Entries tagged with: Brian Fallon
photos by Mimi Hong
The Gaslight Anthem brought their current tour to NYC for two sold-out shows: Thursday (2/26) at Webster Hall and Saturday (2/28) at Terminal 5. The setlists had some overlap but they were different both nights, with the Webster show getting a heavy dose of The '59 Sound. Despite getting bummed out by a NYC crowd in 2013 asking for Bruce Springsteen covers, they did it again, "mashing up" Bruce's "I'm On Fire" with their own "Red at Night." Video of that, both setlists, and more pictures from Webster (including openers Northcote and The Scandals), below.
Gaslight next play the NYC-area for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf.
The Gaslight Anthem at Voodoo Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Gaslight Anthem have announced they'll follow 2012's Handwritten with their fifth album, Get Hurt, on August 19 via Island.The album was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monekys, Foals), and though they haven't released a full song from it yet, you can hear a clip of one track, "Stay Vicious," in the album's teaser video, below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
Gaslight have also announced a tour which includes two huge amphitheater shows not far from NYC: Philly's Mann Center on September 12 and NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center September 13. Those shows both have big openers too though, Jimmy Eat World and Against Me! (who have their own tour first). The NJ show also includes Sweden's twopointeight, whose new album is produced by Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon. Tickets for both shows are already on Fan Club presale with an album pre-order presale starting Tuesday (6/17) at 10 AM, AmEx (Philly) and Live Nation (NJ) presales starting Wednesday (6/18) at 10 AM, and general on-sales beginning Friday (6/20) at 10 AM.
Those are the only two shows on the tour with Jimmy Eat World, but Against Me! and twopointeight are on most dates, all of which are listed below...
Molly and the Zombies, the new folk rock band of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon that he debuted at the Bouncing Souls holiday shows and that also features Randy Real (Scissor Sisters), Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams, Grace Potter) and Brian McGee (Plow United), will play their first NYC show on June 5 at The Bell House. It's a Red Bull Sound Select show (you may remember we co-curated a RBSS show with Brian last fall) and also features Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones) and Jared Hart (of The Scandals) (you may remember Dave Hause and The Scandals opened for The Gaslight Anthem at their RBSS show last summer).
Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP or $10 at the door without.
Stream a couple Molly and the Zombies tracks below...
MEN at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
JD Samson & MEN have an upcoming west coast tour, but before that they'll play a benefit in Brooklyn at Littlefield this Friday (1/24) with Bright Light Bright Light. The show is billed as an evening of dancing live music benefitting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey." The show is being hosted by Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters and Jonjon Battles is DJing. Tickets for that show are available. All dates are listed, along with the show flyer, below.
"I think of myself as an artist before I'm a musician," she says. "I studied art and theory and learned about self-expression that way; music is just the genre where success came. But when we talk about people using software to learn how to create songs, I think of this: Punk music used to be about self-taught people playing in garages. Now, the self-taught crowd is working from a studio in the bedroom. The aesthetic is very similar - it's about teaching yourself to express opinions through your creativity, to find a channel for those ideas. It seems like a natural progression to me."In related news, speaking of Scissor Sisters (whose Ana Matronic hosts the Littlefield show), their drummer Randy Real is now also the drummer of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon's new band Molly and the Zombies, which Brian debuted at the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in December. The lineup also includes Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) and Brian McGee. The band recently posted two tracks online, which you can stream, along with the list of MEN dates, below.
That said, one thing listeners will quickly notice is that the vocals on "Labor" have a slicker production value than on MEN's debut. Samson cops to using pitch control, but in alignment with her general M.O., for her it's a tool of expression rather than any sort of crutch or bid for popularity. Given that she was a film student just prior to the digital revolution, she's got a healthy respect for the handcraft of art (in general) and avoids shortcuts. But she also knows how to exploit a fun toy when she finds it.
The previously discussed return of NJ punks The Bouncing Souls' annual Home for the Holidays shows happens from December 26-29 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and since we last spoke, more details have been announced. One of those details is that the "special guest" main support act for 12/28 is fellow Jersey band Titus Andronicus (who just played Terminal 5 with Lucero and The Menzingers). The billboard for the shows also just went up on the Asbury traffic circle, and that's it pictured above.
Meanwhile, mysterious band Molly and the Zombies open on 12/27, and while we can't say for sure who it is, we couldn't help but notice that Bouncing Souls pal Brian Fallon has been really obsessed with zombies lately, and that his band The Gaslight Anthem seem to think this new band is cool...
Tickets for all four nights are still available, but four-night passes are sold out. Updated flyer below...
photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher
Brian Fallon / Bouncing Souls
I'm not 100% sure what the average age was at The Bouncing Souls' Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Monday (9/30) -- our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select -- but it was no all ages hardcore matinee show. Yet that didn't stop the crowd, who probably had work rather than school the next morning, from going apeshit like they were in their teens for the New Brunswick punk heroes. The Souls (new drummer George Rebelo of Hot Water Music included) were in great spirits delivering tons of old favorites -- "True Believers," "Hopeless Romantic," "Manthem," etc -- which had the crowd shouting back, fists in the air, piling up on each other, and endlessly stage diving.
