C/D : The Gaslight Anthem

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I was up late watching M2 one night a couple months ago and amazingly they actually played a video. It was by a band I'd never heard of before, the Gaslight Anthem. At first I thought it was just another generic pop-rock band, but as I listened to this song "Great Expectations," they began to remind me of the Replacements. Apparently, their record has gotten good press from both mainstream and more indie publications. I haven't really heard the record, but I like the song. Any thoughts on them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2Leo9HSaGQ

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Monday, 8 June 2009 20:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh, also they've gotten a lot of Bruce Springsteen comparisons. This song does have that trademark epic quality.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Monday, 8 June 2009 20:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

i repped for them on the year-end ILM poll a few months ago (although they didn't place and for all i know nobody else voted for them), although i dunno how much people have really followed them here. if you like the singles you'll like the album, it's all a bit samey and surface level but they're definitely good at what they do. saw them live a few weeks ago and it was a fun show. they even covered the Replacements!

the daily fail (some dude), Monday, 8 June 2009 20:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah word this has grown on me like crazy, '59 Sound is a very good album. "great expectations" is my favorite song. it's also nice to have an album i can recommend to/have in common with my lame-o pop-punk/emo friends

and why?!? (k3vin k.), Monday, 8 June 2009 20:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

-liking friends

and why?!? (k3vin k.), Monday, 8 June 2009 20:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

haha unrelated to my prev post but jordan s would like this

and why?!? (k3vin k.), Monday, 8 June 2009 20:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

I really really love this band. Their latest album The 59 sound was olne of the highlights of 2008 for me. Saw them play a great show at a sold out Vera three months ago. They also did their coverversion of Left Of The Dial, and they played State Of Love And Trust as a second cover.

Strangely enough last year they were still touring with hardcore-bands, like Annihilation Time.

Marty Innerlogic, Monday, 8 June 2009 21:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

-liking friends

on an unrelated tangent, i'm curious how you perceive this addition changes the meaning of the previous statement.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Monday, 8 June 2009 21:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

ha idk i mean my 19/20 y.o. friends don't dress like
http://trickledown.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/emo-kid.jpg
but listen to "emo" music

and why?!? (k3vin k.), Monday, 8 June 2009 21:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

I kind of missed out on The 59 Sound last year but picked it up after people repped for it in the end of year poll thread. Utter classic, anyway. They make me want to go and drink beer and have ridiculous adventures. Is the first album as good?

Matt DC, Monday, 8 June 2009 21:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also I was listening to it heavily while reading The Savage Detectives and the two feel completely intertwined in my head now.

Matt DC, Monday, 8 June 2009 22:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

I got into the title track of 59 Sound last fall after Breihan repped hard for the album on his blog, but I sorta felt like the record was real samey as a whole and let it fall by the wayside as I got really into The Hold Steady again. In the last month, though, I've totally fallen in love with it whole hog (and got Sarge into it too iirc). I know all the words and am learning to play most of it.

If Hold Steady are the wizened older brothers who've made all the mistakes and spend their time telling half-grinning cautionary tales, these guys are the younger brothers who're gonna hear all the stories and ignore the advice and go and make the same mistakes. They sound like the decision to stay young and reckless when you maybe ought to know better.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 8 June 2009 22:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

I fuckin love this band.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 8 June 2009 22:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

good post dude

and why?!? (k3vin k.), Monday, 8 June 2009 22:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Great record, but too many pick slides at the same point in the arrangement. Minor quibble? Perhaps. But it bugs me as much as a scratch in an LP.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 June 2009 23:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

I can see how that would be irritating. Of course, a similar charge could be leveled against the entire Verse-Chorus-Verse format.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Monday, 8 June 2009 23:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

by the way, is there a reason why the word "repped" appears so much in this thread?

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Monday, 8 June 2009 23:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Paid cash money for it. After more than enough listening, thought this about it on Rolling Country last year, posted for its Americana vibe:

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The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound Don't know where to put this and it's Americana, so here by default.

Heavily influenced by late period Replacements and some Hold Steady, I think. Which makes it sound hand-wringingly sincere and Bruce Springsteen as filtered through indie types. Lots of ringing guitars but not in the classic rock sense ala Tom Petty. Ringing guitars in the sense that everything sounds the same and indie after fifteen minutes and all the guitar solos are octave riffs and nothing ever sounds like Chuck Berry or Little Richard.

