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Earlier Bands

this listing includes both commercially released and unreleased material, excl. bootlegs


No Release was the name Brian Fallon used to record 'The Coffeehouse Sessions' when he was seventeen. Surrogate McKenzie, Amping Copper, and Cincinnati Rail Tie are three of Brian's bands prior to This Charming Man

Benny Horowitz and Alex Rosamilia were in a band called The Killing Gift.  Before that, Benny was in Yellboy, Dilemma, Full Circle Swing, and The Low End Theory (he has also toured with Nora).  Benny also organised gigs at the Manville Elks Lodge in New Jersey.


The following is a relevant extract from an interview with Bobby Gorman from (8 April 2009):

Bobby: What do you think when you hear about people tracking down your old bands like This Charming Man, Brian Fallon And The Cincinnati Rail Ties, Killing Gift or Low End Theory? Like when people go out of their ways to track down old material. 

Levine: Oh God.

Rosamilia: Don't! *laughs* That's ridiculous. I don't know. The friends that I was in the band The Killing Gift with would be upset because I've already kind of trashed talked the Killing Gift once. But it's just weird. I mean, it's cool to think that they're that interested in us that they want to go back further but I don't think anyone's gonna really - at least the Killing Gift stuff - nobody's gonna like. It's a totally different sound. Low End Theory I can see people liking, This Charming Man stuff I can see people liking. That's probably the easiest.

Levine: Oh yeah, at least the closest. 

Rosamilia: I don't know, it's weird. Nobody liked us when we were around, now people like us because we're in another band. That doesn't make sense.

Bobby: Well, like you said, you gotta see where you came from.

Rosamilia: Yeah, I guess, yeah. I did say that didn't I?

Levine: Evanescence rip-off. *laughs*

Rosamilia: *laughing* It was supposed to be Hub with female vocals, that's what it was supposed to be. Not what it turned into. But it turned into Spiro Agnew, so I can't complain.


Commercial Releases

No Release [Brian Fallon]

The Coffeehouse Sessions  (1997 - label: Mean Little Man Productions)  [compact cassette only]

Technically, 'The Coffeehouse Sessions' was a limited release demo (about 200 tapes). Chris Eissing played lead guitar on a few tracks.

1. City Lights
2. C'mon Melinda
3. Always Something
4. Hello It's Me Again
5. My Girlfriend
6. Same Problem, New City
7. Somebody Died Tonight
8. Sister I Need Salvation
9. It's Me
10. Lipstick Candy
11. Rude Girl
12. Let Me Tell You 'Bout Heartbreak
13. At the Corner Round 9pm
14. Some Days it Fades
15. Where Do You Stay?
16. Auld Land Syne


Full Circle Swing    [incl. Benny Horowitz]
Full Circle Swing (recorded 1998, released 2004 - label: Don Giovanni Records) [7'' vinyl only]

1. Bridges
2. It's Nothing Like I Thought It Would Be
3. Sunday

The Low End Theory    [incl. Benny Horowitz]


The Low End Theory (14 December 1999 - label: Eulogy Recordings)

1. Ten Paces at a Time 
2. Direction to Limitations 
3. Afterglow 
4. Landslide Perceptions 
5. Celebrate Endings 
6. Nighttime

Split (2000 - label: Ferret) [Ex Number Five Vs. The Low End Theory]

[tracks 1-3 by Ex Number Five]
4. Patterns 
5. Station Nine 
6. Four O'Clock Closure 

Doing Bad Things To Good People (2002 - label: Devildance Records)

1. Alan Steel as Hercules
2. Nice Guy, Kin of a Lose
3. Polyester Sweat Factory
4. To Good Food and Bad Fathers
5. ... The Cause and Solution To All Of Life's Problems

The Killing Gift    [incl. Alex Rosamilia & Benny Horowitz]


Who Watches the Watchmen? (13 July 2004 - label: Immigrant Sun Records)

1. Self Medicated
2. Ignorance
3. One Sided Love
4. Pink/Red
5. Where's the Goot?
6. Pardon Me
7. You Alone
8. We're No Pretty, But We're Pretty Exciting
9. Curtain
10. Parking Lot Goodbye
11. Gray/Black

This Charming Man    [incl. Brian Fallon]

In an interview with (7 May 2010), Brian Fallon explained the transition from This Charming Man into The Gaslight Anthem as follows:
This Charming Man kinda became The Gaslight Anthem, one didn't break up and the other started, it sort of melted into one another, all the guys in TCM quit the band or were fired, and it was just me and Mike Volpe left, and when Benny came in with Alex Levine it was like a new day and a new take, even the older songs sounded different. We didn't so much form a new band as much as were just were a different band and we realized we wanted to go in a different direction (see Every Little Secret vs. Sink or Swim) so we felt that in order to start over, we had to rename the band and start from scratch, except we kept 1930, that was the only survivor. Then Mike left on his own choice, and Alex Rosamilia came in and the rest is history. I'd say we really hit our stride starting over during the writing of Sink or Swim.

