It never ceases to stun me when bands like this (who tend to evolve with each record) release an album that sounds different, fans are shocked. Brian basically said earlier, in that one quote that they didn't want to completely alienate people and sort of "lead them along" with some bits that bridge the gap. Which is something they've always done (Se˝or & The Queen is the first instance, I can think of--where the band started to shift their sound; and it served as a great "bridge" between Sink Or Swim and The '59 Sound).
Sort of like the people who were surprised by the directions A.F.I. or Thrice wound up taking later in their careers. I don't know. Maybe I overthink this shit, but it very rarely catches me off guard. (The songs do, but not the fact that the bands wrote those songs. If that makes sense.)
Not to mention Brian said something to the effect of him wanting their next record (i.e., this one) to be their "No Code", Pearl Jam's "experimental" record that alienated fans who wanted another "Vs" or "Vitalogy". Bums me out when people say shit like "I hope they go back to their Sink or Swim sound this time".
Like…no. Good record, great songs, but no. Bands like Gaslight grow and evolve. And they're all the better for it.