The Gaslight Anthem – Terminal 5 – November 28, 2012
After being on the road practically since May, the Gaslight Anthem played the first of three homecoming shows last night at Terminal 5. They’ve been supporting their newest release, Handwritten (which came out in the middle of their tour), and the set featured plenty new material. Some of the up-tempo songs, like “45” and “Here Comes My Man,” matched up well with such older tunes as “American Slang,” by far the highlight of the night.
The show began slowly: That is to say the band walked onto a stage lit with candles and smelling of burning incense, and the first song they eased into was the slow-paced “Mae.” Other similar moments throughout the set seemed to hint at what the band’s future holds (or at least, could hold). Because Handwritten has begun to showcase the band’s depth, and their shows now seem to reflect that.
Not only is frontman Brian Fallon starting to display more on his own with his solo acoustic work, but the band appears to be taking advantage of this change, rather than just sticking with the (albeit fine-tuned) up-tempo rockers, which they still do extremely well. In fact, right after “Mae,” Gaslight jumped right into their big hit, “The ’59 Sound,” and then continued on into the night. —Sean O’Kane
(A few tickets remain for tonight’s Gaslight Anthem show at Terminal 5.)