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Jersey anthem rockers the Gaslight Anthem first broke through with The ’59 Sound, in 2008, winning over fans and critics alike. It’s not often a band gets compared to Bruce Springsteen, the Bouncing Souls and Wilson Pickett—and even Pitchfork liked the LP! But the praise was just and the album took the band across the world, where they shared the stage with Jersey Shore hero Springsteen at Glastonbury. But despite finding early success, the Gaslight Anthem (above, doing “45” on Late Show with David Letterman and, below, covering Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust” for Sirius) haven’t relied on the same old thing, instead, changing their sound from album to album. They followed the punk- influenced The ’59 Sound with the roots-y American Slang. And last year they put out Handwritten (stream it below), striking a delicate balance between the two. But regardless of the material, the band remains known for high-energy shows with stage presence to spare. And they’ve got two great shows this weekend at picturesque Hudson River Park Pier 26, tomorrow with the Bouncing Souls and again on Sunday with the Hold Steady.
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By next summer Hudson River Park Pier 26, at North Moore Street in Tribeca, will be the home to an array of worthwhile things, like a restaurant, a boathouse and a dog run, but this summer Pier 26 hosts eight great outdoor shows, beginning tonight with the Specials (above, playing “Gangsters” at Glastonbury) and Little Hurricane. Fun. and Tegan and Sara follow next week with a pair of sold-out shows on Monday and Tuesday, and the Gaslight Anthem make two appearances, too—on 7/26 with the Bouncing Souls and 7/28 with the Hold Steady. OneRepublic, Mayer Hawthorne and Churchill take the stage on 8/10, and Passion Pit play on 9/6 and 9/7 (on sale Friday at noon). But it’s not only about the music. There will also be wine, exclusively from City Winery, and beer and food available on-site. Fight hot nights with cool music. Get outside!
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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.)
The Gaslight Anthem – Radio City Music Hall – September 30, 2010
The Gaslight Anthem, behind its debut full-length and breakthrough record, The ’59 Sound, has performed at a number of Bowery Presents venues over the past two years. Last night, the band played its largest Bowery Presents show to date at the famed, and full, Radio City Music Hall, in support of its newest release, American Slang.
The band took the stage just after 9 p.m. and dove right into “High Lonesome,” “Boxer,” “We Came to Dance” and “Diamond Church Street Choir”—a perfect opening of new, old and older songs. Each one ran into the next, with no verbiage from frontman Brian Fallon and very little fanfare from the audience, until “Diamond Church Street Choir,” which had the crowd yelling, clapping and whistling throughout and Fallon finally breaking his silence afterward. Then the group played “The ’59 Sound,” and the rest of the set pretty much followed the same loud-song-quiet-song format with very few breaks before closing with “The Backseat.”
Despite the size of the venues it’s playing these days, the Gaslight Anthem’s stage show was once again very minimal with nothing more than a few flashy white lights. The band prides itself on being regular guys, so it was refreshing to see that the New Brunswick, N.J., quartet can still play a set that allows the music to speak for itself. And a few hours afterward, the group tweeted its UK publicist: “best show [of] my life.” Congrats, guys. —Kirsten Housel
Photos courtesy of Andy Keilen | spartanmarchingband.smugmug.com/Music
Brian Fallon – The Bowery Ballroom – January 15, 2010
On Friday night, two frontmen stepped away from their bands to play solo sets before a sold-out Bowery Ballroom crowd. Dave Hause, frontman for Philadelphia’s the Loved Ones, opened the show playing a selection of solo material and Loved Ones songs (like “Living Will (Get You Dead)” and “The Odds”) and a cover of the Explosion’s “God Bless the S.O.S.”
Shortly after Hause left the stage, Brian Fallon, frontman for the Gaslight Anthem—out of New Brunswick, N.J.—appeared. Though he didn’t showcase any of his solo work or new stuff from his band, Fallon did play a great combination of covers (including Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and Kelly Clarkson’s “I Do Not Hook Up”) and released TGA material (“Great Expectations,” “The ’59 Sound,” “Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts,” “Miles Davis & the Cool,” “We Came to Dance”).
Early in the set, Fallon said, “When you’re playing with a live band, you try not to ruin it by talking too much. Tonight I’m going to ruin it by talking.” Far from ruining anything, he spoke about bandmate (and show attendee) Alex Levine’s genius-ness, watching Metallica on VH1 Classic and how CCR easily could have been a punk band. Later, when zealous fans incessantly called out song titles, he jokingly asked, “Is this Henry Rollins’ fault?” and laughed about Rollins asking the crowd what they think he should play. The show ended with Hause joining Fallon onstage for four songs, all covers, including the outstanding “Ball and Chain” by Social Distortion. —Kirsten Housel
Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel
The Gaslight Anthem – The Wellmont Theatre – December 12, 2009
Friday night’s Gaslight Anthem show at The Wellmont Theatre was a welcome homecoming for a band that had been on the road supporting its breakthrough album, 2008’s The ’59 Sound, for the better part of the past year. Having already hit other Bowery Presents venues three previous times in 2009 (Webster Hall once and Terminal 5 twice), these Garden State natives decided to end the year with a Jersey celebration that brought together family, friends and fans alike.
