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For solo records, the approach is different. A
lot of it is because of life. I'm older and writing
from a different place from when I was 27. I'm
now 38. Life dictates your changes, so it's much
easier for me now because they're natural and
don't feel forced. Life decides that; you can't
say, "I'm going to hang on to this for a little
longer," because it's gone.
Do you approach guitar differently for
Gaslight Anthem compared to solo albums?

Very much so, also because of learning. I'm
the kind of person who, when I'm on tour,
or even at home, still takes lessons. I've been
playing for 20-some years and I learn a lot
from different players I meet, watch online, or
read interviews in magazines where I try and
pick up little hints. When Gaslight started, we
were young and it was more important that
we played intensely rather than well. But as
you get older, you realize there's a finesse, and
there's more you can do. So you start looking
at people who are really good players. For me,
that's Mark Knopfler. So, I started getting into
the fingerpicking. For me, it's much different
now than it was 10 years ago.
Which guitars and amps do you use?

I've got a '60s ES-355 I keep at home, and I've
been through the gambit of amps - the tweeds,
the Marshalls. I'll use a JMI Vox AC15, and a
lot of new guitars. I'll find a guitar that sounds
good to me and I'll just play it. A lot of people
love vintage guitars, but sometimes I end up
playing modern guitars, too. I think they both
serve a very good purpose. The vintage ones
I've been able to put my hands on are pretty
cool, and my ES-355 is a good one.

BRIAN FALLON

Would you say the adage holds true that
with each newly acquired guitar a songwriter picks up, new songs come out of it?

F

or the most part, modern rock music is a
studio creation, loaded with artists who
rely on enhancements and tricks. Thankfully,
there are exceptions such as Gaslight Anthem.
On The '59 Sound and American Slang, the
band - led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Brian
Fallon - combined roots rock, punk, folk, and
blues in a refreshingly real sound. And while
they haven't issued a recording since 2014,
they've reunited for a tour of Europe and the U.S.

and the hustle of the day. When we went to
record the album, it was our first experience
with a producer [Ted Hutt]. We didn't have
any idea what it would do.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the
release of The '59 Sound. What do you recall
about writing and recording the album?

Any comparison starts and ends with me
being the same person writing a song. It'd be
difficult to walk away from what I do as a writer.
Whether you're a player, musician, or a writer,
your style is innate and people you play with
add different things. So, in both situations,
you'll find similarities and differences.

At the time, we were on tour all the time.
That was our job. So, the record was written in
the back of venues and in the van. I'd grab my
acoustic and I sit by myself, away from people

At the time, did you have any idea the
record would be so special?

I thought it was good, and I was excited. But
you never know.

You have a new solo album out, too -
Sleepwalkers. How does it compare to your
previous albums?

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I would agree with that... unless the guitar
is a total dog. If there's no songs in it, then
you've got to get rid of it - it's a stray and
doesn't deserve a home (laughs)! If there's no
songs in it, then it doesn't stay in my house.
It gets evicted.
Will Gaslight Anthem continue beyond
these reunion shows?

As far as I know, this is what we have and
that's it. We came to the point where we decided
if we had something we thought was fresh
to offer the world, we would do it. And if we
didn't, then we wouldn't, because a lot bands
get trapped in this thing where they keep going
because they feel like they have to. Or they're
doing it for money. To put out something that
your heart is not 100 percent into... I don't think
that serves the legacy of what you've built. We
said, "We don't have anything right now." So,
that's what we're doing, to honor where we
came from. - Greg Prato

Brian Fallon: Jim Wright.

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