Gaslight Anthem return with new single

The Gaslight Anthem unveil a brand new single called 45, in advance of the release of their fourth album later in the year. The New Jersey rockers, who have a mutual appreciation relationship with Bruce Springsteen, will premiere the song on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show.

Lowe will play the single in the Hottest Record in the World slot on his evening show on April 30. The new album, which will be called Handwritten, does not yet have a release date, but looks likely to come out in the summer.

Their last album, American Slang in 2010, took the band to a new level, and they became a favourite on the festival circuit in Europe and the USA. This summer they support the reunited grunge band Soundgarden on their European tour, and have also scheduled their own London show at KOKO on June 11.

Songwriter Brian Fallon has been busy since 2010 with his side project The Horrible Crowes, who released their album Elsie last year. Fallon has described the new Gaslight Anthem songs as "pretty personal and pretty aggressive", which could also apply to the Horrible Crowes material.

Fallon promises songs that are much faster and more direct than American Slang, although The Gaslight Anthem have recently been exploring classic rock territory, covering songs by Bob Dylan and The Who in the last year. The new album was recorded in Nashville, and the band have recently gone back into the studio to record some more cover versions and B-sides.

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