The pressing numbers for the vinyl release are: 333 on black vinyl, 667 on brown vinyl.

Every Little Secret (5 July 2005 - label: Xoxo;  vinyl: 9 August 2011 - label: Suburban Home)

1. Bleeder 
2. There Is a Thunder (Out in the Distance) 
3. Sometime You Eat the Bar (Sometimes the Bar Eats You) 
4. Cut the Rope (Before It Hangs Us Both) 
5. Kiss Me, I'm a Pirate 
6. Sweet Delta Blues
7. Untitled (demo) [vinyl only]
8. Untitled (demo) [vinyl only]
9. Untitled (demo) [vinyl only]
10. Untitled (demo) [vinyl only]

Other Recordings/Releases

Surrogate McKenzie [incl. Brian Fallon]

more photos

The original line up was: Brian Fallon (guitar and vocals), Brian Rothenbeck (bass and vocals), John Shuttler (guitar), Brendan Stephen (drums), Lynn Knolmayer (vocals and back up), and is shown in the above artwork.  Chad Gaynor joined on drums after Brendan and Lynn left.

Brian Rothenbeck writes: 
I have no idea how this band started. Okay... let me at least try. I met Brian Fallon at the Timestill Cafe when I was 15. We both went to the open mic and played songs there. I think he was playing all original material and I was just playing whatever cover song I felt like doing at the time. I had no idea how to write a song, I'd only thrown some terrible teen-angsty lyrics over a G-C-D-Em progression and called it "expressing myself." Anyways... I started playing with Tommy DuHamel in Atomic Peter, and we recorded with Brian on his 4-track in Brendan's garage. So then AP broke up for some reason, and Brian commandeered Brendan and I to play for him. The only thing was, he didn't have a bassist, and he was already playing guitar. I figured, "Hey, fuck it" and decided I would play bass. John Schuettler was in Nutshell, who broke up, and then he joined to play second guitar. Brian got his girlfriend to be an "Oi! Girl" (yeah.. we were punk rock), and not to exclude Brendan's girlfriend, had her do the same. We played a bunch of shows, recorded one tape in Brendan's garage, and then Brendan's girlfriend left and Brendan followed. Oh young love... Brian knew this guy Chad from Randolph who was a drummer, so he got him to replace Brendan. And then everything changed. Chad wasn't into the same music as us. While we were listening to the Queers and the Mr. T Experience, he was listening to Sense Field and Shai Hulud and other bands that started with the letter "S". Our style changed almost immediately. We taught Chad the songs, but they didn't utilize his skills. He is an AMAZING drummer. I can credit him as being my biggest influence in my drumming. You can hear that a lot in Amping Copper. Anyways... It was a meeting of minds between Chad and Johnny. They were into the same music, and could write together amazingly. As Brian and my musical horizons expanded, we all fell into step and began writing nonstop. We banged out two tapes and then went to record a real CD! I had never been in a real studio beyond the one at CCM where Mike Hemberger recorded us doing out old songs for his music engineering project. To his credit, this guy was doing everything analog. He didn't have Pro Tools or anything. The quality isn't worth the amount we spent on recording it, but it was a great learning experience. Surrogate McKenzie played a lot of shows in a lot of places, but I will always remember Newark, Deleware as the place I quit the band. We were putting together a show with Hot Water Music, (which they played without me -- also featuring a band called Saves The Day) but I had been going through a bad time in my life, and I just wasn't into it anymore. If I could go back in time, I most certainly would have just stuck through it all, but at 20 years old, I didn't have that kind of clarity. All in all, through that band, I met a lot of friends both in an out of the music scene, many of whom I still speak to. I have also stayed very good friends with both Brian and Johnny. I haven't seen Chad in some years, but if I ever do, I'd like to thank him for teaching me how to play drums just by watching.

