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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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  • rustyballbag

    senor and the queen, along with sink or swim is grand. 59 sound was good too. It's ashame they've become more popular with their latest albums, since it's the same thing but not as good. Tis all subjective though peeps. enjoy them brian seems a swell guy

    12 Sep 11:59pm Reply
  • ARK_AGE

    Get Hurt is pretty good, and better than Handwritten. The B-Sides is good too, She Loves You is a awesome track.

    1 Sep 12:46pm Reply
  • lost_to_apathy

    More of the same? This is worlds worse than Handwritten/59 Sound for me. Gutted.

    31 Aug 7:21pm Reply
  • JordanNeo

    I had a great time listening to, and photographing, Gaslight Anthem at TURF in Toronto. It was my third time seeing them, and definitely the best: My pics are here: http://www.oneintenwords.com/2014/08/turf-day-2-band-6-gaslight-anthem.html

    30 Aug 6:41pm Reply
  • TalesMendess

    Get Hurt is fucking fucking!!!

    29 Aug 8:22pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    I really can't see how 'Get Hurt' marks this big change in their sound that Brian was talking about. It is more of the same, just better than 'Handwritten' by miles.

    28 Aug 11:44am Reply
  • TooLateToGoBack

    Band has been getting progressively worse since '59 Sound, and Get Hurt marks them entering utter trash territory. Shame.

    28 Aug 12:00am Reply
  • delvec19

    If you don't love Get Hurt....GTFO.

    27 Aug 11:36pm Reply
  • murmler3

    Ignored it until now. After "Handwritten" and one boring concert in my hometown last year I feared, GA and I live separate lifes in the future. I was wrong. "Get Hurt" is awesome, indeed.

    27 Aug 1:24pm Reply
  • Dylbear

    Get Hurt, another awesome album.

    27 Aug 12:51pm Reply
  • ryliegsucks

    i love get hurt. fuck you. k

    26 Aug 2:42am Reply
  • 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.

    22 Aug 11:06am Reply
  • harddancing

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

    21 Aug 4:16pm Reply
  • eighty-five

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

    21 Aug 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
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