Posts Tagged ‘The Gaslight Anthem’
While I did write an entire post dedicated to The Gaslight Anthem’s latest album, Handwritten, a while back, I have not yet featured one of their tracks as a New Music post.
I started the road trip to California on Saturday, not getting too far spending the last two days in Boston and Delmar, NY, respectively. I spent my first 5 hours or so on the road solo listening to some favorite tracks, obviously the Gaslight Anthem has gotten a lot of play time. I have to be in a certain state of mind to listen to different generes of music. While I have a very eclectic taste I’ll often buy an album and not really get into until months later. So has been the case with The Gaslight Anthem’s latest.
One of my favorites off the new album is, “Biloxi Parish:”
Brian Fallon’s lyrics are often coated in nostalgia and/or romance in a very honest way, comprable to Springsteen’s lyrics, one of the many reasons the Gaslight Anthem has been compared to The Boss. That and their New Jersey native status.
While I still love the more nostalgic, slow songs off the new album like “National Anthem,” I really like the uplifting, real life lyrics about Fallon’s love in this song. The honesty paired with a simple driving rock beat had me tapping my hands to the steering wheel and turning up the dial.
My all time rockstar crush is, with out a doubt, Brian Fallon. I couldn’t rave enough about the Gaslight Anthem and the Horrible Crowes. Both bands have songs in my top 25 most played on iTunes and Fallon, most certainly is amongst my favorite musicians.
It must be nice to be in a position to say, “Look, take our music for what it is.”
It is what it is. If you like it, cool. If you don’t like it, well then, OK, there’s probably something else. I’ve always said it’s easier for bands to make a hard stance – like, we don’t do commercials or whatever, blah blah blah – when you’ve sold billions of records. It’s super-easy to be righteous when you’re rich. If you’re in our position, it’s just like, we gotta do this for what we love and not for any other reason, or else we’re just gonna be unhappy, you know?
The new Gaslight Anthem album, which debuted on Tuesday, is number 2 on the iTunes chart! I was totally bummed that I couldn’t financially swing attendance to either one of their live performances this past week (The Middle East this past Sunday night in Boston or the Webster Hall performance on Tuesday in NYC).
However, I have been awaiting a new Gaslight Anthem album for some time now and am eager that it has finally arrived and is playing on repeat in my headphones.
I never thought I’d see the day this band made the iTunes chart.
This has been one of my favorite bands since my early days of working at McGreevy’s (circa fall of 2008). #nojudgement
I was introduced to a lot of my now favorite bands at that bar, as well as a lot of my now favorite people.
The Gaslight Anthem and their “’59 sound” album spoke volumes, literally, to me at the time, and still does!
Through the years I found myself relating with lead singer Brian Fallon’s lyrics and unwillingly tapping my foot to the driving guitar and drums that make up the GA sound as I cruised down from Mission Hill on the 59 bus to my various classes at Northeastern and restaurant jobs throughout the city of Boston.
I am really into their new album, but I think their debut, Sink or Swim, will always be my favorite. If you’re looking to scratch the I-need-some-new-original rock itch, this is your album. Check it.
This week’s birthday presents keep on coming!
Okay so it comes out tomorrow, buuuut I could NOT wait a whole week to talk about the first released song, “45″ off the Gaslight Anthem’s new album due out later this summer.
I have been anticipating a new Gaslight Anthem song/album/tour for some time now. I think I listen to a Gaslight Anthem song at least once a day, be it on my run around the bay or my walk to work. They are most certainly in my top three, all-time favorite bands.
I was really into Brain Fallon’s solo project The Horrible Crowes this past fall, but I have been missing new, driving rock that the Gaslight Anthem provides. Their new tune, “45,” is the fix I’ve been craving.
Their classic rock sound and Brian Fallon’s broken-hearted, all-American lyrics continue to make life feel a little bit better. I am really digging the fast paced drums and repetitive guitar notes off this track. The sounds really seem to reiterate what Fallon is singing about. The struggle of moving on. Per usual the Gaslight Anthem is right on par with my life.
Rolling Stone released the song last week:
“Combining punk rock, folk and the spirit of Americana, New Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem fuel their heartfelt formula with new intensity on “45,” the first single off the upcoming album Handwritten. Well-known for his referential folk-style storytelling, frontman Brian Fallon instead reflects on his own experiences and reels back his deeply embedded references.
Though the band grew their sound immensely on 2010′s American Slang, Fallon wished to return to the driving punk rock that ignited earlier Gaslight Anthem work. With “45,” written early in the creative process, the Gaslight Anthem knew they had the right spark. “This song felt to us like we still had something to say in this long line of rock & roll tradition,” says Fallon. “It made the path clear as to what we should do next. Sometimes you just have to leave things behind . . . turn the record over.” “45″ will be out on iTunes May 8th, with Handwritten set for a July 24th release.” ~ Rolling Stone