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First Impressions: The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
First Impressions: The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
05/16/12 at 08:56 PM by Jason Tate
There are moments when I'm listening to The Gaslight Anthem that I start to get this odd feeling in my stomach ... it's this feeling that starts in my abdomen and then crawls upward toward the chest. It's this feeling that I'm witnessing something special. That I'm seeing something classic, timeless, spark up in front of me - and that I would be forever wrong to turn away. It's this feeling that I'm inside of a time capsule ... and 20, 30, 50 years from now there will be someone listening to these songs and wondering what it was like to hear them when the band first wrote them. To experience them when they first hit the airwaves.

It's the same feeling when I ask my dad what it was like to live through Elvis. The Beatles. Bob Dylan. When I ask if he ever stopped and...[read more]
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09:08 PM on 05/16/12
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holy. fucking. wow.
09:57 PM on 05/16/12
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This is most excellent.
10:01 PM on 05/16/12
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I wonder if Jason likes this record though.
10:07 PM on 05/16/12
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This is beautiful writing, Jason...seriously, wow.
I can't wait to hear the new album.
10:08 PM on 05/16/12
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there is something extremely beautiful in this. I am more jealous than I can quantify, not because you have the album, but because you are able to experience that rush of a feeling... That feeling where you think Brian is writing directly about your life... before everyone else. Gaslight Anthem songs to me aren't simply about listening, it's an entire experience.
10:24 PM on 05/16/12
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yes. great post.
10:32 PM on 05/16/12
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TGA brings out the lyrical nature of your writing
12:00 AM on 05/17/12
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Oh Jason, your writing is making my eyes wet. I'm hoping the album will acheive the same.
12:52 AM on 05/17/12
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Wow. Dude can fucking write.
02:52 AM on 05/17/12
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Thanks for writing this, it beautifully shows the impact music can have on life. And how badass this band is.
03:58 AM on 05/17/12
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That was an insane piece of writing.
05:14 AM on 05/17/12
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OHHH MAGOSH (in a sassy girl voice)!!
05:20 AM on 05/17/12
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That was a great read, Jason. I completely trust your opinons, and can't even express how excited I am for this album. I've always looked forward to Gaslight's new releases, but this one is different. This one sounds like it has the potential and substance to give them all the success they're after. So much love for my fellow Jersey dudes.

Reading this post seriously makes me want to take up writing.
09:33 AM on 05/17/12
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Great read, so stoked for this album!
10:07 AM on 05/17/12
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Aw, thank you - everyone ... really appreciate all the comments.
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