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2005 in New Brunswick, NJ


Years Active:
'00s, '10s

The Gaslight Anthem


The Gaslight Anthem rose out of the fertile punk scene of New Brunswick, New Jersey, flaunting a unique style that melded the influence of Bruce Springsteen, Wilson Pickett, and various Motown groups with the rough, emotional grit of Hot Water Music and Jawbreaker. The band — comprised of vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon, bassist Alex Levine, drummer Benny Horowitz, and guitarist Alex Rosamilia — began establishing a hometown audience after forming in 2005, and their soulful punk rock attracted wider attention upon the release of their first full-length album, Sink or Swim. Arriving in May 2007 via the local imprint XOXO Records, the album garnered accolades from punk zines and blogs alike. The increasing popularity was enough to score gigs with the likes of Against Me! and the Draft, and by the end of 2007, the Gaslight Anthem had played over 200 shows. . The band managed to secure enough downtime between tour dates to record a four-song EP, Señor and the Queen, in Austin. The EP appeared in early 2008, as did an offer to join the roster of the California-based indie label Side One Dummy. The Gaslight Anthem signed with Side One Dummy and released their sophomore effort, The '59 Sound, later that year. Featuring a rough, rousing sound that took its cues from Social Distortion's melodic punk and Bruce Springsteen's heartland rock, the album found an audience not only in America — where eMusic deemed it the number one record of 2008 — but also in Europe, where Springsteen himself joined the musicians during their set at the 2009 Glastonbury festival. Following the Glastonbury performance, sales of The '59 Sound grew by 200-percent, whetting the public's demand for a follow-up.

The band rounded out the year by playing additional festivals — including Lollapalooza, Pinkpop, Reading, and Leeds — before returning to the studio in early 2010. Working again with Ted Hutt, the same producer who helped them shape The '59 Sound, the bandmates wrote and recorded the songs that eventually comprised their third album, American Slang. The following year, the band announced that they were leaving Side One Dummy to sign on with Mercury Records, and in early 2012 began work on what would be their first album for their new label home, Handwritten, which was released later that year. Breaking from the heartland rock mold of their earlier work, the band began to explore other influences, incorporating elements of power pop and '70s rock into their fifth album, Get Hurt, which arrived in 2014. ~ Corey Apar & Andrew Leahey, Rovi

Top Albums

1. Sink or Swim
The '59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthem
2. The '59 Soun..
Get Hurt (Deluxe Version), The Gaslight Anthem
3. Get Hurt (De..
Handwritten (Deluxe Edition), The Gaslight Anthem
4. Handwritten ..
American Slang, The Gaslight Anthem
5. American Sla..
Sink or Swim, The Gaslight Anthem
6. Sink or Swim
Señor and the Queen - EP, The Gaslight Anthem
7. Señor and t..
iTunes Session, The Gaslight Anthem
8. iTunes Sessi..
Handwritten, The Gaslight Anthem
9. Handwritten
The B-Sides, The Gaslight Anthem
10. The B-Sides
Live At Park Ave. - EP, The Gaslight Anthem
11. Live At Park..
Get Hurt, The Gaslight Anthem
12. Get Hurt
Stay Vicious (Karaoke Version) - Single, La-Le-Lu
13. Stay Vicious..
45 - Single, The Gaslight Anthem
14. 45 - Single
State of Love and Trust - Single, The Gaslight Anthem
15. State of Lov..
Songs for Teenagers - Single, Fake Problems
16. Songs for Te..
The '59 Sound / Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - Single, The Gaslight Anthem
17. The '59 Soun..

Top Songs

Get HurtGet Hurt (Deluxe Version)3:43$1.29
Break Your HeartGet Hurt (Deluxe Version)4:20$1.29
Rollin' and Tumblin'Get Hurt (Deluxe Version)2:50$1.29
4545 - Single3:21$1.29
Get HurtGet Hurt3:43$1.29
Old White Lincoln'59 Sound3:29$1.29
'59 Sound'59 Sound3:13$1.29
1,000 YearsGet Hurt (Deluxe Version)3:38$1.29
Have MercyGet Hurt (Deluxe Version)3:21$1.29
Stay ViciousGet Hurt (Deluxe Version)3:33$1.29
"45"Handwritten (Deluxe Edition..3:24$1.29
She Loves YouAmerican Slang3:44$0.99
American SlangAmerican Slang3:41$0.99
Meet Me By the River's Edge'59 Sound3:22$0.99
High Lonesome'59 Sound3:09$0.99
Great Expectations'59 Sound3:09$1.29
Red At NightSink or Swim3:07$0.99
We're Getting a Divorce, You Kee..Sink or Swim3:11$0.99
DriveSink or Swim2:55$0.99
Angry Johnny and the RadioSink or Swim3:00$0.99
I'da Called You Woody, JoeSink or Swim3:21$0.99
Navesink BanksSink or Swim2:48$0.99
1930Sink or Swim3:44$0.99
We Came to DanceSink or Swim3:33$0.99
WoodersonSink or Swim2:11$0.99

Top Music Videos

The '59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthem
1. The '59 Sound
Great Expectations, The Gaslight Anthem
2. Great Expecta...
American Slang, The Gaslight Anthem
3. American Slan...
"45", The Gaslight Anthem
4. "45"...
Old White Lincoln, The Gaslight Anthem
5. Old White Lin...
Handwritten, The Gaslight Anthem
6. Handwritten
Here Comes My Man, The Gaslight Anthem
7. Here Comes My...
Get Hurt, The Gaslight Anthem
8. Get Hurt
Every Word Handwritten, The Gaslight Anthem
9. Every Word Ha...
Rollin' and Tumblin', The Gaslight Anthem
10. Rollin' and T...


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