The Gaslight Anthem
is gearing up to release their fifth studio album in August. According to frontman Brian Fallon, we can expect to hear pieces of Handwritten
and pieces of The 59' Sound
, but we should be ready for pieces of something that "has never been touched by this band before." The new record, titled Get Hurt
, was recorded this spring at Nashville's Blackbird Studios, and if the teaser track is any indication, it's dusted with a little bit of the blues.
"Rollin' and Tumblin'", the boys' first release off of Get Hurt
, opens on a White Stripes style guitar riff before quickly shaking the southern blues rock strange, and diving head first into that uniquely Jersey-style blues rock anthem. It starts loud, it ends loud, and it never stops for air. It's the kind of song that might just stop breathing all together if it paused to think about it. The song moves thematically like an articulate drunk, it opens on it's finest note, but rather than fall from fine into a slur and stumble, it recognizes itself and leans into it's finest moment all the way through. That particular brand of fun colored fury is difficult to do without becoming a broken record or a cheap fist pump, but Gaslight Anthem has simply rolled out an honest anthem as simple as it's chorus: "And all of my friends wanna get into heaven/And all I keep thinkin' is 'I wish you were here'/And I heard that they been callin' me 'the great depression'/Rollin' and tumblin', breakin' my own heart again."
Listen to the official track below.