Arguably, more famous acts have walked out of New Jersey – the Misfits, for one, My Chemical Romance as well, and Bouncing Souls and Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen all once called the Garden State home. But if you were to pit all of their fan bases against the fan base of New Brunswick's own star band, The Gaslight Anthem, the latter's fans could very easily win out in a test of endurance and love for their favorite band.
Why? Because while the Gaslight Anthem's fame has come very late in its career, its fan base has been there since the beginning, and its only gotten stronger and bigger with every new album. And no one knows that better than the members of Gaslight Anthem, especially front man and public face of the band, Brian Fallon.
Since 2006, The Gaslight Anthem has been delivering alternative punk rock with an Americana folk flare across the country. Their first studio album, 2007's Sink or Swim, didn't chart on the Billboard, but their next three albums have – 2008's The '59 Sound, 2010's American Slang and 2011's Handwritten, the latest peaking on the Billboard charts at the number three spot. With a fifth studio album already in the works, this band has no plans of slowing down their growing discography.
Brian Fallon is only too aware of his band's growing fame, and it shows when he's on stage. He has a reputation for talking to the audience between songs like he's performing in his living room and the audience are his friends. He's slowly been becoming more comfortable with the stage, but any qualms about performing live vanish when he hits the guitar and the songs begin. And with Alex Rosamilia, Alex Levine and Benny Horowitz on stage with Fallon, the songs come fast and furious, often riffing on one another and the sounds that have made them a hit.
One thing is for certain: you don't come to a Gaslight Anthem show to hear a play-by-play, note-by-note reproduction of their albums. Opening guitar solos get expanded, tracks are expanded to allow some musical variations, and occasionally they'll break in the middle of a song to cover another band's song before switching back to the first song.
If you need more proof of their fans' dedication, go to a live show. No matter where the band goes, everyone knows the words to every one of their songs, even from their 2008 EP Señor and the Queen, which for the longest time was in heavy rotation as part of Gaslight Anthem's live sets.
When Brian Fallon spoke to Clash Magazine, he said that hearing his band's songs on the radio, the one object from his childhood he revered the most was “the dream.” Right now, for The Gaslight Anthem, the dream is already coming true.