ALBUM REVIEW: The Gaslight Anthem – History Books


 

Almost a decade has passed since The Gaslight Anthem sadly went on their indefinite hiatus as a band with Brian Fallon discovering a new side to his music under his solo project. Finally though, after all this time, the band are finally reunited with a brand new set of music to bring into what looks like a very busy 2024 for the act. For so many bands reuniting over the years, fanbases have become apprehensive on whether to expect a quick cash-grab or if the bands are back for real. 

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The Gaslight Anthem Shares a New Single – “Autumn” – UK Headline Tour Announced


 

New Jersey-bred rock band The Gaslight Anthem continue to build anticipation for their upcoming sixth studio album and first in over nine years, History Books, with the release of new single “Autumn.” Listen here and watch the visualiser here.

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The Gaslight Anthem Shares New Single “Little Fires” ft. Stefan Babcock of PUP – New Album Coming Soon


 

New Jersey-bred rock band The Gaslight Anthem has released ‘Little Fires’, the third single from their upcoming sixth studio album and first in over nine years, History Books, due for release on October 27th. Listen here and pre-order the album at the link below. ‘Little Fires’ offers up three and a half minutes of pure punk bombast, graced with guest vocals from PUP frontman Stefan Babcock. It follows the release of the album title track ‘History Books’, which featured a guest appearance from longtime champion of the band and legendary singer-songwriter, Bruce Springsteen.

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Riot Fest 2023 Announces its Daily Lineups with Foo Fighters, The Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age and more


 

Riot Fest 2023 has previously announced their stellar lineup with Foo Fighters, The Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age, Turnstile, with The Mars Volta, Mr. Bungle, Tegan and Sara, 100 Gecs, The Gaslight Anthem, AFI, Death Grips, The Used, The Dresden Dolls, Say Anything, 070 Shake, The Breeders, Kim Gordon, Viagra Boys, Pup, Sleep Token, The Interrupters, Flogging Molly, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Pennywise, Bayside, Ani DiFranco, Finch, Silverstein, Insane Clown Posse, Head Automatica, Parliament Funkadelic Ft. George Clinton, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, L.S. Dunes, Gorilla Biscuits, Ride, Cults, Nothing Nowhere., Code Orange, White Reaper, Balance and Composure, Fake Names, Eshu Tune, Quicksand, Enter Shikari, The Wrecks, Thursday, Hawthorne Heights, Bowling For Soup, Braid, H20, Spitafield, Jehnny Beth, Drain, Snapcase, The Bronx, Microwave, Oso Oso, Origami Angel, The Exploited, Plosivs, Steve Ignorant Band / Crass, Black Angels, Yard Act, Warpaint, Nothing, Screaming Females, High Vis, Rival Schools, Caroline Rose, Sludgeworth, Free Throw, Just Mustard, Hotline TNT, Quasi, Corey Feldman, Just Friends, Bearings, Pinkshift, Olivia Jean, Calva Louise, The Aquadolls, Enola Gay, Earth Crisis, Empire State Bastard, Cassyette, FEA, Fleshwater, The Bobby Lees, Pool Kids, Young Culture, Fade ‘Em All, CK Vassi, and Total Chaos. Tickets are on sale now and the fest just announced their daily schedule!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Spanish Love Songs – No Joy


 

For the past seven years, Spanish Love Songs have made a reputation for themselves across their previous three albums for creating some of the most emotionally powerful music, a feat that, with the release of their fourth album No Joy (Pure Noise Records), the punk quintet achieved yet again. 

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Watch The Gaslight Anthem Cover Pink Floyd, Mother Love Bone, and Alice In Chains on Tour 


 

The Gaslight Anthem has been thrilling crowds on their current North American Tour! In addition to a set list of hits, deep cuts, and their recent single “Positive Charge,” the band has been playing their usual covers with their own spin on them. In addition to covering Pink Floyd’s “Time” from The Dark Side of The Moon (featuring Emily Wolfe), and their favorite pre-grunge  Mother Love Bone classic “Chloe Dancer,” and now they added in “Would?” by Alice In Chains as well. Watch the clips below and catch the band on tour!   

