The Gaslight Anthem

Although the four members of the Gaslight Anthem claim a punk lineage and hail from New Brunswick, a few miles inland from the Jersey Shore, splinters from Asbury Park's boardwalk riddle the band's sound along with an anthemic quality and thematic similarities to another character who lurks beneath that dirty wood. Brian Fallon's lead vocals indeed sport a muscular grit akin to Springsteen's, and the band's influences—along with the E Street's—run to vintage rock and R&B, albeit often with whip-like punkish urgency. You can dissect the abundant Springsteen/Gaslight parallels on TGA's 2008 album The '59 Sound ad nauseam. But even a tune like "Meet Me By the River's Edge," which could win a contest for most Bruce-isms per line, has sufficient ingratiating honesty and spirit to suggest the shared ethos is more a matter of common musical roots and growing up on Jersey's greasy boulevards than strict imitation. Anyway, TGA are an extremely likable band operating with a fistful of adrenalin, and seemingly born to run. Opening will be English punk-folkie Frank Turner, survivor of the hardcore band Million Dead, whose discovery of folk's murderous roots and the incendiary qualities of a well-turned phrase have transformed him into a worthy successor to the likes of Graham Parker and Billy Bragg. His terrific new album, Poetry of the Deed, is packed with rabble-rousing anthems amid astute references to Kerouac, Boadicea, and Odysseus. With Murder By Death and the Loved Ones. 18+.
Sat., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2009

 
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