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THE INDIE YEARS (to 2011)
THE MERCURY YEARS (2012 -)
BRIAN FALLON (2009 -)
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The 2012 New Album Chronicle
the story of the making of Handwritten,
the 2012 Gaslight Anthem album, as told in interviews, tweets, photographs,
compiled by Alexander for The Gaslight
Anthem Record [updated 24 July
go straight to latest news
and also check out the studio
Once upon a time in 2010 ...
16 November 2010
27 November 2010
5 December 2010
20 January 2011
27 January 2011
10 February 2011
27 February 2011
4 March 2011
13 May 2011
26 May 2011
6 June 2011
RS: What is the relationship between
your new project and Gaslight?
RS: When does writing start?
RS: What do you want to talk about
on the new songs?
6/7 June 2011
8 July 2011
17 July 2011
25 July 2011
NY: Ian Perkins was your guitar tech
for Gaslight. Had you ever written with him before?
NY: And Gaslight is also working
on a follow-up to American Slang. How's it shaping up?
NY: Do you have a release date in
4 August 2011
13 September 2011
19 September 2011
6 October 2011
1 December 2011
TMM: On the past Gaslight albums, there has definitely been a theme. Is there a clear theme for the new album?
BF: Yes, this one is extremely literal. There aren't stories and there are no names for characters. I've kind of done away with a little bit of that because it was…. For a while you kind of come up with something that becomes your own, but when you're a band you have to change after a while. We realized that now is kind of the time for it to become something else and what it was, was great. You can always play those songs, you can always be that, but you kind of have to find your own thing.
We started to do that on American Slang a little bit, but on this record there is definitely a theme where all the songs were written very organically, they were written by hand. I have a notebook of all the songs. It was the first time I've ever done that, where every song was written out by hand. It was really cool and then it makes it very personal because you think about every line. When you're typing on a computer, you can just delete something very quickly and that's gone and then you can change lines and move your text around. By hand, you have to really think about, 'I'm writing this by page'. Ya, you can scribble it out. But you don't really work like that because when you open the notebook there is something blank there and you have to fill it by what you put down and it's very, very connected.
And I also felt that I didn't have
anything else to say about the characters that I was working with before.
I feel like all the bands that I've liked, whether it be U2 or Pearl Jam
or Bruce Springsteen, they've all had a mark in their career where they've
changed. Something happened and it was exciting. I think as long as you
don't forget what you were and you don't change completely, it's okay.
We're finding something that's ours, which is good.
4 December 2011
5 December 2011
9 December 2011
Brian is is said to have characterised the song '45' as "a burner of a song" and as stating that 'Mae' is "cinematic - it kinda moves like a movie. It's stuff I've learnt from the Horrible Crowes, but we put down the jazz instruments and picked up the rock'n'roll ones."
According to Classic Rock,
the album is still untitled and is pencilled in to be released in the autumn.
13 January 2012
17 January 2012
18 January 2012
19 January 2012
19 January 2012
20 January 2012
24 January 2012
24 January 2012
25 January 2012
1 February 2012
10 February 2012
10 February 2012
12 February 2012
13 February 2012
13 February 2012
16 February 2012
18 February 2012
20 February 2012
21 February 2012
22 Februray 2012
23 February 2012
29 February 2012
K!: What's been a typical day in the studio for the Gaslight Anthem?
Brian: Quite relaxed. We'd start at noon, and all get in a room together and play. It was really cool. Everyone would be jumping around and someone would be like , 'I've got an idea!', and throw it down. We were constantly recording, which was awesome. On a lot of our other albums, we'd do drums, then the bass for every single song, so by the time you got to the eighth song on bass on your sixth day, you'd be like, 'I hate bass guitar!'. But this time we were always working on something new, completely on the spot.
K!: How much had you written beforehand? And what can we expect from the songs?
Brian: We came in with 15 songs.