Before they went on, co-headliner and co-curator Brian Fallon (frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) played a "solo" set, joined by his bandmate Alex Rosamilia on guitar. The Bouncing Souls and The Gaslight Anthem have a long history together, and though the latter might be more successful, they'll tell you it never would have happened without the influence of The Bouncing Souls. So it was a pretty special night, because the two bands who have shared bills many times -- just this summer in NYC in fact -- collaborated on stage for the first time ever.
Brian and Alex began their set together, playing stripped down folkier versions of GA tunes with the whole crowd singing along like a drunken campfire night. A bunch of covers were worked in too (check out a picture of the setlist below), including The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" (for which he was joined by an enthusiastic crowd member) and Roky Erickson's "I Walked with a Zombie" (for which Brian instructed the entire crowd to sing, and which he played and talked about on the East Village Radio special we recorded with him). Eventually, all four members of The Bouncing Souls joined Brian and Alex for a few songs at the end of their set, including Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten." And Alex returned the favor by sneaking in on guitar towards the end of The Bouncing Souls' set.
As with all RBSS shows, the openers are local bands. For this one, we teamed up with Brian to pick two Brooklyn bands that would fit the punk theme of the night. First was Aye Nako, whose amped up rhythms (thanks to a ferocious drummer) and sugary guitar melodies recall the heyday of pop punk, before the genre was taken over by jet-black bangs and neon t-shirts. After them was Nude Beach, who have an early Elvis Costello thing going on, but with a punk attitude and lo-fi ideals. Both bands acknowledged the headliners from stage, with Aye Nako singer Mars Ganito mentioning she was once in a Bouncing Souls cover band for a Halloween show.
Comedian Chris Gethard hosted the show, cracking jokes about his birthplace New Jersey, where it seemed like much of the crowd had traveled from that night to see the co-headliners from NJ play a $3 show in Brooklyn. .
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows -- always only $3 -- happen each month and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (like the recent Mannie Fresh show in Chicago and Tobacco show in Austin).
Another review of the show can be read over at Local Bozo. More pictures and some videos from our Brooklyn show below...
Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Last month, we announced that the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series would happen on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with co-headliners The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, plus opener Aye Nako and one more opener TBA. We're now pleased to announce that the second opener is Brooklyn power pop trio Nude Beach, who just played Mercury Lounge last night (9/20).
Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.
Meanwhile, The Bouncing Souls recently announced that they're releasing a split 7" with Philly punks The Menzingers (who have toured with the Souls and opened their holiday shows). The split comes out on November 5 via The Bouncing Souls' Chunksaah Records, and features both bands covering each other, plus an original song by each band. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.
The Bouncing Souls and The Menzingers join forces for Reading, PA's East Coast Tsunami Fest this Friday (9/27), where they're playing with Fucked Up, Street Dogs, Man Overboard and more (tickets), plus both bands play The Fest in Gainesville.
Some Nude Beach song streams and the Bouncing Souls/Menzingers split info below...
Bouncing Souls at Highline Ballroom in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We're happy to announce that the next BrooklynVegan-curated installment of the Red Bull Sound Select series happens on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it's being co-headlined by New Brunswick punk forefathers The Bouncing Souls and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon (who co-curated the show with us). Brian and the Souls will also be collaborating together on stage (for the first time ever), in addition to playing their own sets. We got together with Brian not only to pick the co-headliners (the Bouncing Souls who were a large influence on his New Brunswick band), but also to choose the openers. Like all RBSS, the openers are local, and for this one we got Brooklyn scrappy pop punks Aye Nako, and there's one more band TBA.
Doors for the MHOW show open at 6:30 PM and the music starts at 8. Like all RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door. First come, first served. Hope to see you there.
Aye Nako at BV Lollapalooza Afterparty last week (more by Cory Dewald)
The Gaslight Anthem recently played three nights in NYC. If you missed them, check out pictures of Irving and pictures of Pier 26. Brian also just announced that he'll be producing the new album by Sweden's Twopointeight, who The Gaslight Anthem have toured Europe with. The new album, Twopointeight III, is tentatively due out in 2014.
And, this month's NYC Red Bull Sound Select show happens on 8/13 with The Internet, Dyme-A-Duzin, Jade <3, and Denitia & Sene.
Some song streams and videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Gaslight Anthem at Irving Plaza - 7/27/13 (more by Vladislav Grach)
As we just mentioned, The Gaslight Anthem came to NYC over the weekend for three shows (Pier 26 on 7/26 and 7/28 and Irving Plaza on 7/27). At the Irving Plaza show, frontman Brian Fallon started an a cappella crowd sing-along of Nelly, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and Lady Gaga, but the next night on Pier 26 when he tried a similar thing, the crowd didn't react nearly as well.
