The Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight Anthem is a band caught just between the lonely troubadour ache and the we’re-all-in-this-together ethos of every gutter punk. Hailing from New Brunswick, New Jersey (located just between New York City and Philadelphia), the quartet manages to mix parts of Philly’s soul and the Big Apple’s streetwise sensibility on its sophomore album, The ’59 Sound (Side One Dummy Records). The band has been building a reputation for breathless and sweaty live performances that straddle the line between the political anthems of Against Me and the romantic grandeur of Springsteen. These ingredients add up to a rollicking and exciting sound that should please the 50-year-old rock snob and wide-eyed 18-year-old alike.