The Gaslight Anthem performs Friday at DeLuna Fest. / Special to GoPensacola.com
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The Gaslight Anthem just keeps getting bigger. The New Jersey band got a lot of attention a few years ago with their second album, ďThe í59 Sound.Ē With ďHandwritten,Ē the band signed to a major label, Mercury, and worked with producer Brendan OíBrien. Itís the sound of a band continuing to grow, yet not forgetting the music and influences to get them where they are now.
The band plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the DeLuna Stage. Lead singer Brian Fallon, who is in the midst of yet another tour, took some time to talk before DeLuna Fest.
Q: Where are you guys right now?
A: Iím in Montreal, in Canada.
Q: Are you guys doing a show there tonight?
A: Yeah, weíre on tour with Rise Against and Hot Water Music and weíre doing a show at the hockey thing. I guess they call it a hockey arena.
Q: Is this the first night of your tour?
A: Second. The big number two.
Q: How was big number one?
A: It was all right. Not too bad, outside. It was not a bad night, a little chilly. I wore a jacket, it was good.
Q: Have you guys toured with them before?
A: Yeah, weíve toured with both of them before. They are friends of ours, they are good guys.
Q: Are you a band that likes to play outside?
A: Iíll take what I can get. Iíll take inside, outside, whatever.
Q: You ever played on a beach before?
A: A beach? Yeah, thereís a outside stage at The Stone Pony (in Asbury Park, N.J.) that we play at.
Q: Well, thatís where this festival is going to be. Itís going to be in the middle of a beach on the Gulf.
A: Yeah, itís going to be the best, I think.
Q: You ever been to Pensacola before?
A: Yeah, Iíve been there a couple times.
Q: How come? Vacation?
A: Probably for a show. I donít really go on vacation ever. Iíve never been a vacation guy, you know?
Q: What do you do instead of vacation?
A: Stay home. Because I always travel all the time, so I donít want to go anywhere else, I just want to go home.
Q: How was working with Brendan OíBrien (on the new album)? It sounds like thereís more polish on the recording.
A: Yeah, well, you get good equipment and a guy with good ears and he knows how to make it sound good. Thatís his thing. He makes records sound nice, which I think is a good thing.
Q: Did he play any instruments on the album?
A: Yeah, of course, he played all kinds of crazy stuff like the mandolin and he had this didgeridoo thing.
It was crazy. He really went to town on it, which was cool. He added a lot of extra spice to it, you know?
Q: How long did this one end up taking to record?
A: It took three weeks. That was it.
Q: Is that fast? Slow?
A: Thatís normal time. We had as much time as we needed, but we didnít need much time.
Q: I like the song ď45,Ē it seems like there is a sense of nostalgia in the lyrics Why vinyl? Are you a vinyl guy?
A: Itís just an audio thing. People love to say, ďAw, you like records. It must be nostalgia, blah blah blah.Ē Itís just that they sound better. I think they sound sonically better compared to a digital recording, you know? You get a lot of loss from the compression they put on an MP3, so thatís kind of what the vibe is.
I drive a normal car, and I have a coffee maker. I donít have a horse and carriage. Nostalgiaís not really a big part of my life.
Q: Did you listen to vinyl when you were a kid?
A: I listened to everything. My mom had records. Some things she had on vinyl and some things she had on tapes and CDs. I donít have this staunch vinyl stance. Itís just that people like it, and it sounds good, you know? We put our records on vinyl as well as digital downloads and CDs. If there were cassettes, weíd probably put them out on that too.
Q: What would you be doing if you didnít do music? Did you ever have a plan of what you wanted to do after high school?
A: Not really. I kind of always wanted to be a musician. I just worked jobs to get by while I was working my way up here. Iím not really sure what Iíd be doing. I donít really think about that too much. You just kind of see where life takes you.
Q: How long have you been doing music now? When did you start?
A: I started when I was maybe about 11. I started playing guitar and took some lessons. So basically since I was 11, so, I donít know, 21 years? Crazy.
Q: What was your first guitar?
A: It was a little Charvel Stratocaster (laughs).
Q: How long are you going to be touring this record?
A: Weíll probably keep going until sometime at the end of next year. And then start to maybe think about doing a new record.
Q: Are you doing anything different live this time around?
A: We have three guitarists now (Ian Perkins). But thatís really it, just playing a bunch of new songs. We donít really have any lights or things like that, we donít really see the point for that right now, you know?
Q: Whatís your favorite song from the new album to play live?
A: I donít know; itís early on. Early days. I think all of them right now. Itís hard to pick a favorite.
Q: What do you like doing when youíre on tour?
A: I just hang around the show most of the time. I like to hang around with the crew guys and mess with guitars and mess with amps. I donít really travel around too much ever.
Q: What about at festivals?
A: I watch tons of bands. Thatís the time you get to see all the bands you wanted to check out, you know?
Q: Whatís the best show youíve seen this summer?
A: I saw Refused play, which was really good. They were pretty great.
Q: Did you see them back in the day?
A: No, I didnít see them the first time around. I wasnít really into it. But I just saw them now. We kind of became friends with them through other bands, so I kind of came to be fond of them later.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to on the road?
A: I listen to all different stuff. Thereís a guy named Matt Mays that Iím really into right now. Iíve been into him for a while but heís got a new record out that I really like called ďCoyote.Ē And Iíve been listening to that a lot.
Q: Anything else?
A: Thereís a guy named Matthew Ryan I listen to. I just listen to a lot of different music though, you know, to keep my palate open.
The Gaslight Anthem just keeps getting bigger. The New Jersey band got a lot of attention a few years ago with their second album, 'The '59 Sound.' With 'Handwritten,' the band signed to a major
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