Fifteen songs that were good. We actually ended up recording one song that
we didn't like. We heard it back on the speakers and were just like, 'This
song isn't as exciting as everything else'. So we cut it. There's punk
songs on there, and they're more punk than our last record. There's two
songs that are fast - like, really fast, big chorus and super-fast
verse and that's it - and there's bluesy tracks. We've taken everything
we do and gone to 10 with it. [...] This is definitely the Gaslight Anrthem
record I would want next, if I were a fan. American Slang was cool,
but this sounds like a band who has plugged back into the electric socket
4 March 2012
7 March 2012
The new album completes the Gaslight Anthem's evolution from punk-fueled charge to a fuller sound with shades of Tom Petty and the Byrds. Last year, Fallon shut off his Internet connection and hunkered down at his New Jersey home, immersing himself in "weird" poetry by T.S. Eliot and pouring his most personal lyrics ever into the notebook. "There are no characters or painted pictures of some other time like before," he says. "I wanted to write something directly to you."
Once the bandmates had hashed out the new material in Jersey, they moved to Nashville, into a rented house with photos of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on the walls. "We didn't know anybody down here," says Fallon. "It was just us and our songs." They blitzed through more than a dozen tunes in a month with producer Brendan O'Brien [...].
The standout track "Here Comes My Man" features rich vocal harmonies and chiming riffs played on a 12-string Rickenbacker that O'Brien lent Fallon. The heavy rocker "Too Much Blood," whose huge guitar riff evokes early Soundgarden, was inspired by seeing one of Chris Cornell's recent solo acoustic shows. Says Fallon, "I'd never written a guitar riff before in my life."
Adds the singer, "For the first time,
I'm not scared that people aren't going to like this record. I don't care
what Bruce or Eddie Vedder or any of my friends think of it. I don't care.
If you want to hang with us, you've got to grow with us. That's the deal."
16 March 2012
21 March 2012
11 March 2012
24 March 2012
30 March 2012
"So we've blessed the masters and
kissed them goodnight and sent them off to the label! Looks like it won't
be long and it'll be a warm release day! We can't wait for you to hear
this. I'm a fan of my own band, or else why would I do it?, and I can't
imagine anyone who likes this band not loving this record! I haven't been
this excited in years! …every word handwritten. Xoxo Gossip girl."
"The whole experience was amazing. It's a trip to be able to make a record with a guy who's done some of your favourites. Brendan taught us a ton about songwriting and recording as a band. It was really pretty amazing. The label's been very supportive and let us do our thing, it's been one of the most enjoyable times I've had making a record.
I wouldn't really compare it to our older work. I can say that that was us then, and this is us now, it's all snapshots of time. Lyrically, I wanted to get away from writing in 'jive talk'. On our old records I had this slang that was sort of early Springsteen-eese, Central Jersey slang, and poor grammar. I ran out of steam with what I used to do, and the only thing left was what I am right now, so that's what I wrote about. I went straight for the point and tried to be as precise as I could be.
I think the music did the same thing, stripped away all the extra bits that didn't need to be there. We looked to the things we loved collectively rather than me steering the music into just my kind of music. The thing we agree on is the 70's rock bands like the Who, and Led Zepplin, and 90's music, like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Some of the songs even have a Neil Young vibe from when he went electric.
I'm really impressed with what we've
made here, and I love this record. All a band should really do is keep
achieving excitement, stay hungry, and stay inspired. I don't know what
anybody else thinks because at this point no one has heard it, but I love
24 April 2012
Fallon [wrote] more personal lyrics this time around, as opposed to the familiar Americana-soaked storytelling of albums past. "In the beginning it was hard," he says of the new approach, "because you get in the habit of doing something and you feel like you can put a name here or I can put a little story to throw the people off so they don't know I'm talking about me." Fallon was able to rid himself of this routine when he came to a simple realization. "You only have your stories. You don't have anyone else's." That eureka moment made Fallon excited about the new album's potential. He's hungry for the biggest stages. "I've always been ready for arenas," he says. "I've just been waiting for them to catch up to me."
New studio photos surface at the same time:
26 April 2012
30 April 2012
8 May 2012
7 June 2012
17 July 2012
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