Gig Review by Nic Jones with Gig Photos by Jason Broadhurst

The Gaslight Anthem

The first two words that come to mind when I hear the words ‘The Gaslight Anthem’ are ‘cult following’. Whilst they never seem to be part of the mainstream music consciouness, they have garnered a huge following that has made them one of the most popular rock bands of the past decade. That cult following is definitely evident in Manchester’s Apollo this Monday evening.

The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem

The band are welcomed ecstatically by fans as they hit the stage. In town to promote their fifth album, ‘Get Hurt’, seeing them in a venue like the Apollo is a treat. They walk out in front of the masses confidently and hit the ground running. The first highlight comes early on, with ‘Stay Vicious’, the opening track off their new album. Brian Fallon croons “I still love rock and roll”, and this is most certainly a gig for those who do. Alternating between slower Americana moments and thrilling guitar riffs, it’s easy to see why they have such a vast and dedicated following. In a setting such as the Apollo, every note resonates, and Fallon’s deep husky vocals are electrifying.

The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem

The band’s new material fits nicely alongside their older, enduring hits. There’s a certain nostalgia in hearing songs like ‘The ’59 Sound’ and ‘45’ which whips the crowd into a frenzy; whilst they enjoy the newer songs, much like any fan base which has been around for five albums, the older hits still invoke the strongest reaction. If Fallon and co have any fatigue in playing them it doesn’t show. They still sound fresh and relevant.

The Gaslight AnthemThe Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight AnthemThe Gaslight Anthem

The exciting thing about The Gaslight Anthem is that there’s still the opportunity for so many to discover them. They are still the kind of band you can stumble across and there’s a wealth of material for you to get to know, all of which you can count on tuning into that sound that The Gaslight Anthem do best. The great part is they clearly aren’t done yet, and if this tour is anything to go by, they won’t be for a long time.

The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem

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See the complete photo set on GJ’s Flickr.

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