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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 an inspiration for much of American Slang.
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  • 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 a provider of much inspiration.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: Found in "I Could'a Been a Contender," "Red in the Morning," "Say I Won't (Recognize)," "Meet Me By the River's Edge," "Bring It On," "Boxer," "Helter Skeleton," "Red Violins," "Selected Poems," "Dark Places," and "Halloween."
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The song "The '59 Sound" is actually about a friend who died while the band was playing a gig down the road.
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  • New Sound Album: American Slang mixed their signature style with Motown/soul influences, Handwritten, their first major-label record, offered a heavy-hitting classic rock sound, and Get Hurt deliberately pushed their sound in new directions, inspired by the Pearl Jam album No Code doing the same.
  • Reference Overdosed: Many of their earlier songs contain lyrical allusions and references to other works. This has gradually been toned down, but references can still be found.
  • 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 vs. 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.
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  • Special Guest: The '59 Sound 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

Alternative Title(s): Gaslight Anthem

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