Title track, “History Books (feat. Bruce Springsteen),” out now
The Gaslight Anthem’s sixth full-length (and first release from their own Rich Mahogany Recordings, distributed via Thirty Tigers), HISTORY BOOKS sees the New Jersey-bred band once again bringing their soulful breed of life-affirming rock n’ roll to explore everything from mortality and mental illness to the more precarious dimensions of human connection.
The heavy-hearted title track – which sees frontman Brian Fallon trading duet vocals with longtime band champion and fellow New Jerseyan Bruce Springsteen – is accompanied by an official music video (directed by Kelsey Ayres) The album was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Peter Katis (The National, Kurt Vile) at his Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT.
“When Bruce Springsteen said I should write a duet for us, I think my head exploded,” said Brian Fallon. “It will never get old to me that one of the greatest songwriters in the world, and one of my hero’s voices, will forever be captured in a song I wrote at a small wooden desk, in October, in New Jersey.”
“When you have a band reach any level of success or popularity, that’s a gift,” Fallon says. “It’s truly a miracle to be able to do your art for a living. Having the band come this far and still find inspiration and connection in our music, is a treasure. We’re thrilled to be back, and we thank our fans for allowing us time to regroup.”
In the glorious tradition of their seminal 2008 sophomore album, The ’59 Sound, the new LP matches its raw emotional power with the rich craft and wildly triumphant energy that has defined the band since its very start.
“None of us wanted to make a very sombre or serious record showing how much we’ve matured,” says Fallon. “We’ve all changed and grown and learned so much, but the overall mood was a feeling of excitement to be back together and making music that means something to us.”
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