still the drinking and the having fun.”

Frank added, “I mean just socialising on any level with your friends is fun. I mean we also throw knives together; it’s something that we got into together. We’ve started to get competitive with it and it’s definitely something we’ll bring on tour with us next year as we perfect our technique.”

So they throw knives and that isn’t the end of it. Guitarist Jim does yoga and regularly will break out a headstand before he goes on stage.

“It makes me feel good [doing yoga] and well I’m old [he’s not; he’s 30] and I want to feel good as much as I can. If you watch how hard we play every night you see that it takes a toll on your body over time.

“I started because I was having a lot of back issues and back problems and it was really the only thing which stopped the pain and helped me out.”

Pure Love went on the day in which I interviewed them to absolutely destroy their short set supporting Lostprophets. A Pure Love gig is definitely one that you won’t forget in a hurry.

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12:02 pm
15th November 2012

RT @tgtf: New post: Interview: Pure Love:

[…] 2013 may have seen Pure Love unceremoniously dumped from their label and frontman Frank Carter grow a rather unsightly and incredibly hipster ginger beard. But Pure Love are nonetheless one of easiest to recommend live acts doing the rounds at the moment. (And quite nice in person too:read my interview with Carter and musical partner Jim Carroll from last year here.) […]

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