We wanted to let everyone know that we'll all be taking a break from The Gaslight Anthem after this next European tour in August. We're all going to do other projects and stay active in some way or another, both in and out of music, but we'd like to step away from the band until we decide what we'd like to do next. We'd like to recharge and take a step back until we have something we feel excited about rather than going right back to making a record just for the sake of making the next record. We all feel this is the best decision we can make and it feels like the right one for us.
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And I know that people noticed on the last record (2012's Handwritten). I didn't notice this, but I said "radio" a ton of times in all our records, and I was like, "Whoa! And this is a true story we went onstage one night in Germany, and there were a couple of fans there that have come to a lot of shows, and they're really cool people. But they actually had number cards, and every time that I said "radio" in the set, they would hold up a number. And I think I got up to about 12, and I was like, "Oh, my God! Wow, man you need to read a book, dude! I never realized that I used words so often, you know? So now I'm reading anything...
"I thought it was a lot riskier to kind of make the same kind of records we did with the same formula than it was to mix it up," Horowitz said. "We don't want to be that band that attempts to write the same record over and over again just to appease whatever, like critics or fans or anything like that."
There’s something about that song. It’s like everything just kind of stops and that song matters. It makes everything OK. There’s like a 30-second clip of that song toward the end that I think we, as a band, caught magic when we wrote it and recorded it and when we play it that we’ve never done with any other song. It’s like the stars align and we become completely in synch with each other.
Well, the record is what I did during difficulties. But I wouldn’t say the record is directly about the difficulties — not as much as people think. I’m not writing a news column. It’s not like, here’s the details and here’s the street name. It’s not the Kardashians, it’s a band. I want to write songs people can relate to right away. But I try to write in a broader sense. So it may seem very specific, but it’s not necessarily about the things you think. It’s a funny way of trying to articulate yourself in a song, and sometimes it’s very difficult.
We'd like to thank Walmart's Soundcheck platform for sponsoring this week's newsfeed by calling extra attention to The Gaslight Anthem's recent performance and interview over at their website. The Gaslight Anthem released Get Hurt last week and this performance is one of the first studio sessions of new songs from the album. It also includes fan favorite "The '59 Sound" as well as an interview with the band. Personally, I think the sound quality is excellent and if you haven’t checked it out yet -- I would highly recommend it. It also goes without saying that the band's new album is absolutely worth picking up.
“But on this one they’re like, ‘Fuck you guys, you’re not saving anything. This record blows’. I’ve read some pretty funny reviews that are obviously like, ‘Fuck those guys, they suck’. And then I’ve read reviews that are actually like, ‘Whoa, that’s a pretty ballsy move to really change up the game.’”
Damn, wish I had seen this last night -- I could have had three The Gaslight Anthem spots at the top of the page. Noisey sat down with Brian Fallon to talk about the band's new album and how Brian just wants a normal life.
So to save himself from himself, Fallon pulled the plug on all social media and vanished for most of the past year. "I'd had enough of myself," he remembers. "I was like, 'You’re an idiot. You just keep running your stupid mouth and you say things that you don’t mean. And you say them because you’re in the moment and you’re hot about something. So you know what, self? I'm cutting you off. You need to shut up.'"
The Gaslight Anthem's new album, Get Hurt, is now streaming on iTunes. That's one way to end a crazy Monday of news. After you've listened to it tens of times, don't miss the podcast where we discuss the album and see if your thoughts match up at all with ours.
The band tracked down producer Mike Crossey in an effort to see if they could tap into something similar to the British group. "We were like, 'well that sounds different – what would happen if a band like us works with a guy who makes records sound like that?'" says Fallon.
You need to reinvent yourself, you don’t need to reinvent the whole fucking thing. I mean even with the teaser, we’re just fucking with people. Andy Diamond and I are just running down the street and he’s spitting beer out of his mouth, like we were just having some fun with that one. But that was part of the reason… like we would rather people be like, “What the fuck is this?” than say, “Oh another Gaslight album, ho hum”.