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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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  • diabornwill

    sounds like america

    29 Mar 4:26pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    You forgot all the Westerberg on the first couple albums.

    22 Mar 6:55am Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    If we're going on influence scales here, this is about 25% Heartland rock / americana, 25% modern punk rock, 25% modern indie folk, and 25% oldschool rock n' roll.

    20 Mar 11:45pm Reply
  • riotDollGrrrl

    Here comes my man has something special... I could spend my days listening to that song <3

    9 Mar 9:01am Reply
  • Fenix_j

    i never get bored of hear their music, <3 i love this band!

    8 Mar 8:02pm Reply
  • KingSteven16

    '59 Sound is 60% Springsteen, 38% Westerberg, 2% Petty. Each album after added more Petty and less Westerberg. Handwritten is like Tom Petty tutoring an American Idol runner up.

    6 Mar 5:30am Reply
  • KingSteven16

    Handwritten is a huge step in the wrong direction. My girlfriend thought it was Daughtry and I don't blame her.

    6 Mar 5:27am Reply
  • WhatisaJuanjo

    this is punk rock!? my fucking ass

    4 Mar 8:34pm Reply
  • dreamcoltrane

    Just bought Handwritten on vinyl. Makes me so happy :)

    26 Feb 6:28am Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    It's 99% Replacements and 1% Springsteen.

    24 Feb 1:28am Reply
  • jp49er80

    So, ThompsonJohn, does the future take nothing from the past? To me, this is what music should sound like for OUR time - just because it sounds like Springsteen/Petty/Replacements/Pearl Jam...so what? Lyrically, musically, this is music for NOW. But still, your opinion. :)

    23 Feb 12:29am Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    thompsonjohn: nicely put, although I would say at least 80% of good ol' Boss and 10% of punk rock. Love the band nonetheless but I feel like Titus Andronicus is their more original counterpart..

    19 Feb 10:35am Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    I like to call these guys "Heartland Revival Rock" a term that people like The Boss, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Steve Earle, and Bob Seeger made popular. All that really is required to fit the genre term is being 'blue collar' and from the Midwest and rust belt.

    2 Feb 10:23pm Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    Best modern rock band around.

    2 Feb 6:02am Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavypop Review: http://www.heavypop.at/gaslight-anthem-b-sides/

    29 Jan 5:00pm Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    I can't comprehend how anyone can listen to these guys and hear the "future"? Don't get me wrong I love this band, but I'm just saying these guys ain't reinventing the wheel of rock n roll or anything here. When I listen to Gaslight I hear, 50% Springsteen, 35% Tom Petty and 15% Pearl Jam. Like I said, nothing against them I love 'em listen to 'em all the time but their influences are clearly heard in their songs and sound and they even show it by covering all the bands they sound like too. Can't wait to have that B-sides album here next week.

    23 Jan 8:41am Reply
  • Oleg289

    I hope it is @jp49er80, I hope it is :)

    18 Jan 5:54pm Reply
  • GudaAlencar

    Espero que 2014 traga eles ao Brasil!

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • jp49er80

    I've heard the future. This is it.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • matheuzimsccp

    ainda na espera de um festival que traga eles para o Brasil [2]

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
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