Though Gaslight has plans for a new record in 2010, the group’s set didn’t contain any of this new material—a fact that frontman Brian Fallon credited onstage to advances in technology. Regardless, for a band with such a solid (yet limited) back catalog playing pretty much a hometown gig, this didn’t take away anything from the show, as the Gaslight Anthem played most everything they’ve ever released. The audience responded in kind, from the howling woos of “Great Expectations” to raucously belting out “The ’59 Sound.” But the older songs, particularly those off the 2007 release Sink or Swim, elicited the most crowd response. The intensity behind the shouted “two step” refrain on “We Came to Dance” and the full-chorus sing-along to “We’re Getting a Divorce, You Keep the Diner” proved there were more than just new fans at The Wellmont. The band closed the show with “Backseats,” a song that perfectly demonstrates its members’ keen understanding of loud/soft dynamics and eased down the energy for a fitting close. —Kirsten Housel
Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel
The Gaslight Anthem rose up out of the New Brunswick, N.J., basement scene both literally and figuratively. And now they’re playing their final show of the year at The Wellmont Theatre on Friday. Want to go? Then try to Grow a Pair because The House List is giving away two tickets. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (the Gaslight Anthem, 12/11) and a brief message telling us what your favorite late-night sandwich is from one of the Rutgers grease trucks. Eddie Bruiser, who will eat just about anything fried, will notify the winner by noon on Friday. Good luck!
Fake Problems – Mercury Lounge – July 1, 2009
In an age of cookie-cutter bands, Fake Problems has truly created a sound all its own. Some call it folk-punk, as singer Chris Farren’s husky growl is reminiscent of Chuck Ragan’s (Hot Water Music) and Ben Nichols’ (Lucero), but what makes this Naples, Fla., quartet stand alone is not only its ability to stray its sound from such a limiting genre tag, but it’s done without sounding like a hot mess.
Both on record and live, Fake Problems includes much more diverse instrumentation than many of its peers. At last night’s Mercury Lounge show, bassist Derek Perry hopped all over the stage, his lanky body lunging back and forth with each chord played. A set of bongos—which the keyboardist played with drumsticks—and drums rounded out the rhythm section. And a trumpet player completed Fake Problems’ lineup.
Although the band played only a 40-minute set (despite having two full-lengths and an EP), the time spent onstage was well done. A few one-sentence song introductions and a couple shout-outs to guitarist Casey Lee, who was not present due to a family emergency, was all the crowd heard from Farren that wasn’t in song. The title track from 2007’s How Far Our Bodies Go, introduced by Farren as a “sing-along,” got perhaps the best crowd reaction of the night, with the simple melody of “The Dream Team”—the single off the band’s most recent release, It’s Great to Be Alive—coming in at a close second. Fake Problems has already been heralded as this year’s Gaslight Anthem, and surely it won’t playing as intimate a place as Mercury Lounge on its next Northeast trek. —Kirsten Housel
Photos courtesy of Kirsten Housel
Jay Belin is the talent buyer at Mercury Lounge. Lots of music comes his way, but these are the five CDs he’s listening to the most right now. Read below to see why.
Passion Pit, Manners
Who said being young, dumb and full of cum couldn’t get you anywhere? Well, two of three anyway. The hype machine is in full gear and why not—this record rules hard. I heart these guys and that was before hearing this. Manners only makes it easier. (Passion Pit plays two sold-out shows at The Bowery Ballroom this weekend.)
Dawes, North Hills
My love of this record has confused more than one of my friends, but there is something undeniable about the sincerity and musical ability of these youngbloods from the great state of California. It may not land in my wheelhouse, but these days it’s all I want to hear.
Gentlemen Jesse and His Band, Gentlemen Jesse and His Band
Things can go two ways when you hear a band for the first time at a show. This one obviously fell into the positive end of the spectrum. It’s been said before, but they fill the void left in my soul by the Exploding Hearts tragedy.
Crocodiles, “Summer of Hate”
Falling for a band after hearing one song is as dumb as selling the farm after the first date, but sometimes, if you’re lucky, it all works out in the end. The standout “I Wanna Kill” was built for skinny ties and confused Goths on dance floors across the country. (Crocodiles are playing Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.)
The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
If you aren’t obsessed with this record, I’m de-friending you. Sorry for the drama, but seriously, rent a convertible, hit the highway and watch your troubles disappear in the rearview mirror. They’re the best thing to come out of Jersey since the Bouncing Souls (yeah, I went there).
The buzz is big for Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem. They’ve been touring the country following the release of their second album, last-year’s The ’59 Sound. And they finally return to New York City this Friday at Webster Hall. Here is the video for the band’s latest single, “Great Expectations.”