The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon: ‘We’ve never had this much support’

The New Jersey punks release their fourth album, 'Handwritten', today (July 23)

The Gaslight Anthem‘s Brian Fallon has spoken about putting out the band’s new album ‘Handwritten’ to NME, saying that he always gets anxious around the release of a new record.

The band’s fourth album, is out today (July 23).

“Oh yeah, every time,” revealed Fallon, when asked about if he gets nervous over releasing an album. He added: “There’s a lot more expectation of this one. People are saying ‘Oh, it’s gonna be a huge record’ and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I hope so!'”

He continued: “I’ve never had this much support – like, we’ve gotten BBC A list, which to me is insane. That’s insane, I can’t believe that… I don’t know how many copies the record is gonna sell and I don’t care because I feel like I’ve already won. We’ve achieved so much in so short of a time, that it’s just really, really amazing to see that.”

When asked which track on the new album meant the most to him, Fallon responded: “It’s hard to pick a favourite, it would be like if you had a bunch of kids, I guess, [but] I would say the one that was most rewarding to write was probably ‘Keepsake’. Or ‘National Anthem’. They were something that I was trying to say for a really long time.”

He added that he tried to write for the new record without “hiding under characters or where I live or the mysticism of New Jersey, because that’s an easy thing to write about… To be able to step away from that and write about your real life so openly was challenging, scary and rewarding.”

He went on to say that when it comes to delving into his personal life for song inspiration: “it’s all fair game. For me, there’s no point in being an artist and putting yourself out there if you’re not going to really put yourself out there.”

The Gaslight Anthem recently extended their October UK tour. They added another show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on October 17 and will now play five dates. Support on the tour will come from Blood Red Shoes. They will return to the UK for appearances at Reading & Leeds Festivals at the end of August.

‘Handwritten’ has been produced by Rage Against The Machine/Red Hot Chili Peppers knob twiddler Brendan O’Brien.

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