Guys singing about standing in the pounding Jersey rain. Forget this dead man's town! O-ooo-oo-oh-o---ooh! Yo-ho! Eesh. Fuck me, why do I get sucked in by stuff like this? Just ain't my style. When I think of the '59 Fullerton Fender guitar sound, I don't think Jersey/Long Island bar band as reinterpreted by dudes doing the indie thing. Why doesn't this stuff ever sound like the Norman Nardini's or Joe Gruschecky's of the real genre. Makes the Mudcrutch album earlier this year sound inspired.

Can you believe they've actually entitled songs "The Patient Ferris Wheel" and "Here's Looking at You, Kid"?

― Gorge, Friday, 19 December 2008 22:06 (5 months ago) Permalink
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Gorge, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 02:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

Is the first album as good?

― Matt DC, Monday, June 8, 2009 5:59 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

no, but it's not far off, it's pretty impressive how fully formed they were from the jump. the EP released in between, Senor And The Queen, is good too.

the daily fail (some dude), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 03:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

i would get into why these guys are good and Hold Steady sucks but let's not and say we did

the daily fail (some dude), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 03:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

are you one of those dudes who loved lifter puller but doesnt like hold steady?

makeitstop (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 03:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

i'm one of those dudes who has no love for any of the above

the daily fail (some dude), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 03:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

just some dude

makeitstop (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 03:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

i really really fucked up by not listening to these dudes till like last week

let free dom ring (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 04:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

these guys were fun live

the grouse of the solitary faggot (donna rouge), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 06:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

i sort of actively avoided bands that sounded like these guys when i was in HS in north jersey (lots of my friends were into the new brunswick uh "scene" but i was too busy being lol indie) and now i'm like "damn, i probably missed out on some stuff"

the grouse of the solitary faggot (donna rouge), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 06:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Haha the first album is almost exactly the same as the first one except shorter and not quite as good.

They're playing Glastonbury in a couple of weeks, which I'm psyched about.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 08:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Someone's gotta say it: DUD DUD DUD. Third-hand nostalgia for shit that wasn't that good in the first place. I mean, if you like Night Ranger, maybe these guys come off as an OK update on that. But does every fucking song have to have the word "tonight" in it?

staggerlee, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 00:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, what I've heard has been pretty uninspiring and rote.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 10 June 2009 00:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Third-hand nostalgia for shit that wasn't that good in the first place.

I'm not gonna argue with this, dudes quote fucking Counting Crows in their lyrics, but i still like it.

some dude, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 00:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've tried listening to the rest of the album, but it's not quite gelling for me yet; I like "Great Expectations" though. It has a great vibe, and the lyrics are so forlorn.

Also, I had a thought; this may be an album that requires a particular context to work best. I'm thinking that it would work a lot better in a bar.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

^^^ this is so true, a bar is where I first heard this band and it sounded pretty great in that context.

But yeah, staggerlee is also OTM, and objectively theres no reason why I should like this. But I do. Just spun the record again this morning and enjoyed 90% of it.

the sideburns are album-specific (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

holy fuck these tickets are more money than i expected them to be

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 23 August 2009 02:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just got a copy of The '59 Sound. Am I gonna love it?

Mordy, Sunday, 23 August 2009 02:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

idk. i hope so. i've been continuously surprised by people's reactions to it.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 23 August 2009 02:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

Turning it on... I'll let you know how it goes.

Mordy, Sunday, 23 August 2009 03:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

continually is i think the word i wanted there

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 23 August 2009 03:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

I like this a lot more than Hold Steady so far.

Mordy, Sunday, 23 August 2009 03:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Their album The 59 Sound is one of those albums I can't stop playing, even though other band have basically done the same before. I really like Brian Fallon's voice.

Marty Innerlogic, Sunday, 23 August 2009 11:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The end of 2009 saw The Gaslight Anthem entering the studio once again with producer Ted Hutt, to begin recording their second album for SideOneDummy Records, due out in the first half of 2010.

goddamn this can't come soon enough, i want to give a shit about a rock record

k3vin k., Saturday, 31 October 2009 05:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

just listening to that EP for the first time now, "blue jeans and white t-shirts" is slaying me

k3vin k., Saturday, 31 October 2009 22:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

wtf dud

akaky akakievich, Saturday, 31 October 2009 23:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

sb

Nanobots: HOOSTEEND (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 31 October 2009 23:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

new lucero album goes well with this btw

Nanobots: HOOSTEEND (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 31 October 2009 23:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

i always kinda sorta wish i'm someone else

k3vin k., Wednesday, 4 November 2009 15:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

let's do this

http://www.myspace.com/thegaslightanthem

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 23 March 2010 19:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

<333 this band

k3vin k., Tuesday, 23 March 2010 19:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

Nice new song.

