Interview with The Gaslight Anthem: Old Friends And Old Sounds

Do you ever feel like you’re encouraging the retro-Springsteen/Dylan comparison with songs being about shit in the ‘50s and ‘60s and including those random riffs and references from older material, while you guys were all born in the ‘80s?

I see what you’re saying, but Brian doesn’t know the ‘80s. For some reason, it skipped right over him. I don’t know what happened. His mom was a folk singer, he was pretty much raised on that stuff. Soul music is also the only kind of music all four of us can agree with.

Did you get anything besides the Fleetwood Mac record or no?

I got a couple of ABBA records, because I’m set on owning the entire ABBA catalog on vinyl. I would say that’s a guilty pleasure, but I don’t feel guilty admitting it, so it’s just a pleasure then, I guess. Then I got the reissue of Love And Hate In Dub by Godflesh, and that pretty much rounded out my purchasing for today. I’m a little upset. I usually come up with a couple more things, but no.

Did you find your own stuff?

Oh yeah. Yeah. It was all over the place. 7”, vinyls, t-shirts and hoodies I didn’t even know we fucking had with my face on them.

You didn’t know about those t-shirts?

The one’s with my face on them? No. I had no idea they existed. (laughs).

That is awesome. Are you at least getting a check for them?

Oh yeah. I know about them. After I saw them, I was like, ‘Oh, these are those ones.’

The Gaslight Anthem perform at NYC’s Webster Hall on March 27, the Trocadero in Philadelphia on March 28, and the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on May 8. The ’59 Sound is out now. For more info, visit