UPDATE (8/9/11): As of this morning, Wade MacNeil has been officially announced as the new Gallows’ singer.
In a brutally honest post to their beloved fans, vocalist George Pettit of Alexisonfire announced that the band was breaking up. While most people will moan and dwell that vocalist/guitarist Dallas Green’s focus on City & Colour is responsible for the split, Pettit mentioned that the final straw was vocalist/guitarist Wade MacNeil being asked to and accepting a position in another band.
For Wade to even consider leaving the band he’s been apart of for the last 10 years, it would take a major musical force and an oppurtunity he simply couldn’t turn down.
That’s why I believe that Wade MacNeil is the new vocalist for Gallows.
Let’s look at the evidence:
1. As stated above, there aren’t a whole lot of bands with a larger audience than Alexisonfire. I don’t believe Wade would leave to go backwards and join some small-time act. Gallows is a band with a huge, international following that has garnered major acclaim the past few years.
2. MacNeil’s solo project Black Lungs has opened for Gallows, including a secret show. There’s an obvious bond there, as secret shows are more friendly, thrown together shows. The two parties obviously know each other, and Wade has stated on numerous occasions that Gallows is his favorite band.
My final and most important piece of circumstancial evidence:
3. Wade recently visited London, which he’s been tweeting about for the last week. During his trip, Gallows had multiple tweets about new songs they were working on. He arrived home in Canada on August 1. Only 5 days after Wade came home, Alexisonfire announced that they were disbanding.
Take it for what it’s worth. Could it be a group of highly coincidental facts? Sure. But it’s looking good to me. Whether he could fill Frank Carter’s shoes is your call, but I support the move.