The Gaslight Anthem have been championed by many as saviours of the guitar genre Their critically acclaimed sophomore effort "The 59 Sound" was a perfect introduction to the band's unique blend of punk and Americana music and with it, Brian Fallon and his cohorts were instantly propelled into the limelight. Riding the wave with "American Slang" which was a continuation that built upon the themes and stylings of "The 59 Sound" but remained dwarfed under the enormity of the prior effort.
"Handwritten", which was released earlier this year, was a step outside of their signature sound and leant more towards the musings of Pearl Jam and The Replacements, and it was from there that New Brunswick's finest went from hometown heroes to headline acts. Tonight's show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham could have easily have filled an arena. With tickets selling out within the first few days, the demand for The Gaslight Anthem was overwhelming. Lines stretched out of the venue and the audience was packed to such claustrophobic levels it was surprising that anybody could move.
When you see your favorite band being sung by so many people, you lose the feeling of them being "that band that only you know", and some fans would estrange themselves because of it, but looking and listening out there across that vast crowd at the O2 Academy, it's heart-warming that a band such as The Gaslight Anthem have managed to relate to so many different people.