Tom DuHamel adds:
Me and Brian Rothenbeck were in a band called Atomic Peter. I think I was 15 or 16 and it was a punk/ska band. One of the first times I met Fallon, he came to our first show and recorded it. He recorded our band in our drummer's garage.  Fallon wanted to start a small record label at the time which he called 'Old 45 Records'.  It was a good time. The original line-up for Surrogate McKenzie was Atomic Peter's drummer and guitarist (Brian Rothenbeck). So I guess that's the quick history of it.

Surrogate McKenzie    [1998]

I'll Listen
Wadda Ya Know
Friday Night
24 Hours
Goody Girl
Saturday Night
18 Once
Melt with You

Songs To Grow Up To    [1998]

Letter to an Ex
Years Ago
It's a Book, I Read It
Life's Less Ordinary
Before You Leave
The Ballad of Jimmy & Maria
Heartattack lessons
Mary, I Never Told You
St Jennifer
Still Sixteen
Drowning Slowly


After Midnight the Lights Just Blink    [1999]

track listing to be confirmed

The Six Degrees of Separation    [2000]

Shoulda Tried Harder
Thoughts Keep Changing
To All My Friends Who Weren't There
All You Got
To You ...
One Fifteen
Take Too Long


Amping Cooper [incl. Brian Fallon]

Amping Cooper (source:
Brian Rothenbeck writes: 
Amping Copper started when I met Anthony Iarossi at the Port Murray group home in 2001. He was my coworker's boyfriend, and after finding out that I was a musician, mentioned that he played guitar and wanted to start a band. I was fresh off the first incarnation of The Great Divorce and was eager to get back into music, so I was happy to give it a shot. What I didn't realize was what an awesome dude Anthony was. We started off with a bassist that he brought from work, I think his name might be Adam. Don't quote me on that. So it was just the three of us, and we couldn't write a song for shit. That was when I decided to bring in the big gun: Brian Fallon. Brian was fresh off a stint with Lanemeyer and wanted to get away from the pop punk world (though that is the world that gave him his lovely wife - you can thank NJxPP for something). Adam was fired because he really wasn't a very good bassist for what we were trying to do (read: he played funk and mall metal exclusively). Enter once again, gun-for-hire Chris Shann. Amping Copper basically turned into Surrogate McKenzie v2.0, but we ended on a strong note. We all came out of it better musicians, myself especially. No hard feelings were had, we all still talk and are friends, and now Brian's a rock star.

Amping Cooper    [2001]

Bogey On My Six
Coordinates and A Country Song
Graduation Song
Past Participle, Present Tense
Perfect Blues
There She Blows


Brian Fallon - Cincinnati Rail Tie

Apparently Brian decided to record a 'solo' EP, but wanted it to still have a band look/feel to it. He called in a friend of his from Lanemeyer to play drums, while another friend of his, Mike Hemberger, played bass, sang backups and produced the EP, which was to be called The American Music EP, though it appears to have been called You Grab Your Jacket. Brian's old guitar teacher, Tim Fogerty, played guitar on two tracks, incl. a solo, and Brian's mother sang backups. Brian did everything else.  He got some good feedback on the EP and then formed a band after the fact.  They only played together for a little while, and the people who played live didn't play on the EP.

The American Music EP [ aka: You Grab Your Jacket]    [2004]

Scene of the Crime
The Blues
Five Year Plan  [aka: I Hope the Money Comes in Someday]
Look On The Bright Side


Occasional Vocals

Lanemeyer (songs recorded with Brian Fallon on vocals)

Lanemeyer with Brian Fallon - last day of tour, October 2000

Brian played with Lanemeyer when they toured with Lawrence Arms in 2000

Alarm  [available on 'Punk Rock Strike: Punk Rock Strikes Back, Vol. 2' (2001 - label: Springman Records)]
Somebody to Shove (Soul Asylum cover) [not released commercially]


Tom DuHamel (of Communication Redlight) with Brian Fallon

Tom and Brian performing 'Teras' at the Court Tavern, 7 May 2010

Blank Words and White Chalk
Walk The Line
Teras [original]
[available to download, with Tom's permission, from Mediafire]


... and did you know ...

Brian Fallon's mother Debbie was in a folk revival band in the late 1960s. They were called 'The Group Folk Singers'.

from The Daily Register, Red Bank, NJ


many of these unreleased recording are available via the Dimestore Saints' 'audio rips master list'

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