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The Gaslight Anthem

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New Brunswick, New York NJ, United States (2006 – present)

The Gaslight Anthem is a band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since forming in 2006, they have released four full-length albums and an EP. They were described by Kerrang! magazine as “the best new band you’ll hear in 2008.” The lineup consists of Brian Fallon (vocals and guitar), Alex Levine (bass), Benny Horowitz (drums), and Alex Rosamilia (guitar).

The Gaslight Anthem’s music embraces many elements of blues, classic rock, and punk rock. The band has described their sound as “Bruce Springsteen singing for a Cure cover band, with a tinge more aggression.” The group’s fondness for Springsteen, a significant influence on their music, is celebrated by fans and critics alike. Representative of such views, one critic wrote, “The Gaslight Anthem are like something out of speculative fiction: this is what pop music would be if Springsteen hadn’t listened to his producer, let the Ramones record ‘Hungry Heart,’ and launched the C.B.G.B.’ers into megastardom.”

The band released its first LP, Sink or Swim, in 2007 through XOXO Records, and toured with many reputable bands, including Against Me!, The Draft, Dead to Me, and Fake Problems.

The Gaslight Anthem’s second release, a 4-song EP entitled Señor and the Queen, was released on January 29th, 2008 by Sabot Productions.

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  • EvanClark

    It's weird, I completely agree with that Pitchfork review, but still really really love the album. This is more of the same, no growth, no real change. But it's still well delivered, and perfectly presented.

    7 hours ago Reply
  • harddancing

    Yup have to admit that as hoped, Get Hurt has massively grown on me over the past week

    Yesterday 4:16pm Reply
  • eighty-five

    I'm glad this album is not that boring as "Handwritten"

    Yesterday 2:52pm Reply
  • theblackjay

    @John__Lemon: Bitchfork can't even really be considered journalism anymore.

    21 Aug 2:36am Reply
  • theblackjay

    Break Your Heart is like The National Anthem Part II.

    21 Aug 2:29am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Well ptichfork gained my vote for worst musical journalism of all time. This record is really good. I've never listened to them before but I'm a big fan of this record

    21 Aug 12:46am Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    I've come back from the brink; after abandoning them for the drop in quality of '59 Sound' (I know, I know) then being indifferent to American Slang and hating 'Handwritten'. I now think 'Get Hurt' is one of their best, up there with the first two, and I'm trawling through their entire back catalogue and loving it all. Next is 'Handwritten'; and I'm looking forward to it.

    19 Aug 10:18pm Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    I love alot of songs on the new album and am almost indifferent to others. Not as good as Handwritten IMO but it's a 8 out of 10 and Handwritten is a 10/10. Favorite tracks: Helter Skeleton ( So different, so funky, so cool) Break your heart, Stay Vicious (Something different which is nice) Have Mercy, title track just makes it to notable mentions. The aforementioned list is in order too!

    19 Aug 6:41am Reply
  • theblackjay

    @borgy; second only to Arcade Fire fans still lamenting every new album's apparent lack of depth in comparison to Funeral.

    19 Aug 1:43am Reply
  • theblackjay

    New record has some really good tracks. Get Hurt is probably my favorite but Selected Poems through Dark Places is just sublime.

    19 Aug 1:42am Reply
  • pow8

    i'm in love with the new album

    17 Aug 4:56pm Reply
  • pr0wnage420

    Selected Poems is the best song on the album IMO. Mama's Boys (Bonus Track) is sweet too.

    17 Aug 12:20am Reply
  • st3vie

    I like the new record, maybe it's not my favorite (but time will tell), but still awesome in it's own way. Can't understand people who say that this sounds NOT like TGA, musicans or bands evolve, but they still got their trademarks. Regardless of whether i accept the opinion of people who don't like that record, it's still a matter of taste. Just a opinion from an open minded music listener. ;-)

    16 Aug 2:46pm Reply
  • borgy

    Gaslight Anthem have the worst fan base in the world. the 59 Sound came out 3 albums ago. Get over it. Even seeing them live last year, fools were begging them to play more old tracks.... when they're touring to promote 'Handwritten'. Stick to listening to the 59 sound if you're that close minded, cause you're the boring ones, never changing and revolving in a circle.

    16 Aug 3:56am Reply
  • harddancing

    Seriously hoping the new album is a grower because I'm not too impressed thus far

    15 Aug 2:51pm Reply
  • RachelApathetic

    Helter Skeleton is amazing, Break Your Heart, Dark Places, Get Hurt and Rollin' and Tumblin' are half decent. The rest are all boring as fuck. Most disappointing Gaslight record to date.

    15 Aug 9:44am Reply
  • johannez1

    Listening to the '59 Sound for the first time in years, feels like regaining a lost friend after a long absence, I wish they hadn't turned out the way they did, if they had kept making records like that one, and American Slang, I'd probably never have forgotten about them. Oh, and I guess seeing them live, acting like some boring stadium rock clichés, when previous times they'd been the most humble people ever, really made me stop loving them as I used to, too. I mean, I'm aware that no one here gives a fuck, but I'm talking about one of my former absolute favourite bands. Oh well. Revisiting the '59 Sound is just making me quite emotional, and I wish that crap excuse of an album that is called Get Hurt didn't exist. Hm. Oh, if anyone read all the way here: sorry, but I can't give you a refund on your time if it was wasted.

    13 Aug 9:14pm Reply
  • Oleg289

    Also, I'm listening to the Soundcheck version of Underneath the Ground, it's amazing!

    13 Aug 5:16pm Reply
  • viniciuskoch

    The new album is so boring.

    13 Aug 3:43pm Reply
  • mdickinson35

    wrote about get hurt a bit here http://mdickinson35.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/let-the-ocean-take-me/

    13 Aug 11:09am Reply
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