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The Gaslight Anthem - Biography
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|The Gaslight Anthem is a punk rock 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.
Their second full-length, The '59 Sound, was released on August 19, 2008 on Side One Dummy Records. The album debuted at #70 on the Billboard top 200. It was produced by Ted Hutt, who has produced albums for The Bouncing Souls, Flogging Molly, and MxPx.
On August 6, 2008 they became the first band to ever appear on the cover of Kerrang! magazine without the publication having previously written a single word about them.
In Fall 2008, the band toured with Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, and Thrice.
On December 9, 2008, the Gaslight Anthem made their television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, performing the song the "The '59 Sound." On January 30, 2009, they appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, again playing "The '59 Sound."
Their third full-length, American Slang, was released on June 15, 2010, on Side One Dummy Records. The Bring It On Songfacts reports that it finds the band moving away from the fictional lyrics and '50s-inspired sound of their previous records.
In 2010 they appeared on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK along with Arcade Fire, The Libertines and Modest Mouse.
As of July 2010, Fallon said he was already working on new material for a fourth album. Subsequently, Fallon stated on his blog that the band would start writing their record in January 2011. However, prior to playing on Pinkpop in June 2011, Fallon stated that they had just started working on the new album and that it wouldn't be released for at least a few months. In the same interview Fallon said only one song was finished so far, referring to "Biloxi Parish" which they performed on stage at Pinkpop 2011 as well as Rock Am Ring. Fallon stated that the band's next record will sound closer to their breakthrough record, The '59 Sound, rather than American Slang. During this time, Fallon was also working with good friend Ian Perkins, putting the finishing touches on their side project, The Horrible Crowes.
On October 6, 2011, The Gaslight Anthem announced via Facebook that they had officially signed with Mercury Records. They stated that they were sorry to leave their friends at SideOneDummy, but felt that the change was necessary for their musical career.
On October 14, 2011, The Gaslight Anthem announced that their last show before going into the studio to record their new album would be on December 9 at the Asbury Park Convention Hall.
On January 12, 2012, the band announced via their Twitter feed that they would be recording the following week in Nashville. On February 18, 2012, they announced that recording of original songs for the album had been completed, stating that they would soon be beginning on b-sides and covers. An anticipated date for release has not been set. It was announced on February 22, 2012, via the band's Twitter feed that the forthcoming album would be titled Handwritten. On February 25, 2012 the band announced the tour via Twitter. On April 25, 2012 the band announced that the first single from Handwritten is called "45" and had its worldwide première on Monday, April 30 as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1. The single can currently be streamed on their website.
The album was released on July 20, 2012 in Germany, July 23 in the UK, and on July 24 in the US.
On September 21, 2012 in Pensacola, Florida, The Gaslight Anthem performed Pearl Jam's State of Love and Trust live at DeLuna Fest with Eddie Vedder on vocals.
On November 30, 2012, the last of three nights in a row at New York City's Terminal 5 venue, Fallon announced that they would be releasing a live DVD of the night prior.
The band announced on July 4, 2013, via their Tumblr site, that they were "Working on new songs for a new Gaslight Anthem album in 2014."
Brian Fallon – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2006–present)
Alex Rosamilia – lead guitar, backing vocals (2006–present)
Alex Levine – bass, backing vocals (2006–present)
Benny Horowitz – drums, percussion, tambourine (2006–present)
Ian Perkins – guitar, backing vocals (2010–present)