Marty Innerlogic, Tuesday, 23 March 2010 20:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

ayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 00:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

played great expectations while downing my second double whiskey & coke at the bar yest and i was in...well, heaven isn't the word.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 00:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

i was sort of shocked at how many frat types appeared at their last show

have they always been a fratty band and i just didn't notice with my headphones at home

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 29 November 2012 05:24 (five years ago) Permalink

i had tickets to monday night in boston but couldn't go :(

liljon /bia/ bia (k3vin k.), Thursday, 29 November 2012 05:26 (five years ago) Permalink

'handwritten' would probably be epic live

liljon /bia/ bia (k3vin k.), Thursday, 29 November 2012 05:26 (five years ago) Permalink

i was sort of shocked at how many frat types appeared at their last show

rly

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:17 (five years ago) Permalink

DEFINITELY a fratty band.

just not my thing, I guess. i'm not big on the Americana sound

everythingsgross, Thursday, 29 November 2012 07:55 (five years ago) Permalink

i mean on thought their presence made a lot of sense and i'm not really sure what sort of crowd i expected--*a room full of haunted-eye moleskine clutchers* or whatever--but it struck me as incongruous somehow

can't really finger why

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 30 November 2012 04:53 (five years ago) Permalink

"45" crossed over to hard rock radio a little bit, they are on a major label now, etc. the whole reason indie's been running from anthemic guitar bands the last x years is "man i didn't know there were gonna be baseball caps at this show"

trinidad jokes (some dude), Friday, 30 November 2012 12:11 (five years ago) Permalink

i think maybe it's bcz the bruce influence codes as 'blue collar' to me--though obv that's a whole thing to unpack as like obv not every dad fist pumping at the staples center to darkness on the edge of town is a dust farmer by day--and hollister definitely does not code as blue collar to me

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 1 December 2012 03:20 (five years ago) Permalink

shit collar

buzza, Saturday, 1 December 2012 03:28 (five years ago) Permalink

sure

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 1 December 2012 03:35 (five years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

the album "handwritten" is a tragedy, the first three songs are so amazing

k3vin k., Saturday, 31 August 2013 01:08 (five years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

new one is streaming.

i had no use for it but RIP

http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/08/stream-the-gaslight-anthems-new-album-get-hurt/

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:01 (four years ago) Permalink

"45" crossed over to hard rock radio a little bit, they are on a major label now, etc. the whole reason indie's been running from anthemic guitar bands the last x years is "man i didn't know there were gonna be baseball caps at this show"

― trinidad jokes (some dude), Friday, November 30, 2012 12:11 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

a+ post

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:02 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm never going to love a gaslight album as much as i love american slang, am i? the new one is okay.

Mordy, Monday, 11 August 2014 14:07 (four years ago) Permalink

i am sort of too down on those first three singles to even listen to it man. i'll always love those first three records, all sort of perfect even in their flaws, but yeah--barring some unexpected breakthrough i think i may be out of steam for these guys.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 11 August 2014 14:42 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

man get hurt is just not great

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 05:10 (three years ago) Permalink

i really tried to like it but i got nothing

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 05:10 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

with the benefit of a few years, i think american slang has actually become my favorite record of theirs--59 sound, in retrospect, is too weighed down by fallon straining to fit into The Boss's leather jacket.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 28 January 2016 19:45 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

love the solo album

Mordy, Saturday, 12 March 2016 14:47 (two years ago) Permalink

btw h00s otm american slang is the best album. the new solo reminds me a lot of it.

Mordy, Saturday, 12 March 2016 14:47 (two years ago) Permalink

already got teary once at "i don't want to survive / i want a wonderful life"

Mordy, Saturday, 12 March 2016 14:50 (two years ago) Permalink

I like to think that Fallon runs his albums by Springsteen first, the way Weird Al makes sure his marks are cool with his parodies.

