Brian Fallon (vocals, guitar)
Alex Levine (bass)
Benny Horowitz (drums)
Alex Rosamilia (guitar)
The Gaslight Anthem have been around since 2005, and in that short amount of time they’ve become one of rock music’s most celebrated acts, spurring a cultist fan base with their original and heartfelt soul-inflected punk. Featuring the songwriting skills of front man and rhythm guitarist Brian Fallon – The Gaslight Anthem includes bassist Alex Levine, drummer Benny Horowitz and guitarist Alex Rosamilia.
Lyrically, Fallon isn’t afraid to wear his influences on his tattooed sleeves, and his growth as a songwriter is evident in the way he’s been able to step outside of himself. “I’m actually telling a few stories about some of my friends… because it fits in with this theme of growing up and stepping into adulthood,” Fallon explains. “Some of my friends are having kids, some are getting married, some are getting divorced,” he says, adding that like many songwriters, when he writes in the first-person it isn’t necessarily about him. “This was the first time any of us had gone through these things in life and I kept talking to them on the phone and all these things came out. I felt like I should tell their stories instead of just my own, because after you write so many songs you get bored writing about yourself.”
The Gaslight Anthem were highly influenced by classic soul artists like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, each of whom are directly referenced in the mythology of the band’s second full-length album, The ‘59 Sound. In August 2008, the band made British music history becoming the first band to ever appear on the cover of Kerrang! magazine without the magazine having previously written about them. Kerrang! called them “The best new band you’ll hear in 2008.”