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PostSubject: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:11 pm

I am always trying to get people interested in TGA and I have used a lot of different ways of describing them, currently I say they sound like "Bruce Springsteen playing for The Clash"

How do you describe them to new people?
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:32 am

Bruce Springsteen singing for a melodic uptempo punk band
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:41 pm

Awesome or really cool.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:01 pm

I say the same thing as you e7c
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:26 pm

i always feel like i never get it right when i try to compare bands to other, more well known bands. i end up saying "well, kinda, but not really, just listen to them." i guess for gaslight i just describe a lot of their influences and describe the major differences between the two records. i haven't got any succinct answer like e7c.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:45 pm

Yeah, that's a tough one. There's no good way to explain it in terms of other bands I suppose; even though it's not like they're genre defying.
I tell people it's punk Bruce Springsteen, or The Killers w/o synth (that one's not accurate at all, but it gets people's attention).

In the end, I ask friends to just play it in the background while they're doing something else, then give it another listen and pay close attention to the lyrics.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:57 pm

I usually describe them as a rock band that has blues/punk roots. Or I just quote brian and tell them they sound like bruce fronting the cure. But I think e7c has their sound description nailed
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:15 am

They don't really sound like The Clash, but for people unfamiliar with punk I'd say it's good description.
Gaslight sounded like peers like The Loved Ones, Bouncing Souls, Against and Hot Water Music to me at first with a Springsteen influenced singer on Sink Or Swim.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:04 pm

if the Killers lost the glam and wrote songs that meant something...
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:51 pm

paratrooper wrote:
if the Killers lost the glam and wrote songs that meant something...

haha. you mean that spaceman song wasnt meaningful to you? ...im waiting to read tomaldo's response.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:18 am

I tell them it's like candy for their ears.

Then I get serious and say it's like Bruce Springsteen writing songs after he's watched a film noir movie while listening to The Replacements on his iPod.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:21 pm

i just say "theyre fucking awesome. listen to them."
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:36 pm

I gave my sister a cd with their music on it today. I figured it wouldn't to any good to compare them to Bruce Springsteen in her case, so I just said, "Here, this is better than the music you listen to."

She says she liked it.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:51 pm

haha. i think that's the best description ive heard thus far!

"here, this is better than the music you listen to"
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:55 pm

I think they sound more like the Replacements than anyone else.

When they covered "Left of the Dial", I could have sworn it was Westerberg singing when I closed my eyes.

A lot of similar guitar work too as on many other Mats songs.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:03 am

You just gotta have them listen.
Or tell them it's kind of like Bruce writing songs for the Ramones on the first one.
Or like The Clash channeling Buddy Holly for The '59 Sound..
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:49 pm

a punky bruuuuce
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:24 pm

One of the bands that's saving music.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:42 pm

Agreed, Vibes!

Um, I go with "Rock band from the school of Bruce with a bit of Rockabilly." Though I don't know if they technically fit into the rockabilly category.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:07 am

Harry Lime wrote:
"Here, this is better than the music you listen to."

Hell yeah, that is awesome! I think I am going to use that line.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:01 pm

i tink bruce with a hint of punk, and sometimes just pure genius.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:07 am

I was trying to think of this the other day.

Its trying to describe that whole genre of bands like Gaslight, Lucero & Springsteen. You know, they tell a story with raw emotion and have a singer with a voice like gravel, sad songs about girls and the old times and the south.

Can anyone help me out here?
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:25 am

Had a look on wikipedia at the genres and i guess its a mix of these
cowpunk
outlaw country
roots rock
heartland rock
amerciana
sad southern rock
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:34 am

I like the soul-punk label myself. TGA and Bruce wouldn't really fall under heartland or southern although Lucero could.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you describe The Gaslight Anthem to people?   Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:35 pm

gaslight = southern? cowpunk? outlaw country?
definitely no, no, no
the only label there i would really agree on is a touch of americana, but minus any southern tinges and + punk/soul/rocknroll/whatever else

and i don't really think brian's voice is that gravelly.
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