If you’re a fan of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, then you’d undoubtedly be aware of their status as a world-class live act.
While Carter first rose to fame as a member of Gallows, the formation of his Pure Love project was followed by the debut of his new band, which has occupied his time for almost half a decade now.
Luckily, Australian audiences are more aware than most as to the sort of stunning live show that Frank Carter puts on when he takes to the stage, giving his all and refusing to rest until fans have received more than what their ticket price was worth.
Earlier this year, Carter revealed that he’d be heading back to Australia in early 2020, performing cuts from his latest release, End Of Suffering.
To celebrate this upcoming tour, we decided to take a look back at what makes Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes amazing live performers, and why you should make it a priority to catch them live next month.
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1. They create a safe space for everyone to enjoy punk music
A few years ago, Frank Carter spotted a female fan who was holding back from stage diving, despite clearly wanting to. When Frank Carter asked her why that was, she told him “I don’t feel safe”.
As a father to a young girl himself, this was crushing to hear. The band decided to take a stand. Over the last couple of years, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have been dedicating one song in their set for women and those who may not otherwise feel comfortable doing so, to come to the front and stage dive.
“I refuse to live in a world where people don’t feel safe at my shows,” Carter told Kerrang! earlier this year. “It doesn’t matter what you look like, what race, sexuality, how old you are…it just doesn’t f*cking matter. If you come to a Rattlesnakes gig, then you are welcome.”
2. Their on-stage energy is unlike any other show you’ve seen
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes were last in Australia in April this year, supporting fellow UK heavyweights Bring Me The Horizon, and were also joined by You Me At Six and Trophy Eyes.
During that visit, crowds at every show were treated to Frank Carter’s on-stage antics. It wasn’t long before he was in amongst the crowd – even singing upside down as the crowd supported his handstands and acrobatics.
The punk outfit were met with widespread praise from national media for their trademark high energy, unpredictable live performances, with JB Hi-Fi’s STACK Magazine musing they “damn near stole the show”, Music Junkee praising Frank Carter as “the kind of frontman who says jump and you say how high”, and Tone Deaf reflecting on how they “brought serious punk rebellion to the corporate arena.”
3. Frank Carter’s fashion is always on point
Frank Carter is a lover of fashion. In 2016 he famously donned a three-piece Gucci suit across his world tour – somehow without letting it tone down his high-energy performances and crowd surfing tendencies.
Frank’s on-stage style breaks traditional gender norms and offers up a refreshing perspective on what it means to be “punk”. His collection of designer items including Gucci and Burberry regularly make an appearance, with his style ranging from athleisure to formal, boxing shorts and mesh to faux-fur coats and heart-shaped sunnies.
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4. Their latest album has copped millions of streams and dominated the UK charts
End Of Suffering is Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ critically acclaimed third album. It’s launched the band’s international tour, including their Australian tour in January 2020 where they will play their biggest headline venues in the country to date.
Not only did the release debut at #4 on the UK Album Chart, #1 Vinyl Chart, and #1 Independent Chart, tracks from the record have been streamed over 17 million times on Spotify alone.
Throughout their career, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have copped over 70million streams across their discography, over 10million music video views, and sold over 60,000 tickets globally. They’re a force to be reckoned with, and are showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
5. Frank Carter speaks candidly about his struggles with mental health, and focuses on reducing stigma and generating positivity
In 2017, the band pulled out of their European tour with Papa Roach, with Carter citing mental health reasons.
“I am incredibly lucky to have the life that I have,” he explained, “I want to be able to enjoy it for a long time and the only way I can do that is to be brutally honest with myself and stand up and say “I am not ok…” But I will be.”
Knowing the importance of maintaining an open dialogue around mental health and his personal journey, the musician launched his ‘Anxiety’ campaign upon the release of their single by the same name earlier this year.
Through his Instagram account @aBetterPlaceForYouAndMe, Frank Carter shared photographs of the moments on tour that brought joy to himself and those around him – a positive tour diary of sorts.
He encouraged fans to do the same, using the hashtag #aBetterPlaceForYouAndMe to share their victories over anxiety and, in turn, generating a positive, uplifting community. The band also partnered with UK organisation CALM to destigmatise mental health as something that only affects the few.
6. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will be joined by some top-notch Aussie supports
As well as announcing a new Melbourne all ages show, a Hobart 18+ gig, and opening up an all ages balcony in Sydney, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have announced they’ll be joined by some incredible Aussie acts on their upcoming national run.
Tasmanian rock n’ rollers A. Swayze & The Ghosts will join the UK punks in Sydney and Melbourne, with pop punk rising stars Eat Your Heart Out supporting the Brisbane and Sydney shows, psychedelic pop locals Psychobabel ripping up the Melbourne gig, Young Offenders warming up the stage in Adelaide, and Perth punks Ratking kicking things off in Perth.
Each city offers up a certified QUALITY lineup – infused with enough fury and punk to keep your heart racing for days.
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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Australian Tour 2020
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
(with Eat Your Heart Out)
The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, January 18th, 2020
(with A Swayze & The Ghosts & Eat Your Heart Out)
Roundhouse, Sydney, NSW
Monday, January 20th 2020
(with A Swayze & The Ghosts & Psychobabel)
The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 (New Show)
(with A Swayze & The Ghosts)
Wrangler Studios, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 (New Show)
Altar, Hobart, TAS
Friday, January 24th, 2020
(with Young Offenders)
The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
The Rosemount, Perth, WA