American Slang is the third studio album by New Jersey based rock group The Gaslight Anthem. It was released on June 15, 2010 on SideOneDummy Records, which released their previous album, The '59 Sound. The album was produced by The '59 Sound producer Ted Hutt.
Fallon stated in an NYC in-studio session, "All these songs came to me in my head. I didn't sit down at the guitar or piano or write lyrics, they all just were kind of there one day."
Lead singer songwriter Brian Fallon said that American Slang will move away from the 1950's inspired sound of The '59 Sound. He began writing for the new album in the summer of 2009 while on tour in support of The '59 Sound.
The album was recorded and produced at the New York Magic Shop record studio.
The album was released on June 15, 2010 on SideOneDummy Records. It is the band's second release for the label.
The band released the first single from the album, "American Slang", on their Facebook page on March 23, 2010, along with a full tracklist and cover art. Punknews.org. March 23, 2010.
Uncut magazine (July 2010 issue) gave American Slang a 5 star rating and declared it its 'album of the month'. "American Slang delivers spectacularly on all expected fronts. Everything that was great about The '59 Sound is here, but the sound is even bigger, epic without getting blustery." Rock Sound magazine gave the album a 9/10 and also declared it its 'album of the month'.
In December 2010, Exclaim! named American Slang the No. 19 Pop & Rock Album of the year. Exclaim! writer Ben Conoley said "American Slang is somehow your old man and your best friend all at once."
Big Cheese magazine (June 2010 issue) also gave the album 5 stars, saying that "The Gaslight Anthem have created the all-American album that travels by keeping its subject matter to that which everyone can relate to: the pain of a broken heart, salvation from the radio and love by the lights of the bar. The record is a perfect marriage of expert storytelling, superb musicianship and classic melodies."
Classic Rock magazine gave the album 8/10 and declared that "New and old fans alike will be speaking American Slang this summer."
The album reached the #3 position on the UK midweek album charts during its first week.
The album debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200, moving 27,000 copies, MTV.com. June 23, 2010. and was the #1 independent album for that week. Billboard.com. June 23, 2010.
"Rolling Stone" magazine gave the album 3½ stars out of five, saying that "American Slang arrives with serious advance buzz: The choruses are more sculpted, but the band's tough-as-leather rush is as hard as ever, and Fallon howls so hard, he sounds like he's aiming to get a section of the Jersey Turnpike named after him."
The album currently holds a Metascore of 80% on Metacritic, based on 28 professional reviews.
* Brian Fallon - lead vocals, guitar
* Alex Rosamilia - guitar, vocals
* Alex Levine - bass, vocals
* Benny Horowitz - drums
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The Gaslight Anthem is an American rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, consisting of Brian Fallon (lead vocals, guitar), Alex Rosamilia (guitar, backing vocals), Alex Levine (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Benny Horowitz (drums, percussion, tambourine). They released their first album, Sink or Swim, on XOXO Records in May 2007, and their second album, The '59 Sound, on SideOneDummy Records in August 2008. The band's third album, American Slang, was released on June 15, 2010.
Sink or Swim (2007–2008)
The Gaslight Anthem's full length debut Sink or Swim was well received by both independent music review sites such as punknews.org, AbsolutePunk.net, and more mainstream publications such as Spin.com.
A 4-song EP titled Señor and the Queen was released on February 5, 2008 through Sabot Productions. A double-7" vinyl version of the EP was also released on standard black vinyl, as well as limited edition pressings on clear vinyl, red vinyl (500 copies), and white vinyl (100 copies).
The '59 Sound (2008–2009)
The band's second full-length album, The '59 Sound, was released on August 19, 2008 through SideOneDummy Records.Conoley, Ben., Exclaim!, September 2008. The record was produced by Ted Hutt and features Hot Water Music's Chris Wollard and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones's Dicky Barrett as guests. The album was voted the #1 album of 2008 by eMusic, and received a high rating from Pitchfork Media.
The title of the first song on the album named Great Expectations makes reference to the character Estella of the Charles Dickens' book.
In 2008, the band covered "God's Gonna Cut You Down" for the Johnny Cash tribute album All Aboard! A Tribute to Johnny Cash. In 2009, the band's song "I'da Called You Woody, Joe" was featured as part of the soundtrack of the video game Skate 2 and Skate It. The band sometimes covers Tom Petty's "American Girl" and "Refugee" live.
In 2009, The Gaslight Anthem supported Social Distortion on their European tour and was announced as a support act for Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park Calling.
