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The Gaslight Anthem announce Australian shows

The Gaslight Anthem will be playing four shows in Australia in January-February 2015. The dates and locations are below.

The Gaslight Anthem released their latest album, Get Hurt, last August on Island Records.

DS Show Review/Photo Gallery: The Gaslight Anthem with Against Me! in Boston (9/16/14)

The Gaslight Anthem (L to R): Alex R., Brian, Benny, Ian, Baby Wade and Alex L.

While it may be a little self-serving to admit, news that The Gaslight Anthem were bringing Against Me! out as direct support for the first US leg of the U.S tour in support of Get Hurt quickly made for one of the more eagerly-anticipated concert events in recent memory (save, maybe, for the nostalgia-inducing Summer Nationals tour that featured The Vandals, Pennywise and Bad Religion supporting The Offspring as the latter band celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their breakthrough hit album, Smash). In this lowly writer’s opinion, both Get Hurt and Against Me’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues have been on the short list of Best Albums of 2014 since their very spins on the trusty old record player.

Technically speaking, this writer must offer a mea culpa to Twopointeight: the Swedish punks were first opener on this evening, however the early start time and infamous Boston traffic and parking conundrums meant that, like many people, I was unable to catch the majority of the band’s set. Next time, fellas…next time.

While I haven’t talked to her in order to confirm my suspicions, I strongly believe that while 2014 may have been trying in myriad ways (the least of which include replacing the band’s entire rhythm section and dealing with patronizingly tone-deaf reviews of Transgender Dysphoria Blues by at least one major publication with whom I share a last name), performing the intensely personal new album live alongside longtime friend and bandmate James Bowman appears to have had immense cathartic value for Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace. Grace has made a career of being the type of intense, cut-a-vein-open-and-bleed-out-on-stage performer that the foundation of the protest punk ethos was built upon. And while that intensity is still ever-present, what’s equally obvious is the amount of fun that Grace is having (despite, on this night, seemingly being plagued by a little vocal hoarseness as the night went on). The rhythm section of the great Atom Willard (drums) and Inge Johannson (bass) paced the charge, each playing like a man possessed (the latter an almost comically demonic end, as evidenced in the pictures below) as the band ripped through “Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong” as the opening song. What followed was a fairly decent career-spanning forty-five minute set. Highlight tracks from the Transgender Dysphoria Blues, including the title track, “True Trans Soul Rebel” and “Black Me Out” have a natural home alongside longtime favorites like “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” and “Don’t Lose Touch.” Though the crowd was not perhaps a stereotypical AM! crowd given their opening slot, the bulk of the audience seemed just as energized by Against Me!’s set as they were with the headliners.

Though Against Me!’s current lineup has only been touring as a unit for under a year, they’ve quickly solidified as a tight, dynamic force on stage. When in a support role, this has the effect of keeping the headliners honest, making sure that the main act are primed and loaded for bear.  The Gaslight Anthem responded in kind with all guns blazing, ripping through a tight rendition of Get Hurt opener “Stay Vicious.” As expected, the band’s stellar new album featured prominently in the set (seven of the twenty-one TGA originals). Those familiar with a little of the back story in the Gaslight camp over the past year or so will note that, like Against Me!, the band (and frontman Brian Fallon) have been met with a fair amount of personal and professional tumult. And while Get Hurt can unquestionably be referred to as Fallon’s breakup album, one can’t help but notice that 2014-era Brian Fallon seems to play with a bit of a weight no longer on his shoulders. Indeed, perhaps the only person on stage all night visibly getting more enjoyment out of playing live more than Laura Jane Grace on this night was Fallon, whose smile seemed welded on as a permanent part of his face. His trademark between-song banter was lighthearted (introducing “Blue Jeans And White T-Shirts” as the “most circle-pit inspiring song we have” in response to some good-natured ribbing from an audience member).

There was perhaps a Pearl Jam-esque arena rock quality to the band’s set, though the requisite “for the old school fans” songs like “We Came To Dance” and “1930” fit in nicely amongst a set primarily culled from the band’s post-’59 Sound catalog. While some in the crowd may have questioned the band for closing with a cover, The Who’s classic high-energy, youth rock pre-punk paean (and longtime Pearl Jam live staple) “Baba O’Riley” seemed to accurately capture where the band are a decade into their career. Perhaps we (and I’m including myself in this) can finally knock off the cheap Vedder and Springsteen comparisons and fully appreciate what The Gaslight Anthem are: not only willing but, more importantly, perfectly capable of maintaining the authentic, songwriter-inspired American rock and roll torch for years going forward.

