It is a lot more work to record and write your own record and do everything, thank God I had Butch, who plays a ton of instruments I canít play. When I went into this I wanted it to have energy at times but not sound like Gaslight, which is tough because itís my songs in both.
ďItís tough to use words to describe music, but everything starts out with drums, bass and an acoustic guitar. Thatís what everything starts out as, as weíre playing it. But then on top of that, we are putting electric instruments and guitars into it, but itís not a lot of guitars, so itís not a big rock record Ė but itís not quite a folk record either. I would say itís a singer-songwriter record, but itís not acoustic by any means. Thereís definitely electric instruments in there, but there are a lot of acoustic instruments. Itís still lively Ė thereís still a band going on, and thereís a lot of layering. It doesnít sound...
Weíve been starting every song out with acoustic guitar, vocal, bass, and drums live and then we pretty much build from there. Itís a great way to do it because as each thing goes on top you start to hear more and more of a finished song. Weíre choosing each layer carefully and only putting on what we feel adds to the song, not just layering for the sake of slapping 32 guitars of the same part.
So far thereís been pianos, mandolin, a LOT of 12 string guitars (yes!), a banjo, and one song with pedal steel!!!! What?!? RULES! Iím from NJ, so I never heard pedal steel on...
Brian Fallon has headed into the studio with Butch Walker to begin working on his new solo album, Painkillers, which is set to release in early 2016 via Island Records. He's also announced some new solo tour dates starting in January of next year that you can find in the replies.
Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem joined Butch Walker onstage last night at a concert in Philadelphia. The two duetted for a killer take on "21+", a standout track from Walker's fantastic new album, Afraid of Ghosts. Hit the replies to see a video of the performance.
Well, the record is what I did during difficulties. But I wouldnít say the record is directly about the difficulties ó not as much as people think. Iím not writing a news column. Itís not like, hereís the details and hereís the street name. Itís not the Kardashians, itís 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 itís not necessarily about the things you think. Itís a funny way of trying to articulate yourself in a song, and sometimes itís very difficult.
ďBut on this one theyíre like, ĎFuck you guys, youíre not saving anything. This record blowsí. Iíve read some pretty funny reviews that are obviously like, ĎFuck those guys, they suckí. And then Iíve read reviews that are actually like, ĎWhoa, thatís a pretty ballsy move to really change up the game.íĒ
As one of the opening acts during the December 27th date of The Bouncing Souls' Home for The Holidays show, Brian Fallon debuted his new musical project, Molly and The Zombies. The group, which features bassist Catherine Popper, singer/guitarist Brian McGee and drummer Randy Schrager, played five songs -- three originals and two covers. You can check out some video footage in the replies.
The band on the new album is Brian Bequette (Bass), Brian Fallon (Guitar), Joe Magistro (Drums), Kevin Salem (Production, Guitars and batting clean-up), and of course yours truly. The album will be released next year, but not until I feel it has a snowball's chance in hell. It's too good. Stay tuned, I'll keep you posted.
If you head to TonySly.org you'll find videos and write-ups from a variety of the artists that contributed to the recently released Remembering Tony tribute album. You can also follow the website on Twitter to get updates when new stories are posted. A sample entry from Brian Fallon is included below.
When I was asked to do this tribute, I was somewhere in Denmark. I picked Capo right away. I recorded this song very, very simply, just one guitar and my voice and my harmonica. I did it one night in the winter, it was freezing and quiet and late, like it always is when this kind of song is written or recorded.
To me Capo says, "I'm trying... I'm doing my best, but it's hard...
Brian Fallon has posted a lengthy blog about The Gaslight Anthem's future. The band's going to go dark for a little while.
I'm going to go away from the press and interviews now until we finish writing our next record and find out what we will be in the next chapter of our artistic careers. I have nothing left to say until we find what that next chapter of our band is.
To our fansÖ please bear with us through this awkward period of finding our new legs. Iím being honest with you here because I am grateful for your loyalty to my band.
Iíd also like to say thisÖ What Iím working on Iíd classify as Americana. Itís not from New Jersey, itís not The Gaslight Anthem, in fact, itís not even mine, but itís oursÖ Iím looking to the people who used folk and country music as a tradition and took what was past and moved forward. Wilco, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, the Highwaymen, Bob Dylan, etcÖ Iím not writing about straw hats and gin joints. Iím not writing about nostalgia or a time I wasnít born it. Iím writing about the last two years of my life since we wrote handwritten. This project is going to be based on things I learned early on musically, which were my motherís folk songs....
Head to the replies to watch Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem perform an acoustic set which includes a cover of Brand New's "Sowing Season." If you want to jump to the cover start watching the video at 8:15.
Check out a fantastically in-depth Q&A session with Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) in the replies. This comes from the Red Bull Music Academy sessions we posted about earlier. Definitely worth taking the time to sit down and watch.
Today we've got a pretty awesome performance from The Horrible Crowes playing "Behold the Hurricane" for you. The cut comes from the band's recent Troubadour show in LA. Check it out in the replies. If you haven't picked up the band's new album yet, this is your reminder.