Tenured folk-punk band to invade Gas Lamp
The Goddamn Gallows isn't one of those bands that’s easily pigeon-holed into one genre — the band describes itself as “punk rock mixed with metal and bluegrass,” and that’s pretty much what any one song can bring to the table.
Their live show appears to mirror the explosive energy found on record.
“[There’s] a lot of fun, a lot of crowd interaction” said Uriah “Baby Genius” Baker, drummer for The Goddamn Gallows, in reference to the band’s live performance. “It’s just a circus. It’s anarchy.”
The act returns Wednesday night to the Gas Lamp, located on 15th and Grand, bringing along its anthemic selection of tracks from a 10-year tenure of touring — which recently included stops in Brazil and Europe.
Tracks like the Southern Gothic and heavily banjo-influenced “7 Devils” and fan-favorite “47 Crosses” both show elements of the band’s storytelling ability within a song, mixed with a bit of that in-your-face, punk-rock edge. It’s an aural merger of both worlds.
Even after 10 years on the road, some of which included more than 200 shows in a year, the group’s still moving forward. The band’s fifth studio album, “The Maker,” dropped earlier this year via Farmageddon Records.
Baker said it’s one of his favorite records the band’s created.
“We just kind of get together and everything starts coming out,” Baker said via phone on the way to one of the band’s shows in Pittsburgh. “It just kind of comes together. We don’t have any set way of going about writing. We just bring it all to the table.”
And, as for the live show, Baker said there’s a mixture of more seasoned material, for the older fans, as well as tracks off “The Maker.” He said the record’s title track has been resonating with fans at shows.
“I’m excited to come back to Des Moines,” he said. “We always have a good time out there. Great people.”
Catch the band Wednesday night at the Gas Lamp with The Atom Age and Rumble Seat Riot slated as supporting acts.
The Goddamn Gallows
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave.