Gaslight Anthem drives into London

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Gaslight Anthem

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HEY, UH, YOU GUYS WANNA PLAY SOME ROCK MUSIC? The Gaslight Anthem was in town makin’ music this past Saturday night.

In the three years The Gaslight Anthem has been together, the band has generated quite the buzz.

It was no surprise the crowd at Call The Office this past Saturday was louder than the band at times. The New Jersey sound that falls somewhere between Bruce Springsteen, Against Me!, The Killers and The Bouncing Souls had fans crowd surfing at the band’s first big stop in London, Ontario.

Although the talented Saint Alvia Cartel opened the show for the guys, there was no doubt the crowd eagerly awaited The Gaslight Anthem.

The Gaslight Anthem’s frontman Brian Fallon tackled both guitar and vocals that resembled those of The Killers lead vocalist, Brandon Flowers. Alex Levine was the man behind the intricate bass tweaking, Alex Rosamilia was responsible for the other chaotic guitar strings and Benny Horowitz took care of the catchy percussion that got the crowd hooked early.

Fans can identify with the themes that come up in their music, which included anything from “sugar and spice and everything nice,” to “trying to wash the sins and sweat from my brow.”

When Fallon uttered the lyrics that began the song “Film Noir,” fists throughout the audience pumped in the air in unison and a harmony of punk-rock fans sang along.

The Gaslight Anthem sings about quests for love, remorse and regret; that night, every song was performed tightly and sounded exactly like its recorded work.

The band’s latest single, “The ’59 Sound,” is making its way into heavy rotation on London’s rock radio station, FM96, and this is only an indication of how big this band will become.

Londoners loved them, and that translates over to the GTA and the United States easily. The Gaslight Anthem managed to sell out at the Opera House on Friday night in Toronto and Call The Office on Saturday night. The band also sold out its next two shows in New York and Pennsylvania.

You may be hearing about these guys for the first time, but The Gaslight Anthem will be selling out much bigger venues across North America very soon. This weekend, fans had a chance to meet The Gaslight Anthem by the Thames’ edge, but soon enough, this quartet will be conquering much larger rivers.

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