But yeah, this is good. I was afraid to listen to the last GA, since someone said it was more Bon Jovi than Bruce. But this is good.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 March 2016 15:06 (two years ago) Permalink

it's much better than the last GA which i haven't gone back to once. it's how i wanted things to go after american slang + get hurt in terms of GA sound.

Mordy, Saturday, 12 March 2016 15:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Fallon gets more unabashed mileage out of the C-G-Am-F change than every other pop-punk act combined.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 March 2016 15:34 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

love the solo album

― Mordy, Saturday, March 12, 2016 9:47 AM (4 months ago)

whoa what there is a solo album?

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Sunday, 7 August 2016 02:52 (two years ago) Permalink

btw is there a better band to listen to drunk by yourself? i say no

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Sunday, 7 August 2016 02:52 (two years ago) Permalink

btw h00s otm american slang is the best album. the new solo reminds me a lot of it.

― Mordy, Saturday, March 12, 2016 9:47 AM (4 months ago)

this is a little crazy imo. "59 sound" is one of my favorite albums ever

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Sunday, 7 August 2016 02:53 (two years ago) Permalink

tw no idea if anybody else has heard this or loves it like i do, predicting hatred from obvious quarters, but this fuckin kills me

http://www.youtube.com/v/HUgZXTttUTk&feature=related&fs=1&hl=en

― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, October 8, 2010 8:19 PM (5 years ago)

btw hoos you were on point with this post because this is a sick cover

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Sunday, 7 August 2016 03:29 (two years ago) Permalink

tdlr this band fucking rules and no one cares

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Sunday, 7 August 2016 03:30 (two years ago) Permalink

i listened to their whole catalog again just the other day. the new solo album is not as good as the band work but it has its moments

Mordy, Sunday, 7 August 2016 03:43 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm listening to the "b-sides" on spottily and yes i am drunk

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Sunday, 7 August 2016 03:44 (two years ago) Permalink

EVERY WORD HANDWRITTEN

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Sunday, 7 August 2016 03:53 (two years ago) Permalink

i miss 2009-2010 ILX where are the bros posting about this band

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Sunday, 7 August 2016 03:54 (two years ago) Permalink

they mostly rep for carly rae now

Wimmels, Sunday, 7 August 2016 13:25 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

k3vin my man i am feeling u 4 all time

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 03:45 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

first 3 songs on HANDWRITTEN (‘45’ -> ‘handwritten’ -> ‘here comes my man’) are still 10/10 classic and worthy follow ups to the 59 sound

k3vin k., Sunday, 24 December 2017 20:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

Agreed, but it's all downhill from there, sadly. Although Fallon's solo album is pretty great IMHO

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

“The Blue Dahlia”, from the deluxe edition of ‘Handwritten’, is pretty good too.

Loved the Horrible Crowes album when it came out but haven’t listened to it much lately.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

I like the title track from Get Hurt very much tbh

Simon H., Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

I keep meaning to go back to Get Hurt and wrestle something likeable out of it but I flashback to the visceral dislike I had at first listen and don't do it. Maybe I'll try again tonight.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

The solo album was as best as I can remember about as good as a good Gaslight Anthem album.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 20:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

yeah the solo album is good

Simon H., Thursday, 28 December 2017 02:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Huh, I guess Fallon has a new solo album out. Sounds like you'd expect/want it to sound.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

I like this one too. he's in fine voice.

Simon H., Monday, 12 February 2018 20:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

plus i think they know no matter how big they get The 59 Sound is gonna be the record that they need to give people a certain amount of songs from every night.

― flaming goon pie included (some dude), Monday, October 15, 2012 1:07 AM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

http://thepunksite.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Gaslight-Anthem-July-18-Tour.jpg

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

some headlines have it as "gaslight reunion" bcz they haven't played live together since 2015

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

Tbf, after 5 albums in 7 years, three years of indefinite hiatus might as well be 30.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

I adore how shamelessly, earnestly corny/cliched this album is. Great tunes, though. Probably his best batch since "'59," or at least "American Slang."

I guess he says not to expect another Gaslight album, but really, this is close enough.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 17 February 2018 13:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

huh, i suppose i'll have to take a listen

i'd sorta been figuring they'd revive in 5-6 years going Back to Basics

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 18 February 2018 02:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

halfway through and this is solid

k3vin k., Sunday, 18 February 2018 16:57 (seven months ago) Permalink


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