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The Gaslight Anthem Interview

March 23rd, 2009 by Crossfire

The Gaslight Anthem have already attracted widespread praise from the likes of Kerrang!, who named their album ‘The ’59 Sound‘ number 2 album of the year and the NME also featured it as one of their albums of 2008. It is an album that transcends boundaries between rock and indie, embodying a classic rock and roll feel for the modern age. The band will be playing festivals across the world over the summer and their live show is one you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

With songs such as ‘Great Expectations‘ and ‘The ’59 Sound‘, mass singalongs never fail to erupt from the joyous audiences they entertain. The band’s big festival season includes appearances at Coachella, Sasquatch, Rock AM Ring, Southside & Hurricane, Oxegen, T In The Park and Fugi Rocks festivals. Quite the globe-trotters they are!

Winey G ran the clock down for a Quikfire with singer/guitarist Brian Fallon…

Your album ‘The ’59 Sound’ is set to appear on many ‘Albums of The Year’ lists. What 5 albums would make your list?

In no order.

1. Glas Vegas “Glas Vegas”
2. Ray LaMontagne “Gossip In The Grain”
3. The Constantines “Kensington Heights”
4. Alkaline Trio “Agony and Irony”
5. Kings Of Leon – Only By the Night

What’s your favourite track of the year?

“You Are The Best Thing” Ray LaMontagne

Where have been your favourite places to play outside of your hometown?

London has been my favorite all year.

What makes a hometown show special?

Sleeping in my own bed that night, ha!

What did you hope to achieve with ‘The ’59 Sound’ and have the reactions been close to what you expected?

This was what we were shooting for, to make a record people really connected with, and I think we did that.

What band would you absolutely love to play with and why?

The Killers. I really love this band. I cannot get over it, I just adore them.

Who came up with the idea for the latest video to ‘Old White Lincoln’?

The idea for the video was from Mr. Kevin Slack who Directed it.

What are your favourite music video?

My favorite video of all time is “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits

What would you do in a music video if you had unlimited amounts of money?

I’d blow up a car, for real. An old classic car, I would blow it right up!

What’s the best thing about being in The Gaslight Anthem?

The best thing about being in my band is getting to play all over the world. That’s the best part!

The Gaslight Anthem’s beauty of a new single is released this week on SideOneDummy Records (23rd March). Check out the video for new single ‘Great Expectations’ here:

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