Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
The ’59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem from the forthcoming album, The ’59 Sound, on SideOneDummy Records.
The Gaslight Anthem is a relatively new quartet out of New Brunswick, NJ, and takes its name from the famed NYC music venue. Their debut, Sink or Swim, was released a little over a year ago, and they’ve more or less been touring ever since. Somehow, in the middle of it all, the band managed to release an EP back in February and now we have the upcoming full-length to look forward to. All that hard work was quickly picked up on by the UK’s popular music weekly Kerrang!, which named TGA
The Best New Band You’ll Hear in 2008. By layering their obvious punk foundation with a keen interest in rockabilly and ’50s & ’60s soul, they certainly have big cross-genre appeal, not to mention their affinity for Springsteen-esque epics. The ’59 Sound is the band’s first for SideOneDummy and their first using an outside producer, Ted Hutt (The Bouncing Souls). They also made sure to give the new record more time than their previous efforts while in the studio, which allowed for a well-polished album that still maintains the live energy the band was striving for. I don’t know if I’d say it’s the best thing I’ve heard all year, but I’m also not ready to count it out. Check out their MySpace page for the grocery list of shows they’ve got coming up but only after watching this video for
The ’59 Sound: