You guys have blown up so quickly in the past year with everybody just absolutely addicted to your sound, can you talk about that a little bit?
Brian Fallon (vocals, guitar): It's strange. I mean, all of a sudden there were kids at shows. One day there wasnít and then all of a sudden there was. It seems like, I donít know, itís so fast. Weíve played Asbury Lanes a hundred times and we never had like a sold out or ticket sales and thatís nuts. I canít really explain how itís happening.
We talk about having fun a lot. Maybe thatís it. I donít know many bands out there that just talk about having a good time. Maybe thatís it. Iím really just grateful for it.
In becoming big so quickly, have you guys had any growing pains or tough adjustments?
Alex Rosamila (guitar): Our schedule has gotten really hectic. Being homeless, thatís something I had to get used to, not having my own place.
BF: When we come home from tour some of the guys have to bounce between friends' couches and things like that. I think not having a place to stay and just keeping up with the schedule. I think being so quickly thrown into this wow weíre on tour for eight months straight. And I think thatís kinda been rough.
SeŮor and the Queen featured four different sounds, why did you choose to fluctuate so much in your sound?
BF: I think it was more of a drifting between Sink or Swim and what we were going to do with The í59 Sound and I was definitely feeling some kind of transition happening. I feel like that was us figuring out the transition to the next record. The first two songs were written in January and the second two were written in February and we kinda figured it out more as the last two songs sound more like the record than the first two song. I think ďElvisĒ was a big transition point. I think that was like ďWhoa! I think we got something here.Ē
Benny Horowitz (drums): Yeah, it was definitely trying new stuff. It was the process too, I guess. You ask us in two years, weíll probably say The í59 Sound was our attempt to get somewhere else.
ĒBlue Jeans and White T-ShirtsĒ is a real blue-collar story, can you talk a little bit about the songís background?
BF: That song is just about our friends from home, from New Brunswick and from Asbury Park and itís just like the scene we have here. I actually saw a picture of our last show at [Asbury] Lanes and itís a bunch of guys on the stage singing and all of us were wearing white t-shirts and blue jeans and I was just like, ďMan, thatís cool.Ē And the picture just represented having a good time at a show. Yeah, so that songís kind of about home.
On both Sink or Swim and Senor and the Queen we hear a lot about Maria. Why did you decide to call every girl Maria?
BF: Thatís kind of a secret. Youíll steal all my mojo if I tell you what thatís about. Nah, man thatís a personal thing.
The recurring themes in your music seem to center around the radio, driving and getting out of a current situation, can you talk about that?
BF: Yeah, thatís just what we do here. Driving and trying to get a little bit better our parents did, I guess? To not have to worry? I donít know. That was the whole thing like ďIím gonna get in a band. I know I canít be a doctor so Iím gonna try to leave here and make something different.Ē I think like, ďItís just over that next highwayĒ thing. You know, the answer. Weíre searchers, wanderers.
BH: I think itís what you do around here a lot of the time. Itís not like any real cities usually in Jersey. You do a lot of driving, a lot of listening to music.
Touching on that last question, what was your first car?
BF: My first car was a Plymouth Horizon hatchback that my momís friend gave to me. And it made it about a week, but it was awesome. That car meant freedom like that was it for me.
BH: Mine was a 1990 Ford Tempo that died. I had to take it off the road because it almost killed me a number of times.
Alex Levine (bass): í93 Mazda MX3 and I almost died in that car actually.
AR: 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and drove it into the ground. It was gray with maroon interior and I literally drove it into the ground.
So whatís next for the Gaslight Anthem? Youíve done Europe and said you wanted to go back, have you thought about Japan?
BF: Yeah weíve thought about Japan.
AR: Nobodyís though about it for us, I guess. [Laughs]
BF: Then Warped Tour, home for a few days then to Australia.
The album comes out in August, what exactly is The í59 Sound
BF: Thatís another one of those secrets. Those are the secrets of rock 'n' roll. You donít ask Elvis to see his blue suede shows, ya know? You donít ask Bruce where Thunder Road is. Itís like, whatever a better time is for you. Whatever reminds you of a better time. I look at 1959 like rock 'n' roll was just coming around and it was a simpler time, I think. There were issues back then too, but thereís always issues.
BH: Even in our reality, they werenít our issues so we can reflect on it in a different way than people who went through it. A positive light.
Whatís one thing you want your fans to know about the new album?
BF: We tried to just make a record that people could look back on and go ďWhatís the Gaslight Anthem sound like?Ē ďAw dude, this is the record.Ē We tried to define ourselves, really, with this one.