American Slang - Gaslight Anthem, The
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With 'American Slang', The Gaslight Anthem makes an extraordinary leap forward towards that very goal. The New Jersey-based band's third long player reveals a remarkably powerful rock 'n' roll outfit honed by two years of nearly non-stop touring. Singer/guitarist Fallon's passionate lyrical approach has grown more personal and introspective, his raw throated vocals stronger and more resonant against the band's pulse-pounding dynamic force. Songs like 'Bring It On', 'Orphans' and the rousing title track bristle and burn with the spirit of soul, the energy of punk, and the artistic ambition of any hall of famer you'd care to name. 'American Slang' is the battle cry of a great band finding its own voice and using it to shout to the rooftops and beyond.The band began getting together for writing sessions at their longtime friend Kyle Roggendorf's basement in Parlin, NJ. Rehearsal in earnest started up in January, followed the next month by full-on recording at NYC's Magic Shop with producer Ted Hutt and engineer Ryan Mall, both of whom previously manned the boards on 'The '59 Sound'. The time spent woodshedding enabled the band to lay down the majority of 'American Slang' in a short, sharp burst of creative vigor. Sonic inspiration came in the unlikely guise of classic Brit blues-rock, with Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, and Derek & The Dominos serving as key muses for their musical muscle and eclectic directness. Fallon accepted sage wisdom from Derek himself via the guitar god's autobiography. A number of the band's many friends make cameo appearances on 'American Slang', including Jesse Malin, Brian Kienlen and Pete Steinkopf from Bouncing Souls, Vision's Dave Franklin, and Tommy Gunn of Communication Redlight. Always a band with an innate sense of community, the album pays homage to their Jersey punk roots with the New Wave soul-shaker 'The Diamond Church Street Choir' named in tribute to the band's old pal Andy Diamond, who booked their very first gigs at New Brunswick's famed Court Tavern.