The Gaslight Anthem premiered their highly-anticipated first single "Get Hurt" off the new album of the same name on Rolling Stone this morning. Fans of the band can get a listen of the single by clicking the link.
Gaslight's first major studio release Handwritten came out two years ago, quickly rising to No. 1 on the charts for U.S. Rock Albums, Alternative albums, and Scottish Albums for 2012, and tracking well in the top five and top 10 on Billboard and various countries worldwide.
Moreover, it was a stark comparison to previous records The '59 Sound and American Slang which both released on SideOneDummy, as opposed to Mercury Records.
"There's a lot more people involved, and they have a lot more- I guess the word is connections, but there's incredible amounts of people working on your things at the same time, and they've got history." the band's singer/songwriter Brian Fallon told 105.7 The Point in a radio interview of being on a major label.
One thing is for certain, and that's the Get Hurt is a long time coming. The takeaway is on the influences that Fallon cited for the music that will follow on the rest of the release, including Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, U2 and The Beatles.
In mainstream music, there's a change of pace you can't escape that's to be met as you grow with your fanbase, but Get Hurt isn't a far cry from Gaslight's previous works, so there may be something salvageable for fans familiar with past trends, and music geeks just getting wind of what's to come. Old and new fans alike can rejoice at the brand new record of one of the great New Jersey rock groups, returning off the heels of their major-label debut. If this is what we can expect off the new release, there’s certainly something salvageable about what may be a drastic change of what listener’s have come to expect, and maybe it’ll even be refreshing to hear them take a new road in their career. Only time will tell now.
You can pre-order Get Hurt by clicking here, available in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 19, and the U.K. on Aug. 18.