At England's Glastonbury Festival on June 27, 2009, Bruce Springsteen joined the band on stage during their performance of "The '59 Sound." Brian Fallon later contributed to Springsteen's headlining set, performing the song "No Surrender." At London's Hard Rock Calling festival on June 28, the band was again joined by Springsteen on stage and again performed "The '59 Sound." As with Glastonbury, Fallon contributed to Springsteen's headlining set and joined him in singing "No Surrender".
On August 6, 2008 the band made British music history becoming the first band to ever appear on the cover of Kerrang! magazine without the magazine having previously written about them. Kerrang! called them "The best new band you'll hear in 2008." In addition, the band has received airplay on BBC6 Music, and embarked on a UK & European tour in November. In August 2009, The Gaslight Anthem won the 2009 Kerrang! Award for "Best International Newcomer".
On August 7, 2009, The Gaslight Anthem performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and played at Pinkpop on June 1, 2009.
The band performed at the UK's Reading and Leeds Festivals in late August, and has finished an extensive North American headline tour set for September and October. Murder By Death, Frank Turner, The Loved Ones, Jesse Malin, The Measure (SA), and Ninja Gun performed in the support slots on this tour.
American Slang (2010–present)
The Gaslight Anthem entered the studio once again with producer Ted Hutt to record their second album for SideOneDummy Records.
The band's new album, titled American Slang, was released on June 14, 2010 in the UK and June 15, 2010 in the USA . According to frontman Brian Fallon, the songwriting on the new album is different than on the band's previous efforts. He names the Stones, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominoes as influences...
In addition to 5 UK dates, the band have been confirmed to play at festivals including Bonnaroo Festival, The Austin City Limits Music Festival, Southside Festival, Hurricane Festival, Hard Rock Calling, Rock Werchter, The Guernsey Festival of Performing Arts, A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise, Reading and Leeds Festivals. and Øyafestivalen.
Details of North American tour dates were announced on April 27, 2010 on a new website for American Slang ..
As of July 2010, Fallon said he was already working on new material...
The Gaslight Anthem toured the UK and Europe at the end of 2010 with support from Chuck Ragan and Sharks.http
On his blog, Fallon stated the band would start writing their record in January 2011. During this time, Fallon will also be working with good friend, Ian Perkins putting the finishing touches on their side project, The Horrible Crowes. Fallon stated on his blog that they are very close to finishing the album and that fans can expect an album soon.http
The Gaslight Anthem are scheduled to play this years Download Festival.http
The Gaslight Anthem are scheduled to play at this year's Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey.http
Description and influences
"he Gaslight Anthem is part of a rich tradition of New Jersey punk, spanning the Misfits to the Bouncing Souls.". The Gaslight Anthem's music also embraces many elements of the Jersey Shore sound. Brian Fallon's fondness for Springsteen, a significant influence on their music, is a fact celebrated by fans and critics alike. However the band claims they never set out to sound like the New Jersey icon.. Representative of such views, one critic wrote, "The Gaslight Anthem are like something out of speculative fiction: this is what pop music would be if Springsteen hadn't listened to his producer, let The Ramones record Hungry Heart, and launched the C.B.G.B.'ers into megastardom.""Review of 'Senor and the Queen.'" . Drummer Benny Horowitz and guitarist Alex Rosamilia stated that "We're more Bruce Springsteen appreciators. We didn't start listening to him until we joined the band. I always liked his songs when I heard them, but I wasn't a big fan until I met Brian .".
Following the release of their third full-length album, American Slang, Fallon himself said, "There's so much else that we look at for our sound and influences that you don't want to be notched in with one guy," Fallon explains. "There's a lot of things does that I admire. We come from a lot of the same places but a lot of different places, too. But at the same time, that's a good thing to be compared to. I think it's one of those things we're gonna have to wear until it wears out.". Of the Springsteen comparisons, Rosamilia also added, "I think there's enough out there on the Internet about that already.".
Joe Strummer has often been spoken about and referenced by lead singer Brian Fallon and the song "I'da Called You Woody, Joe," is a tribute to the legendary Clash frontman. Fallon has a tattoo of Strummer. As stated in multiple interviews with members of the band, there is an influence of the motown genre. This influence was exemplified and magnified on the album The '59 Sound.
Brian Fallon has stated several times that without The Replacements there would be no Gaslight Anthem, as they are heavily influenced by them, especially their song 'Left of the Dial'.
* Brian Fallon - lead vocals, guitar (2005–present)
* Alex Rosamilia - guitar, backing vocals (2005–present)
* Alex Levine - bass, backing vocals (2005–present)
* Benny Horowitz - drums, percussion, tambourine (2005–present)
* Ian Perkins - guitar (2010)
* Sink or Swim (2007)
* The '59 Sound (2008)
* American Slang (2010)
*Music of New Jersey
*Jersey Shore sound
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