Gotta give it to those Jersey boys - they are tight. The Gaslight Anthem, from New Brunswick, NJ, opened for fellow Jersey native Bruce Springsteen at '09's London's Hard Rock Calling festival.
At the Glastonbury Festival, also in England, Springsteen joined the band onstage for "The '59 Sound." Frontman Brian Fallon returned the favor by singing "No Surrender" with Springsteen during the latter's set. Not bad having "The Boss" on your side.
Veterans of several Jersey Punk outfits, The Gaslight Anthem, released their debut, "Sink Or Swim," in '07. An EP landed ("Senor And The Queen") before the group's '08 sophomore set "The '59 Sound."
British music magazine Kerrang! took notice calling The Gaslight Anthem "The best new band you'll hear in '08." They were also the first band to appear on the cover without the magazine having written about them prior. And just to be consistent, Kerrang! named the group the "Best International Newcomer" in '09.
Returning to the studio again with Ted Hutt, he produced "The '59 Sound," The Gaslight Anthem cut their '10 album "American Slang."
The supporting tour for the album included a U.S. and Europe component. With that wrapped up and Fallon working on Gaslight Anthem's next effort, it was announced that they had left SideOneDummy and signed with Mercury Records, stating it was "necessary for their musical career."
Recorded in Nashville, Gaslight Anthem's fourth album, "Handwritten," was issued in '12 and contained the single "45."
Later that year, Gaslight Anthem performed Pearl Jam's "State Of Love and Trust" with Eddie Vedder on vocals at the DeLuna Fest in Pensacola. To no one's surprise, Fallon cited Pearl Jam's "No Code" as an influence and inspiration for the group's upcoming album.
But before that album saw the light of day, Gaslight Anthem issued a limited edition box set titled "Singles Collection: 2008-2011." That was followed by their first DVD, titled Live In London, and "The B-Sides," a collection of acoustic songs, live songs, and outtakes.
With the repackaging accomplished, Gaslight Anthem began work on "Get Hurt." Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Mike Crossey, the album, containing the single "Stay Vicious," arrived in August, '14. Fallon claimed they'd "really changed up a lot of the sounds."
"Get Hurt" made its debut at #4 on the Billboard 200.
Gaslight Anthem Albums:
2007 Sink Or Swim
2008 The '59 Sound
2010 American Slang
2014 Get Hurt
Gaslight Anthem leans Punk, crossing The Clash with Bruce Springsteen.
Anytime there is talk of The Gaslight Anthem the conversation usually revolves around Fallon. Yeah, he's the frontman, songwriter and spokesperson. But the one who really drives "America Slang" is Rosamilia. His guitar lines are nothing short of brilliant as he propels the material - with backing by Levine and Horowitz - to impressive levels."