Singing in the Pounding Rain with the Gaslight Anthem [REVIEW]
After seeing The Gaslight Anthem play Governors Ball Music Festival this past Saturday night, there is one certainty: it’s time to bring back the boys from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Specifically, back beyond their ten year anniversary tour of The ’59 Sound, and back beyond their indefinite hiatus that started in 2015.
The majority of the teenage population making up GovBall opted to watch Travis Scott Saturday night; the people who crammed in for Gaslight were mostly made up of real fans. Sure, the crowd was thinner than it should have been, but that didn’t deter Brian Fallon and Co. from delivering an hour-forty-five of blistering rock ballads, as if playing a sold out arena.
The cool thing about The Gaslight Anthem’s jam-packed set was that on either end of the full play of The ’59 Sound, they picked some of their best songs to belt out with the crowd – including two from the beloved Señor & The Queen EP. The show was a singalong to end all singalongs. The band was tight, and though the banter between songs was skint, it was completely genuine and unrehearsed. There’s no question that Brian Fallon wears his heart on his sleeve, and his positivity radiates onto the audience.
As far as highlights are concerned, one of the most magical concert moments of all time happened in the middle of their set. After a day of the relentless sun beating down on festival goers, the sky opened up and it started to downpour as the band played, “The Patient Ferris Wheel,” of which the chorus is “I’ve never felt so strange, standing in the pounding rain.” Fallon’s face lit up brighter than the whirling stage lights, and he grinned through the entire song. Rather than taking cover, fans dug in, sang louder and danced harder. It’s not often that the stars align to create this scene of musical perfection.
And yeah, most fans have aged alongside the band, but they had no trouble throwing their fists in the air to the same power-punch parts as they did in the small clubs a decade ago. It’s because Gaslight songs strike that unmistakeable chord of upbeat catchiness paired with anthemic lyrics that simmer long after the set is over. It’s nearly impossible to sit still with them on stage.
The Gaslight Anthem is as relevant as ever. Maybe even timeless. Like Bruce Springsteen, their songs completely hold up after a decade. Infused with punk undertones, they’re rampant with love, loss, old-timey nostalgia, and that “scream at the top of your lungs” kind of emotion that is nonexistent in most of today’s new releases. And their songs only get better as the years pass. So get tickets for the rest of their tour – you won’t be sorry.
Full concert below: