History Books

The Gaslight Anthem

Coloured LP, CD

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Like so many of the most essential rock bands, The Gaslight Anthem have a rare gift for finding glory in the
inescapable pain of being alive. On their new album History Books—their first new music in over nine
years—the New Jersey-bred four-piece bring their soulful breed of punk to ten thrilling songs exploring
everything from mortality to mental illness to the more precarious dimensions of human connection. In the
tradition of their seminal sophomore album The ’59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthem’s sixth full-length ultimately
achieves of the tremendous feat of hitting every raw nerve while endlessly inspiring wildly triumphant singing-
along. “A lot of this record is questioning all the bad stuff we see in the world and the difficult things we go
through in life, and asking how to deal with it,” says vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon, whose bandmates include
drummer Benny Horowitz, bassist Alex Levine, and lead guitarist Alex Rosamilia. “I think the answer is that
we’re all in this together and that somehow makes it okay, even when it’s anything but easy. The main
message of the album is empathy.” The first release from their own Rich Mahogany Recordings (a label
distributed via Thirty Tigers), History Books finds The Gaslight Anthem working with acclaimed
producer/engineer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie) and recording at his Bridgeport,
CT-based Tarquin Studios. Featuring a guest appearance from longtime Gaslight Anthem champion Bruce
Springsteen, History Books matches its unfussy yet gracefully crafted sound with the force-of-nature energy
that’s defined the band since getting their start playing basement shows back in the mid-aughts. “Making this
album clarified that we want to keep doing what we’ve always done—because no one else can do it in quite
the same way, and that’s something I’ve started to become very proud of,” says Fallon. “At the end of the day
it’s just rock-and-roll music, but I really do believe it can have a positive impact on people’s lives. I think there’s
so much beauty and magic in that.”

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Year of Release 2023
Record Label Thirty Tigers
No. of Tracks 10
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