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Like so many of the most essential rock bands, The Gaslight Anthem have a rare gift for finding glory in the inescapable pain of being alive. On their new album History Bookstheir first new music in over nine yearsthe New Jersey-bred four-piece bring their soulful breed of punk to ten thrilling songs exploring everything from mortality to mental illness to the more precarious dimensions of human connection. In the tradition of their seminal sophomore album The 59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthems sixth full-length ultimately achieves of the tremendous feat of hitting every raw nerve while endlessly inspiring wildly triumphant singing-along.

A lot of this record is questioning all the bad stuff we see in the world and the difficult things we go through in life, and asking how to deal with it, says vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon, whose bandmates include drummer Benny Horowitz, bassist Alex Levine, and lead guitarist Alex Rosamilia. I think the answer is that were all in this together and that somehow makes it okay, even when its anything but easy. The main message of the album is empathy.

The first release from their own Rich Mahogany Recordings (a label distributed via Thirty Tigers), History Books finds The Gaslight Anthem working with acclaimed producer/engineer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie) and recording at his Bridgeport, CT-based Tarquin Studios. We didnt have any interest in reinventing what The Gaslight Anthem sounds like, Fallon reveals. We wanted to stay true to ourselves but also let Peter do what he does best, which is to make things sound beautiful and sad and fun and exciting all at the same time. Featuring a guest appearance from longtime Gaslight Anthem champion Bruce Springsteen, History Books matches its unfussy yet gracefully crafted sound with the force-of-nature energy thats defined the band since getting their start playing basement shows back in the mid-aughts. None of us wanted to make a very somber or serious record showing how much weve matured, says Fallon. Weve all changed and grown and learned so much, but the overall mood was a feeling of excitement to be back together and making music that means something to us.

The follow-up to 2014s Get Hurt, History Books takes its title from a heavy-hearted track about the power in letting go of what no longer serves you. I think forgiveness is so important on so many levels, but Ive learned that in some cases you need to cut ties with the people whove done you harm, says Fallon. Rooted in lyrics that perfectly encapsulate Fallons penchant for gorgeously lived-in poetry (e.g., Nights of smoke and dirty jokes/Darkened rooms with lonely ghosts/They were beautiful some time ago/But time keeps rollin us on), History Books also echoes the albums themes of transience and transcendence. In some ways each song is a history bookthey each tell a story of the past, and all the things that weve left behind, Fallon points out.
History Books is available on CD, LP, Indie-exclusive Yellow Vinyl, and a "Ten Bands One Cause" Pink Vinyl. Proceeds from the "Ten Bands One Cause" edition benefitthe Red Door Community, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers.
Like so many of the most essential rock bands, The Gaslight Anthem have a rare gift for finding glory in the inescapable pain of being alive. On their new album History Bookstheir first new music in over nine yearsthe New Jersey-bred four-piece bring their soulful breed of punk to ten thrilling songs exploring everything from mortality to mental illness to the more precarious dimensions of human connection. In the tradition of their seminal sophomore album The 59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthems sixth full-length ultimately achieves of the tremendous feat of hitting every raw nerve while endlessly inspiring wildly triumphant singing-along.

A lot of this record is questioning all the bad stuff we see in the world and the difficult things we go through in life, and asking how to deal with it, says vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon, whose bandmates include drummer Benny Horowitz, bassist Alex Levine, and lead guitarist Alex Rosamilia. I think the answer is that were all in this together and that somehow makes it okay, even when its anything but easy. The main message of the album is empathy.

The first release from their own Rich Mahogany Recordings (a label distributed via Thirty Tigers), History Books finds The Gaslight Anthem working with acclaimed producer/engineer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie) and recording at his Bridgeport, CT-based Tarquin Studios. We didnt have any interest in reinventing what The Gaslight Anthem sounds like, Fallon reveals. We wanted to stay true to ourselves but also let Peter do what he does best, which is to make things sound beautiful and sad and fun and exciting all at the same time. Featuring a guest appearance from longtime Gaslight Anthem champion Bruce Springsteen, History Books matches its unfussy yet gracefully crafted sound with the force-of-nature energy thats defined the band since getting their start playing basement shows back in the mid-aughts. None of us wanted to make a very somber or serious record showing how much weve matured, says Fallon. Weve all changed and grown and learned so much, but the overall mood was a feeling of excitement to be back together and making music that means something to us.

