primary-Gaslight AnthemGenre: Punk & Alternative Rock

On August 6, 2008 Gaslight Anthem made British music history after they became the first band to ever appear on the cover of Kerrang! magazine without the magazine having previously written about them. Kerrang! called them “The best new band you’ll hear in 2008.”[5] In addition, the band has received airplay on BBC6 Music[6], and embarked on a UK & European tour in November.[5]

The band’s second full-length album, The ’59 Sound, was released on August 19, 2008 through SideOneDummy Records. The record was produced by Ted Hutt and features Hot Water Music‘s Chris Wollard and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones‘s Dicky Barrett as guests. The album was voted the #1 album of 2008 by eMusic[7], and received a high rating from Pitchfork Media.[8]

In 2008, the band covered “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” for the Johnny Cash tribute album All Aboard! A Tribute to Johnny Cash.[9] In 2009, the band’s song “I’da Called You Woody, Joe” was featured as part of the soundtrack of the video game Skate 2. The band regularly covers Tom Petty‘s “American Girl” live.[10]

In 2009, The Gaslight Anthem supported Social Distortion on their European tour and was announced as a support act for Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews at Hyde Park Calling.[11]

At England’s Glastonbury Festival on June 27, 2009, Bruce Springsteen joined the band on stage during their performance of “The ’59 Sound.” Brian Fallon later contributed to Springsteen’s headlining set, performing the song “No Surrender.” [12] Following these performances, sales of The ’59 Sound increased by 200%.[13] At London‘s Hard Rock Calling festival on June 28, the band was again joined by Springsteen on stage and again performed “The ’59 Sound.” As with Glastonbury, Fallon contributed to Springsteen’s headlining set and joined him in singing “No Surrender”.

In August 2009, The Gaslight Anthem won the 2009 Kerrang! Award for “Best International Newcomer”.[14]

On August 7, 2009, The Gaslight Anthem performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

The band is confirmed to perform at the UK’s Reading and Leeds Festivals in late August, and has announced an extensive North American headline tour set for September and October. Murder By Death, Frank Turner, and Loved Ones are among the supports on this tour.

The end of 2009 will see The Gaslight Anthem entering the studio once again with producer Ted Hutt, to begin recording their second album for SideOneDummy Records, due out in the first half of 2010.

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