Check out our gallery of Against Me! and The Gaslight Anthem photos from the show below. Click on the actual pictures to see ’em in all their full-sized glory!

The Gaslight Anthem performs “Get Hurt” on Letterman

In case you missed it last night, we have for you The Gaslight Anthem‘s performance of their song “Get Hurt” on The David Letterman Show.

The song is the title track of the band’s latest album, which was just released last week on Island Records.

Check out the Letterman performance below.

Album Review: The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt”

Since the band’s inception, and particularly since the release of The ‘59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthem has drowned in comparisons and accusations of sounding too much like Bruce Springsteen and writing too many songs about classic cars, and women named Maria. This is in spite of the fact they have been working on slowly building their own sound and haven’t written a song mentioning Cadillacs or Marias since 2008. The band, and more specifically front-man Brian Fallon, has expressed frustration with the comparisons in the past, and stated several times while promoting the band’s fifth studio album, Get Hurt, to expect to hear some “new things”. While 2012’s Handwritten had a song or two that was a bit of a musical departure for the quartet, Get Hurt, for better and for worse, goes all out in its expansion.

With a variety of sounds, Get Hurt is one big love letter to the huge rock anthems of the decades past. Even the album cover, in all of its big, dumb glory, recalls the minimalist cover art of rock bands from the 70’s and 80’s. The Gaslight Anthem has never really been shy about being influenced by a range of acts, but this is really the first time that some of those influences are expressed in a way that isn’t just a cover song. From trying their hand at the loud/soft dynamics of grunge (“Stay Vicious”, “Ain’t That a Shame”), and atmospheric, moody ballads (“Underneath the Ground”, the Tom Petty-esque ballad “Break Your Heart”) to venturing into twangy territory (deluxe tracks “Sweet Morphine” and “Mama’s Boys”) and going all out rock (“Helter Skeleton”, “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”), the band covers more ground than they’ve ever done before. It doesn’t always work: there are clashing tempos and some weird shifts from track-to-track but at the very least it’s a change of pace from what’s normally expected from The Gaslight Anthem. They do, however, close out the album proper on a pretty familiar note, not so coincidentally making it the best closer to one of their albums in six years.

The sonic exploration isn’t the only new direction that the band takes here. Lyrically, Get Hurt shows Fallon at the most personal he’s ever been on record. There are less characters in his tales here, having been replaced by “I” statements and some dark places: “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Stay Vicious” both reference several types of pills and other drugs, there are plenty of straight up breakup songs, and the final track is even just called “Dark Places”. Whether this is an intentional move on Fallon’s part to distance the album from older material, or if the new songwriting style is the natural response to major events going on in his life is kind of cloudy, but regardless of the reason for the lyrical shift, it’s easily the strongest aspect of Get Hurt. Fallon still borrows from other artists (Pearl Jam gets referenced to in “Selected Poems”), but the best lines are the originals that cut deep and to the point: “I came here to get hurt / might as well do your worst to me” (from “Get Hurt”); “I want to thank you all for your courtesy / I want to thank you all for watching us bleed.” (from “Underneath the Ground”).

As far as breaking out of the mold goes, Get Hurt is pretty successful. Rather than play it safe, the band takes some risks this time around resulting in an album that doesn’t just come off as an extension of previous work. Unfortunately in the process of climbing out of the niche that the band has carved for themselves, the final product is a little uneven. The sequencing is partially to blame, as the energy abruptly shifts a few too many times during the album’s middle, but even in another order there just might be too many ideas crammed into these twelve songs (sixteen, if you include the deluxe and iTunes bonus tracks) to give it a perfect flow. It’s a contrived complaint, sure, but the differences in tempos and styles almost feel like the songs came from various recording sessions over a period of years, almost like a b-sides compilation instead of a studio album.

Minor complaints aside, Get Hurt is not a bad album. It trips and stumbles around, the hooks aren’t always as immediate, and the lyrical shift might take some time to sink in for some (it will be interesting to hear how some of these songs work their way into live shows). All-in-all, however, it’s a stepping stone for The Gaslight Anthem into the next phase of their career, and it will be exciting to see where they go from here.

