Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: The Gaslight Anthem

Posted by Amoebite, April 14, 2009 02:08pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find
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- By Scott Butterworth

Coachella LineupThe Gaslight Anthem

Day #25 - Artist #25 - The Gaslight Anthem:
The Gaslight Anthem
I think what I love about The Gaslight Anthem is that they take me back to summer days spent with my friends on Pier 30/32 on the beautiful San Francisco Bay watching our favorite punk rock bands at the annual Warped Tour. But I hate to call them a "Warped Tour" band; that label just feels so limiting. The same issue was brought up in's review of their second album, The '59 Sound, that slapped the dreaded "Sophomore Slump" across the band's face with its release in August 2008. Pitchfork's notoriously cynical reviewers expressed the essence of the band in the exact way I felt, but didn't know how to describe: "The Gaslight Anthem might work the Warped Tour mall-punk circuit, but they're not of it. Instead, they belong to an older breed of punk band, one we don't see too much anymore: Social Distortion, Alkaline Trio, fellow Jersey knuckleheads Bouncing Souls. These bands might be emotional, but they're about a million miles removed fromThe Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound emo, especially in the way that term gets tossed around now."

They are so much more than that. They carry the soul of Bruce Springsteen and The Replacements, but don't forget to pack the youth and punk rock intensity of Warped Tour OG's like Rise AgainstBouncing Souls, and Against Me.

I hesitate to put up video of live performances because more often than not, the sound quality is horrible or the "magic" of a live performance gets lost in video translation. With their recent performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, neither was the case. It came across as though they have a special power to transcend both.

"The '59 Sound" from the album The '59 Sound (2008):

"Old White Lincoln" from the album The '59 Sound (2008):

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