Following his incredible set on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury over the weekend, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will play at the Mandela Hall, Belfast on 27th November 2017.
You probably have an image on Frank Carter in your mind. Leaning out into a mosh pit, stripped to the waist with nearly every spare inch of flesh covered by a tattoo and screaming so hard the tendons in his neck threaten to burst through the skin. It’s a perception of Carter cemented back when he raised himself over the parapet as the front man of Gallows, the vital hardcore act for which he was the righteous anger-fired totem-head and while anyone listening to Modern Ruin can hear that Frank Carter shouting back across the years, he’s only one small part of the picture. Something the second Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes album makes abundantly clear in its sheer scope, scale and audacity.
Even taken next to the first Rattlesnakes album, 2015’s incendiary Blossoms, Modern Ruin is the most complete record Carter has made.
“I think there’s never been a clearer progression in a band than these two albums,” says Carter. “Blossom was cathartic in an incendiary, explosive, very instant way. This is more like a slow blood-letting process. It’s been as cathartic, if not more cathartic, as what we did in Blossom, but it’s been a much more controlled process.”
While Carter found the keys to the library as a performer, musically Modern Ruin flicks through an entire Dewey Decimal System of textures, sounds and moods. Lyrically these songs don’t pull any punches. When writing, Carter reached deeper into himself than he had been prepared to go previously making this his most honest set of songs to date. Songs that scrape away at the complexities of human relationships, the struggle of life and the terrible unknowns that keep us awake at night. It’s a record about where we are right now and the ruins that our lives and achievements will leave behind once we’re gone.
“I wanted to make a classic album, and with Modern Ruin we’ve made a record that takes you on a journey, the same way all of my favourite records did when I was younger. Records that really changed my life: Adrenaline by Deftones, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence by Glassjaw, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Volume 4. by Sabbath, Nevermind by Nirvana. All of these records take you on a journey, they enable a band to show us versatility and they enable the artists to put a flag in the sand and say, ‘This is who I am’. I’ve never really had a flag that truly says that in one bold statement until now, and that’s what Modern Ruin is. You can put this on and get a lot closer to understanding the whole of me from this one record.” It’s time to meet the real Frank Carter.
Tickets priced £18.50 go on sale this Friday 30th June at 9am- buy yours here. Please note age limit is 14+ for both shows.