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Riot Fest 2023 Books Foo Fighters, The Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age


 

Riot Fest 2023 has announced their lineup and it’s a banger, easily the heaviest and most throwback lineup to 1990s and 2000s bands in recent memory. Headliners include, Foo Fighters, The Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age, Turnstile, with The Mars Volta, Mr. Bungle, Tegan and Sara, 100 Gecs, The Gaslight Anthem, AFI, Death Grips, The Used, The Dresden Dolls, Say Anything, 070 Shake, The Breeders, Kim Gordon, Viagra Boys, Pup, Sleep Token, The Interrupters, Flogging Molly, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Pennywise, Bayside, Ani DiFranco, Finch, Silverstein, Insane Clown Posse, Head Automatica, Parliament Funkadelic Ft. George Clinton, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, L.S. Dunes, Gorilla Biscuits, Ride, Cults, Nothing Nowhere., Code Orange, White Reaper, Balance and Composure, Fake Names, Eshu Tune, Quicksand, Enter Shikari, The Wrecks, Thursday, Hawthorne Heights, Bowling For Soup, Braid, H20, Spitafield, Jehnny Beth, Drain, Snapcase, The Bronx, Microwave, Oso Oso, Origami Angel, The Exploited, Plosivs, Steve Ignorant Band / Crass, Black Angels, Yard Act, Warpaint, Nothing, Screaming Females, High Vis, Rival Schools, Caroline Rose, Sludgeworth, Free Throw, Just Mustard, Hotline TNT, Quasi, Corey Feldman, Just Friends, Bearings, Pinkshift, Olivia Jean, Calva Louise, The Aquadolls, Enola Gay, Earth Crisis, Empire State Bastard, Cassyette, FEA, Fleshwater, The Bobby Lees, Pool Kids, Young Culture, Fade ‘Em All, CK Vassi, and Total Chaos. Tickets are on sale now! 

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War Waves – War Waves


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If art is a manifestation of the human spirit and the human heart, then I wouldn’t have liked to have gone through the emotional pain and heartache that War Waves lead singer and chief protagonist Marc Newby has been through. His latest artistic endeavour, following on from his previous outfit, Collisions, has been conceived as an attempt to win back the love of his life.

Working with Steve Mann at Backwater Records, a man who has been a longtime champion and supporter of bands from the Ipswich area, War Waves passionate and heartfelt approach to songwriting will appeal to the ears of listeners already won over by the likes of The Gaslight Anthem or Idlewild; listeners of a certain vintage will doubtless be able to wax lyrical over the more than occasional nod to Mr. Stephen Patrick Morrissey.

These are no bad things of course. There is a rawness and emotional heft to the songs that often startle as much as they reassure. Whether down to the colourful language in the lyrics- the dropping of the c-bomb once or twice raises the eyebrow- or the matter of fact candour, the net effect is immediate and dynamic. The production retains that sense of this record being recorded as live and that lack of tinkering adds to the sense of a man on a zealous, emotional mission.

The ordinariness of the songs settings – ‘My Friends Wedding’ andHockey Stick’ are good examples of this – and the universal messages within them remind one, thematically at least, of the kitchen sink dramas beloved of The Streets or Plan B or, even Jarvis Cocker at his most suburban. Newby’s drama is highly personal but his honesty and lack of self-serving sanctimony means you are drawn to his tale. The fact that he has a way with a tune doesn’t hurt either.

Newby pulls no punches and grants no quarter; fortunately there’s an absence of hubris as well which is all the more appealing given the self-satisfaction that often accompanies records that are about the state of a heart. War Waves have conjured a decent début album with plenty of ideas and flourishes that you will doubtless be filing very readily under: ones to watch.

