If you haven’t heard of The Gaslight Anthem then I’m not sure what rock you’ve been under, but it’s time to come out into the light of the sun. I’m teasing, of course, but truly the band is deserving of its more recent fame and popularity. Tomorrow, their latest album, Handwritten, is coming out to rave reviews, and I, for one, can’t wait to buy it.

I could wax poetic about the band and the music, but I’ll let NPR do it for me. From NPR’s First Listen of the new album: “You may have heard every ingredient before, but in this particular concoction, they all sound amazing — all blood and guts, life and death, youth and danger, wistful memories and thwarted lust. If there were a psychotropic drug that made users feel like James Dean, Handwritten would render it redundant.”


From the new album:

“Here in the dark, I cherish the moonlight
I’m in love with the way you’re in love with the night
And it travels from heart to limb to pen.”
— Handwritten, The Gaslight Anthem

From American Slang:

From The 59 Sound (this is one of my all-time favorite songs):

12 thoughts on “Listening: The Gaslight Anthem’s New Album — Handwritten

  1. I’m absolutely desperate to know where you found that poster? I’ve been searching high and low and I can’t find it anywhere. I really want to buy you have the original link where you found it?

    1. Errr, whoops. Google tells me that Dave Hause was the opening performer. Hmm. It seems like it might’ve been a poster for the DC show or something? Ayiyi. If you find something better, do let me know, and I’ll keep looking, too.

      1. Damn. I just read only 50 were made and only for the DC show. Oh well, thanks for all your help! Also, I’d recommend you check out Dave Hause’s music as you didn’t know who he was..he’s really great. Also check out The Loved Ones, Dave’s band 🙂

  2. I guess I’ve been living under one huge rock! Thanks for enlightening me! 🙂

    BTW, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you decide to accept it, the details are on my blog. 🙂

    1. Aw, man, thank you so much!! 😀 I’m sorry I’m just now replying to this. I was sick with a week long migraine (it was so awful) and I’m behind in all areas of my life. I think I’m even going to have to take a break from my Mon & Thurs posting schedule this week because I’m just so wiped from this migraine and behind in all areas of my life. 🙂 Thank you for that nomination! That is so sweet! 😀 I’ll check out your blog for details.

      1. Ouch! A week-long migraine sounds dreadful. Please don’t worry about it. I completely understand and it’s entirely up to you if you feel like accepting or not. Take care! 🙂

  3. I have a copy of this poster for sale. You can email me at or search ‘Gaslight Anthem 7/20/12’ on ebay. I’d rather cut a deal with you people since you seem like more die hard fans! BTW definitely check out Dave Hause’s solo stuff, The Loved Ones, and if you like hardcore.. he used to be in an AMAZIng band called Paint it Black. They’re still around and they’re still close with him.

    1. Awesome! I’m sorry I’m just replying. I’ve been away from my blog for a few days. I definitely plan to look into Dave Hause’s stuff. Thanks for the heads up and for the note about the poster. I’m considering a purchase for sure! It’s a great poster!

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