The Gaslight Anthem have spoken to NME about their current new album, ‘Handwritten’, their first LP release on major label Mercury.
The band’s frontman Brian Fallon explained that they received a lot of support from their new record label for their fourth album – which went into the Official UK Album Chart at Number Two – saying: “Which is cool because this is the most pressure in our career that we’ve ever been under. It’s a good feeling to have people that genuinely like what you’re doing.”
Speaking in a video which you can see at the top of your screen, Fallon added that even though he released a record with The Horrible Crowes and went on the road with the acoustic Revival Tour, while guitarist Alex Rosamilia played with hardcore band Something About Death or Dying, after their 2010 album ‘American Slang’ the group: “never stopped practising or working together or writing, but we just went and tried some other stuff, just to get it out of our systems.”
He continued: “We went and did these things just to kinda clear our minds as to what to do next… The worst thing in the world you can do is play unexcited big, excited rock’n’roll. That just sounds like a fat guy in a little coat. So, that’s not fun. Nobody likes that.”
Fallon went on to say that the new album is called ‘Handwritten’ “partially because it’s like a letter written to the listener, and partially because it was physically handwritten.”
The Gaslight Anthem recently extended their October UK tour. The band have added another show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on October 17 and will now play five dates, in addition to their forthcoming slots at Reading And Leeds Festivals later this month.