Sunday night saw Perth’s Metro City play host to the final Gaslight Anthem show of their Australian tour. As you’d expect for the final leg of the tour, spirits were high and hijinks and fun ensued.
The Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight Anthem are hands down my favourite band – they're at least equal with Brand New for me. So this is going to be a really, really biased review. I mean I'm writing this while wearing my Gaslight Anthem shirt for the second day in a row. Because Gaslight Anthem's Adelaide show on May 17th was incredible.
Ex-The Loved Ones front man Dave Hause has come along way as a solo artist since I last saw him opening for New Jersey’s Bouncing Souls back three years ago. Back then he quietly came out, played his acoustic rock 'n’ folk numbers and left. Tonight, he worked the crowd into a healthy frenzy with good banter and songs that are easy to sing along to. Performing tracks from his solo material from the Time Will Tell record, we were treated to a version of The Loved Ones' "100K" which also included legendary Joe Strummer’s "Coma Girl" and Hold Steady’s "Constructive Summer". A good lesson for support acts, especially when you support a band with some of the most passionate and loving fans as The Gaslight Anthem.
In This Issue: Northlane announce album signings and their Tasmanian tour dates, The Gaslight Anthem 2nd show on sale now, Vydamo announces tour support acts, Allen Stone announces support acts, Yacht Club DJs add new shows to Mayhem Tour, The Darkness & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Australian tour cancelled, Funeral for a Friend announce support act, Seth Lakeman joining Joan Armatrading Australian Tour, Drapht adds new shows to The Uni-Verse Tour.
Not to many bands have made such an impact on the rock n' roll landscape like The Gaslight Anthem. What sets them apart from everyone else is their passion and the incredible way they can paint a picture with words and song. They speak romantically of driving with the radio on, along the Jersey streets in which they grew up and of a time where life was simple yet complex at the same time. Where a night with your friends was about the quality time together and not about the booze. Where a girl with a sympathetic smile would capture your heart and where life is complete with a record player, a few dogs in the backyard and a old white Lincoln in the driveway.
As the triple j Hottest 100 opens up its digital doors for voting in its 2012 edition, we come to an end of our top 40 albums list with ten phenomenal albums. Stay tuned for our top 40 songs of 2012... they'll be launching tomorrow and running through to the New Year!
Listening to this record is like a visit from an old friend. It leaves you thinking of great memories and puts a smile not only on your face but also in your heart. The Gaslight Anthem is a band that my love and admiration will not be dented. Perhaps I shouldn’t be reviewing this record because of my blatant bias, but at the same moment, a chance to be the saviour for this record was an opportunity I could not pass up.
Everyone has that moment, where they do something outside of their norm. For some people this is actually turning up to uni lectures, or taking a few minutes to talk to the weird lady with the cats next door (I won’t throw them at you, I promise). Mostly this is a good thing, but sometimes it is just terrible (like watching Britney Spears music videos online).
Rock, metal, punk and lots of sunshine greeted Perth punters for the annual Soundwave Festival
In five short years, New Jersey quartet THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM have gone from punk rock bruisers to one of the most celebrated & prolific modern rock acts on the scene.