3.5 / 5 Stars

RIYL: Chuck Ragan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Pearl Jam

Brian Fallon to compose “Oriole Park” movie soundtrack, contribute three new songs

The Gaslight Anthem (and The Horrible Crowes…and Molly and the Zombies…) frontman Brian Fallon has signed officially signed up to enter the world of the movie soundtrack composer.

Fallon will reportedly be writing three new songs and composing the soundtrack for the upcoming film Oriole Park. Set in Chicago circa 1978, the film is billed as “a coming-of-age story set in 1978 in Chicago’s Oriole Park neighborhood, against the backdrop of a community living in the shadow of John Wayne Gacy.” Sounds cheery…

Anyway, Oriole Park will be directed by Kevin Slack, who previously collaborated with Fallon as director of TGA’s videos for “Here Comes My Man,” “Bring It On,” and “Handwritten” as well as Dave Hause’s “C’Mon Kid,” The Bouncing Souls’ “Coin Toss Girl” and more. It’ll star Tom Arnold and Joey King (Crazy, Stupid Love). Stay tuned for more details.

Video: The Gaslight Anthem perform studio session and interview for… Walmart

Walmart is absolutely desperate for you to think they are a cool brand and to prove it to you they’ve shelled out what I’m assuming was a good amount of dough to record a live studio performance with The Gaslight Anthem.  Whether or not this ploy will win over any new brand loyalists for the corporation is anybody’s guess but if you dig Gaslight its worth checking out.  There’s an interview about the new album “Get Hurt” as part of it too and you can watch it here.

Get Hurt was released on August 12th through Island Records.

The Gaslight Anthem talk about their new album “Get Hurt”

The Gaslight Anthem recently sat down with Exclaim! TV to talk about their new album Get Hurt.

Check it out below.

Get Hurt was released today, August 12th, through Island Records.

Dying Scene Countdown 003: The Week of 08/09/2014

Hey folks! Check out the new episode of the Dying Scene Podcast. We count down the top 10 tracks of the week, voted by your clicks! This week we’ve got The Gaslight Anthem, Five Iron Frenzy, New Found Glory, and more!

Check it out below.

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The Gaslight Anthem release two ‘making of’ videos for “Get Hurt”

The Gaslight Anthem have released two ‘making of’ videos for their album “Get Hurt.”

You can watch the videos below.

Get Hurt is set to be released on August 12th through Island Records.

The Gaslight Anthem streaming new album “Get Hurt”

The Gaslight Anthem are currently streaming their upcoming album Get Hurt in its entirety through iTunes.  You can give that a listen here.

Get Hurt is set to be released on August 12th through Island Records.

The Gaslight Anthem release music video for “Rollin’ and Tumblin'”

The Gaslight Anthem have released a music video for their song “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” and you can check it out below.

The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album Get Hurt, which is set to be released on August 12th through Island Records.

The Gaslight Anthem stream new song “Stay Vicious”

The Gaslight Anthem have released another new song off of their upcoming album Get Hurt. You can listen to “Stay Vicious” below.

The Gaslight Anthem will release Get Hurt on August 12th via Island Records.

Music Video: The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt”

The Gaslight Anthem have released a music video for their song “Get Hurt.” The tune will act as the title track for the band’s upcoming album. You can watch the video below.

The Gaslight Anthem will release Get Hurt on August 12th via Island Records

The Gaslight Anthem post “Get Hurt” music video teaser, announce custom Macbeth shoe

As you’re no doubt aware by now, Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem have got a new album out in a few weeks. They recently filmed a video for the album’s title track, “Get Hurt.” And while the video itself is due out tomorrow, the band are teasing us with a little snippet today. Check it out here.

In other TGA news, the band have teamed up with footwear company Macbeth for an all vegan, Gaslight Anthem inspired shoe. Click here for details.

“Get Hurt” (the album”) is due out August 12th via Island Records. The band will embark on a tour with the likes of Against Me!, Twopointeight and more shortly thereafter. Details here.

The Gaslight Anthem move up release date for upcoming album “Get Hurt”

The Gaslight Anthem have moved up the release date for their upcoming album “Get Hurt,” announcing it will now be released on August 12th through Island Records.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on “Get Hurt” come to light. The album serve as the follow-up to 2012’s “Handwritten.”