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Gaslight Anthem

Senor And The Queen (EP)

Sabot ACT-021

Released on March 4, 2008

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In the brief span of two years, New Brunswick, New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem have accomplished more than most bands will in a career’s worth of existence. Despite the fact that they only have one full-length to their name (2007’s Sink Or Swim), the band have written songs that are dripping with so much authenticity it seems they would take decades of hard living to craft; they played over 200 shows in 2007 alone with some of the biggest names in the punk scene such as Against Me!, The Loved Ones and The Draft; and without any gimmicks or make-up, they’ve built a buzz in the rock scene that’s growing more deafening with each passing week.

The band—which is made up of vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon, bassist Alex Levine, drummer Benny Horowitz and guitarist Alex Rosamila—are currently hard at work on their sophomore fulllength, but to tide fans over they’re excited to announce the release of the four-song EP, Señor and the Queen. Recorded during a rare few days off in Austin, Texas, last year, the EP shows the progression the band have made in the last year from literally every waking moment on the road. “We were so fresh from playing the songs on tour, so recording was the easiest thing ever,” Fallon explains, adding that the band utilized a Vox AC30 amp that was once used by Minor Threat’s Lyle Preslar on these sessions.

The result is a collection of songs that are remarkably varied, with the only unifying characteristic being their timelessness and authenticity. The opener “Señor and the Queen” is an anthemic punk track that’s reminiscent of gritty acts like Leatherface and Hot Water Music; “Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?” shows the band turning down the distortion and bearing their souls on two-inch tape in a way that would make their hometown hero Bruce Springsteen proud; ““Say I Won’t (Recognize)” is an upbeat rocker that could get even the most cynical critic out of his barstool and onto the dance floor; and “Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts” is a soulful country-tinged ballad that’s so familiar-sounding it’s difficult to believe that it isn’t a cover.

“We toured so much last year that when we came home this summer for three weeks to hang out on the Jersey shore it was really inspiring,” Fallon answers when asked about how the band’s hometown informed these songs. “I didn’t know if I was ready to undertake a concept record, but we were like, ‘we have an EP to do, so let’s just do an EP about home.’” While there’s no clear-cut narrative on the disc, the lyrics read like short stories that focus on places, people and feelings in a way that you can only truly appreciate when you’re spending most of your year inside of dirty rock clubs. “What I really love about these songs is that when we play these songs on the road, whether it’s Europe or anywhere, it reminds us of home.”

Above all, there’s also a timeless quality to the songs on Señor and the Queen, which Fallon explains is due to the fact that the band listens to such a diverse base of music. “We’re extremely influenced by older music and that’s what we want to come through,” he says, adding that Springsteen is only one of the band’s many musical inspirations and citing Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and other Motown classics as van favorites. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here, we’re just doing what we love and hopefully people will be able to sense that,” Fallon summarizes. “If we can introduce this type of music to a kid whose seventeen and never would be otherwise exposed to it, that’s amazing.”

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# Song Name Popularity
1 Senor And The Queen  20%
2 Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis? Voted #3  25%
3 Say I Won't (Recognize) Voted #2  27%
4 Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts Voted #1  28%
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David from Hagersten, Sweden 
Jul 3 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is a nice little EP. If you liked their album you should definitely get this too. Although the chorus melody on "Blue Jeans and White T-Shirt" kinda sounds like the one on "Angry Johnny And The Radio”. Nevertheless, good effort!

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Kyle from Bartlett, IL 
Apr 13 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I was not expecting something up to par with Sink or Swim, but i got it. A really good EP from a band that looks to have an extremly promising future ahead of them.

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