At the first listen to The Gaslight Anthems sophomore album The ’59 Sound, I was very impressed. The band has had a great underground following and I have been hearing things but finally got as round to checking the album out. Man this is a good one. Think Against Me! meets the vocals of Bruce Springsteen mixed with a little Rise Against. You probably thinking huh? But really its like that.
The band gives you hard rocking tunes with killer production and powerful vocals. The raspy vocals can sometimes be compared to the early punk movement with the raw power echoed vocal lines. The musicality of the disc is what is prominent the most. Their sound is recognizably from New Jersey. Their driving punk rock owe a great deal to the New Brunswick hardcore scene and acts such as The Bouncing Souls. The Gaslights Anthem´s influences go beyond New Jersey and punk and pay homage to acts from Tom Waits to Wilson Pickett and Joe Strummer, who was the subject of the track "I´da Called You Woody, Joe," the band´s second single from their debut Sink or Swim. So you will find a lot of old school rock n roll behind the sounds of this band.
The album finds guest vocals from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones´s front man Dicky Barrett on the track The Patient Ferris Wheel. There’s also some enchanting references to some other songs on the album. On the song High Lonesome you will hear references and familiar lyrics to the song Round Here by Counting Crows in the lyrics, “And Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand, I always kinda sorta wished I looked like Elvis,” and also references to Southern Accents by Tom Petty and The Heartbrekers. The band’s song, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues has another yet another reference to Petty as well with the lyrics, “Can I get a witness pretty baby, I still love Tom Petty songs, And driving old men crazy, And all while little lita is waiting.”
One great slower song in the mix as well. Harmonicas are in full effect in some tunes and great production all the way through the album especially on the drums from Tedd Hunt. A great album in the rock genre if you looking for some old school punk/rock mixed with flavors of New Wave. This album will be a delight in your collection. Thank god for bands like this breaking up the mold of today’s music. Its very refreshing to hear bands take from the old and even reference old songs. Being a big fan of Counting Crows (older material) and hearing that reference was a delight.