The follow-up to 2014s Get Hurt, History Books takes its title from a heavy-hearted track about the power in letting go of what no longer serves you. I think forgiveness is so important on so many levels, but Ive learned that in some cases you need to cut ties with the people whove done you harm, says Fallon. Rooted in lyrics that perfectly encapsulate Fallons penchant for gorgeously lived-in poetry (e.g., Nights of smoke and dirty jokes/Darkened rooms with lonely ghosts/They were beautiful some time ago/But time keeps rollin us on), History Books also echoes the albums themes of transience and transcendence. In some ways each song is a history bookthey each tell a story of the past, and all the things that weve left behind, Fallon points out.
History Books is available on CD, LP, Indie-exclusive Yellow Vinyl, and a "Ten Bands One Cause" Pink Vinyl. Proceeds from the "Ten Bands One Cause" edition benefitthe Red Door Community, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers.
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Like so many of the most essential rock bands, The Gaslight Anthem have a rare gift for finding glory in the inescapable pain of being alive. On their new album History Bookstheir first new music in over nine yearsthe New Jersey-bred four-piece bring their soulful breed of punk to ten thrilling songs exploring everything from mortality to mental illness to the more precarious dimensions of human connection. In the tradition of their seminal sophomore album The 59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthems sixth full-length ultimately achieves of the tremendous feat of hitting every raw nerve while endlessly inspiring wildly triumphant singing-along.

A lot of this record is questioning all the bad stuff we see in the world and the difficult things we go through in life, and asking how to deal with it, says vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon, whose bandmates include drummer Benny Horowitz, bassist Alex Levine, and lead guitarist Alex Rosamilia. I think the answer is that were all in this together and that somehow makes it okay, even when its anything but easy. The main message of the album is empathy.

The first release from their own Rich Mahogany Recordings (a label distributed via Thirty Tigers), History Books finds The Gaslight Anthem working with acclaimed producer/engineer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie) and recording at his Bridgeport, CT-based Tarquin Studios. We didnt have any interest in reinventing what The Gaslight Anthem sounds like, Fallon reveals. We wanted to stay true to ourselves but also let Peter do what he does best, which is to make things sound beautiful and sad and fun and exciting all at the same time. Featuring a guest appearance from longtime Gaslight Anthem champion Bruce Springsteen, History Books matches its unfussy yet gracefully crafted sound with the force-of-nature energy thats defined the band since getting their start playing basement shows back in the mid-aughts. None of us wanted to make a very somber or serious record showing how much weve matured, says Fallon. Weve all changed and grown and learned so much, but the overall mood was a feeling of excitement to be back together and making music that means something to us.

The follow-up to 2014s Get Hurt, History Books takes its title from a heavy-hearted track about the power in letting go of what no longer serves you. I think forgiveness is so important on so many levels, but Ive learned that in some cases you need to cut ties with the people whove done you harm, says Fallon. Rooted in lyrics that perfectly encapsulate Fallons penchant for gorgeously lived-in poetry (e.g., Nights of smoke and dirty jokes/Darkened rooms with lonely ghosts/They were beautiful some time ago/But time keeps rollin us on), History Books also echoes the albums themes of transience and transcendence. In some ways each song is a history bookthey each tell a story of the past, and all the things that weve left behind, Fallon points out.
History Books is available on CD, LP, Indie-exclusive Yellow Vinyl, and a "Ten Bands One Cause" Pink Vinyl. Proceeds from the "Ten Bands One Cause" edition benefitthe Red Door Community, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers.
        
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