Music / The Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight Anthem are a punk/rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, formed in 2005. Strongly influenced by Jersey punk, Bruce Springsteen
, The Clash
and The Replacements
, they have gained some critical acclaim.
- Sink Or Swim (2007)
- The '59 Sound (2008)
- Senor and the Queen (EP) (2008)
- American Slang (2010)
- Handwritten (2012)
- Get Hurt (2014)
The Gaslight Anthem provide examples of:
- Big Applesauce: Brian Fallon's current home and inspiration for American Slang.
- Cover Version: They tend to play several covers live. Some of the most notable ones are State of Love and Trust and Baba O'Riley.
- Glorified Sperm Donor: The song "Keepsake" is about someone tracking down his biological father who's been absent for his entire life, but he doesn't expect much out of any relationship they could have.
And I'm not looking for your love, I'm only sniffing out blood
Just a little taste of where I came from.
- Joisey: Their origin and provider of much inspiration.
- Lyrical Cold Open: "Helter Skeleton" has one.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "The '59 Sound" is actually about a friend dying while the band was playing a gig down the road.
- New Sound Album: American Slang mixed their signature style with Motown/soul influences, while Handwritten, their first major-label record, offered a heavy-hitting classic rock sound. Get Hurt deliberately pushes their sound in new directions, inspired by the Pearl Jam album No Code doing the same.
- Reference Overdosed: Most songs contain lyrical illusions and references to other works.
- Shout-Out: To music (Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Motown, Jersey punk and more), movies ("Here's Looking At You Kid" and "I Coulda Been a Contender") and classic literature (Howl, Great Expectations).
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Very much on the idealistic side.
- Song of Song Titles: "Meet Me By the River's Edge" is more or less a bunch of Springsteen lyric references tied together into a wholly different song.
- Special Guest: The 59 Sound album features guest vocals from Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music) and Dicky Barrett (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), among others.
- Teenage Death Songs: "The 59 Sound"
- Three Chords and the Truth