 

7.0/10

 

MAT DAVIES


Sammy Kay Streaming “Saints and Sinner”


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Sammy Kay

Singer/songwriter Sammy Kay is streaming “Saints and Sinner,” off his upcoming full length debut album Fourth Street Singers out March 10, 2015 via Panic State Records, here.

Hailing from Asbury Park, NJ singer/songwriter Sammy Kay has lived the kind of romantic life that can only be found in a song. After living in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, then seeing the world working as a tour manager for three years, Kay has used his travels and experiences to hone his song-craft into an endearing mixture of punk rock, Americana, and soul. Always behind-the-scenes helping other artist’s grow and succeed, Kay built strong friendships all across the country, these friends would later come together to help record his debut album. Now, with the release of his debut full length, Fourth Street Singers, Sammy Kay is excited to step into the spotlight and show listeners what he’s capable of.

Recorded by Pete Steinkopft of The Bouncing Souls at Little Eden Studios, Fourth Street Singers was crafted from the ground up with an all-star cast of accomplished musicians, featuring members of The Slackers, Franz Nicolay’s band, Rancid‘s touring band, Westbound Train, Leftover Crack, Plow United and more. The sense of camaraderie from the recording studio is palpable across the 10 tracks on Fourth Street Singers, but Kay’s songs are more than just bar anthems. There is a yearning that can’t be denied in every song. Whether it’s a desire for truth, connection, or something more, these tracks feel authentic and lived-in. Even Kay’s take on the Tom Waits classic “Old Shoes (Pictures And Postcards)” feels entwined with the story told on Fourth Street Singers.

Harnessing influences ranging across the spectrums of rock n’ roll, punk, and Americana, Sammy Kay has crafted an album that is uniquely personal while still invitingly familiar, wild and free while still reserved and dynamic. Full of love and despair, life and death, salvation and American rock n’ roll, Fourth Street Singers is Sammy Kay.

Fourth Street Singers track list:
01. You Ought To Know
02. Saints and Sinners
03. Your Way
04. Highs and Lows
05. Forever and a Day
06. Truth
07. Shipwreck
08. Stay a While
09. Old Shoes
10. Mary

Tour Dates:
Feb 26: Wills Pub – Orlando, FL
Feb 27: Nobbys – St Augustine, FL
Feb 28: New World Brewery – Ybor City, FL
Mar 01: Looseys – Gainesville, FL
Mar 06: Flamingo Cantina – Austin TX
Mar 11: Vandals – Kansas City, MO
Mar 12: Des Moines Social Club – Des Moines, IA
Mar 14: Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB (Canada) (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 15: Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK (Canada) (w/Northcote)
Mar 16: Union Hall – Edmonton, AB (Canada) (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 17: Macewan Hall – Calgary, AB (Canada) (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 19: Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC (Canada) (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 20: Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA ( w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 21: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 23: The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 24: Ogden Theater – Denver, CO (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 26: The Ready Room – St Louis, MO (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 27: The Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 28: Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)

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Slipknot, Motorhead, In Flames, Lamb Of God Confirmed For The Greenfield Festival


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The Greenfield Festival 2015 has been confirmed for June 11-13, 2015 at Flugplatz in Interlaken, Switzerland. The lineup for this year’s edition has been confirmed and includes the following:

SLIPKNOT
MOTÖRHEAD
IN FLAMES
LAMB OF GOD
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
A DAY TO REMEMBER
AIRBOURNE
GODSMACK
ASKING ALEXANDRIA
MILLENCOLIN
DANKO JONES
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
POWER WOLF
ALL TIME LOW
BACKYARD BABIES
LAGWAGON
YELLOWCARD
ARCHITECTS
EVERY TIME I DIE
DARKEST HOUR
TRUCK FIGHTERS
BURY TOMORROW
DEFEATER
THE SWORD
THE ANSWER
EAST CAMERON FOLK CORE
SKINNY LISTER
MANTAR
NORTHLANE

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