The Gaslight Anthem return with “45″, the first insight into their forthcoming fourth album, Handwritten, which is due out on July 24. The track, which got its first play worldwide on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show at 19.30, sees a return to the energetic punk Americana of their second album, The ’59 Sound.
Handwritten was produced in Nashville, Tennessee with Brendan O’Brien, whose previous credits include Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Aerosmith, Neil Young and Red Hot Chili Peppers. You can definitely get a feel of stadium rock-style anthems that will no doubt dominate Handwritten, through “45″.
Frontman Brian Fallon told This is Fake DIY:
“Lyrically, I wanted to get away from writing in ‘jive talk’. On our old records I had this slang that was sort of early Springsteen-eese, Central Jersey slang, and poor grammar. I ran out of steam with what I used to do, and the only thing left was what I am right now, so that’s what I wrote about. I went straight for the point and tried to be as precise as I could be.
“I think the music did the same thing, stripped away all the extra bits that didn’t need to be there. We looked to the things we loved collectively rather than me steering the music into just my kind of music. The thing we agree on, is the 70s rock bands like The Who and Led Zeppelin, and 90s music, like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Some of the songs even have a Neil Young vibe from when he went electric.”
The New Brunswick based band are set to play this year’s Reading and Leeds festival, alongside the likes of Lollapalooza and Area 4 during the summer.