The alternative band, The Gaslight Anthem is a pretty exciting band with the feel of an Americana rock style not too far removed from John Mellencamp, or even Bruce Springsteen. With several potent albums to their credit including last year’s excellent Handwritten (2012) album, and American Slang (2010) before that, this band has kept their music strong and energetic, a feeling of the past with an updated sound. It works, and works well.
On January 28, Side One Dummy Records will issue a collected set of recorded B-sides the band has recorded from 2008 through 2011 including some acoustic takes on some of their biggest songs, and a live performance of their “State Of Love And Trust”. Even better are a few covers that include the Stones’ classic, “Tumbling Disc”, as well as an acoustic cover of “Antonia Jane” by Lightning Dust (two members of Black Mountain), and a studio take of “Songs For Teenagers” by Fake Problems (please don’t tell me you haven’t heard of Fake Problems). The new album is called, simply, The B-Sides.
The album will issue as CD, LP, and DD.
For fans of The Gaslight Anthem, this collected set of tracks should make you happy to get a fresh take from the band.