Someone in front complained about the song choice (Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance") and then tons of crowd members proceeded to yell "BRUUUUUUUUUUCE." Brian responded with something along the lines of "We're not doing that, if you wanna hear his songs, go see him," to which he got many cheers, but the crowd soon yelled "BRUUUUUUUUCE" again, and then he said, "forget it, we're just gonna play Gaslight Anthem songs."
Now, in a tumblr post titled "Tonight You Have Broken My Heart," Brian addressed that instance with a lengthy letter addressing those comparisons the band has long been pegged with, and the new paths the band plans to take. It reads:
Tonight we played the third show of a three night stand in NYC. It was a beautiful venue at Pier 26 and we played with one of my favorite bands the Hold Steady. But tonight, after the show, I found myself with some things I feel I need to say that have been a long time coming...Pictures from Sunday's show at Pier 26 are coming soon. Brian's letter continues below...
I play music because something stirs inside of my heart and it needs to be expelled. I have found from a young age that music is the avenue which relieves me. It allows me to say words and choose notes that speak to my own soul. It comforts me. There are people who have found something in my band's songs that speak to them as well. I've met some of them, they come to our shows and have purchased our records because they've found something that speaks to them somewhere in the things we have created. That, to me, is amazing.
However, I feel it necessary to address that we are The Gaslight Anthem. We play Gaslight Anthem songs. We're not the band you think we may be akin to. My name isn't Bruce, It's not Eddie, or Joe, or Paul either. If you'd like to hear their songs they are readily available and the former two tour quite often. You should go see them, they put on great shows. They play long sets over two hours sometimes. It's truly amazing to watch them at their craft. But again, we're not them. We have a different set of rules. We're on a different course, because we aren't them and can't be them. We have to find our path, because that's the only honest thing we can do. Which is where I find myself now, proud of what we've done, and where we've come from, but it's time to find the next thing. Time to create a new sound, time to create the next Gaslight Anthem.
We will always play those songs, but we will never be that band again.
photos by Loren Wohl
As discussed, Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem are doing some shows this year, including three in NYC this month: July 26 on Pier 26 with The Bouncing Souls; July 27 at Irving Plaza with Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause, fellow NJ band The Scandals, and Frances & the Foundation; and July 28 on Pier 26 with The Hold Steady. The Irving Plaza show is a Red Bull Sound Select show, which is free for those who requested and received a ticket. Those tickets are all reserved now (and will be sent out soon), but we're giving away another pair. Details on how to enter are below.
Tickets for both Pier 26 shows are still available, but we're also giving away pairs of tickets to those. For the 7/26 show with Bouncing Souls, enter our contest on the BrooklynVegan Facebook, and for the 7/28 show with The Hold Steady, details on how to enter are below.
In honor of that RBSS show, Gaslight frontman Brian Fallon and Scandals frontman Jared Hart teamed up to release a five-song split acoustic EP that the two artists recorded. The EP includes acoustic versions of Gaslight Anthem songs "Handwritten," "She Loves You," and "45," in addition to Scandals songs "All Nighters" and "Sirens." You can listen to the EP for free at Red Bull Sound Select's website (registration required). The pictures above are from that recording session.
Contest details below...
Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements, will be screening at a number of film festivals and other venues this year and next year. The film was produced by Gorman Bechard (of What We Were Thinking Films) and features interviews with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, members of Husker Du, Robert Christgau, Jim Derogatis, Ira Robbins, Tom Arnold, and others. The film will premiere in NYC on November 16 and 17 at Bowery Electric.
We're excited to announce that, along with Bowery Electric, we're presenting MATS CITY, a Replacements tribute show that will take place at Bowery Electric after each screening. The show, which will be hosted by Matt Pinfield features a number of guests including Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Jesse Malin, Steve Wynn, Ted Leo, Chuck Ragan, Charlie Mars, Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Matthew Ryan, Willie Nile, Tommy Ramone, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Pulkingham, Walter Lure, Kevn Kinney, Don DiLego, Joe D'Urso, Danny Sage, and Nicole Atkins, and many more to be announced. Those singers will be backed by a band which includes Todd Youth, Matt Romano, and Johnny T. Tickets for the 11/16 and the 11/17 shows are on sale now (ticket options include movie only and show only, and both). A portion of the proceeds will go to Musicians On Call. Note that exact lineups for each date are TBA. Some performers may only be playing one day.
A list of cities the film will screen in and teaser video below...
The Gaslight Anthem @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Tim Griffin)
Gaslight Anthem actually only has one show left on their schedule at the moment and that's in their home state of NJ at the Bowery Presents venue Wellmont Theatre in Montclair on December 11th (tickets). Gaslight frontman Brian Fallon has some other solo shows scheduled though. I heard something about an appearance at a Court Tavern holiday party, and there are three announced dates in January including Bowery Ballroom on January 15th which is now on sale. All dates below...