"Tonight You Have Broken My Heart."
Tonight we played the third show of a three night stand in NYC. It was a beautiful venue at Pier 26 and we played with one of my favorite bands the Hold Steady. But tonight, after the show, I found myself with some things I feel I need to say that have been a long time coming…
I play music because something stirs inside of my heart and it needs to be expelled. I have found from a young age that music is the avenue which relieves me. It allows me to say words and choose notes that speak to my own soul. It comforts me. There are people who have found something in my band’s songs that speak to them as well. I’ve met some of them, they come to our shows and have purchased our records because they’ve found something that speaks to them somewhere in the things we have created. That, to me, is amazing.
However, I feel it necessary to address that we are The Gaslight Anthem. We play Gaslight Anthem songs. We’re not the band you think we may be akin to. My name isn’t Bruce, It’s not Eddie, or Joe, or Paul either. If you’d like to hear their songs they are readily available and the former two tour quite often. You should go see them, they put on great shows. They play long sets over two hours sometimes. It’s truly amazing to watch them at their craft. But again, we’re not them. We have a different set of rules. We’re on a different course, because we aren’t them and can’t be them. We have to find our path, because that’s the only honest thing we can do. Which is where I find myself now, proud of what we’ve done, and where we’ve come from, but it’s time to find the next thing. Time to create a new sound, time to create the next Gaslight Anthem.
We will always play those songs, but we will never be that band again.
When I was 27 years old we wrote a record called the ‘59 Sound. It was our first break. We got to work with a wonderful man named Ted Hutt who taught us things we never would’ve known without him.
I was a kid pouring his heart out about what moved him inside and what I loved. Now I have to be a man pouring my heart out about what moves me inside.
Bands who have long careers change. Drastically. That doesn’t mean they no longer like what they did in the past or what got them where they are. It means they have to create and be true to who they are RIGHT NOW, not be true to what people want them to be.
To say that bands don’t owe their fans anything is wrong. They owe them the truth of their art. They owe them a performance of songs they’ve written at that specific show as they are that evening. The ticket doesn’t promise what happened at a show three years ago, or five years ago, or ten years from now. Live music is beautiful that way, because it’s that night only. It’ll never be that show again.
When you go see a band it’s a gamble, like going to see a movie. You may not like it in the end. But you can’t change it. It is what it is. The only difference between bands and movies is that one show might be 90 minutes, one show might be three hours. But the ticket just says what band is playing. It doesn’t make promises of that cover they did once,
or that guest they had last week, or… your favorite song.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about…
I love the movie Kill Bill. I love Uma Thurman, but no matter how hard I wish or yell at the screen, or insult, or wave my hands. She’s not coming over after the film. No matter how many times I watch it. It’s also not gonna change, it’s not gonna add a scene or delete a scene just because I want to get to my favorite part quicker. She’s not gonna make out with me because I think she’s pretty. She doesn’t owe me anything because I like her or her movies. She is not her work.
I am not my work. I am a guy who happens to have felt some things and gotten in a band that put those things to music and a few people thought it spoke to them. That’s a miracle to me that I remember everyday.
I’m going to go away from the press and interviews now until we finish writing our next record and find out what we will be in the next chapter of our artistic careers. I have nothing left to say until we find what that next chapter of our band is.
To our fans… please bear with us through this awkward period of finding our new legs. I’m being honest with you here because I am grateful for your loyalty to my band.
To the spiteful reviewers… just remember no one’s singing for you.
I’m asking openly and humbly that if anyone would like to come to a Gaslight Anthem show, please come because you want to see what we’re doing on that night. Don’t come to see Bruce, he won’t be there. Don’t come to hear a cover, it probably won’t happen. Don’t come to yell at me when I’m trying to share something with the audience to reach out to them about something I feel is moving me. For some reason I’m the one with microphone, which may be a mistake entirely. But if you want one and have something to say, please start a band, get in the van, sleep on floors, and work your butt off and maybe one day I’ll find your band and I’ll come see you play.
But I swear I will not yell at you or call out for you to play one of your influences songs… because I’ll be there to see you.
Now we’ve got some new ones to work on… so it begins. Feels good to be back in the saddle.
We’re not going to describe anything too much because we never really know until it’s done, so just know that we’re having a lot of fun trying our hands at some new songs. We have plenty of time to work before any studio time is booked, so it’s looking good!
Working on new songs for a new Gaslight Anthem album in 2014.
Tour’s been great, Brian’s very pleased he hasn’t has many photos of him taken. He’s busy in the back of the bus writing new songs, something about Bob Dylan and Led Zepplin and Neil Young in the same band. We don’t know what he’s on about. We’ll leave him be for now… We haven’t seen him in anything but sunglasses for the last three days. At least Ray Ban is very pleased.
More to come, this will updated WAY more frequently now that we’ve stolen it from Brian. Though he may arise from his tomb of 60’s and 70’s records and write something odd here. Right On.
We’re leaving today for Canada to begin our tour supporting Rise Against with Hot Water Music. I tell you what, if you told my eighteen year old self that one day I’d be on tour with Hot Water, well, let’s just say you couldn’t contain me. This is awesome… and I’ve got a deep fondness for Rise’s Tim, he’s a great guy and a wonderful thinker. I learn a lot from my discussions with that guy.
So we’re gonna be writing songs on this tour, gearing up for whatever comes next. If you don’t use it you loose it, I’ve heard. It’ll be good to get to play a lot of these new songs live for you in the US. Our sets are looking heavy on the new songs, but there’s some real old ones coming out too in order to balance it out. We hope you have fun. We’re sure gonna. Make sure you come out to the shows on time. Don’t miss a single beat, or you’ll hear about it from your friends how you missed out.
Thanks to everybody in advance fro hanging out with us, and thanks to the RISE fellas for having us out again.
Don’t believe the hype.
It’s been a few… sorry about that. We’ve been very busy lately. We are nearing the end of our European Festival Run and we’ve got Reading left and then home for a minute. Then we begin with Rise Against in the States and Canada, then Europe Headline, then some East Coast Headline Dates, then a few radio shows and then home to hibernate for the winter…
The record has been doing awesome and that’s a great feeling to have everyone come out and tell us how much they love it, so thanks to everybody we’ve met in the last few weeks!
I’m trying to think of all the stuff that’s happened in the last few weeks, but it happens so fast it’s hard to process exactly what is happening… I do know that I got to play at the Stone Pony with The Wallflowers, which was a dream come true! Hometown and one of my favorite bands…amazing! Jack Irons plays drums for them now so it was even like I got to play in one fifth of Pearl Jam at the same time… which Jaded Punk Hulk knows all about that! The Wallflowers new record “Glad All Over” is coming out pretty soon too,
it’s awesome, check it out.
We did Lollapalooza and I got to grab one of the very first ‘64 American Vintage series Teles thats about to be released by them! It’s amazing! Check one of those out for sure!
Now just trying to get some rest on a day off before Reading… Let’s see what happens…
Welcome to the tour!!!!!
Thank you to everyone who bought their tickets in advance, we’ve officially SOLD OUT the whole tour!
So thank you all so much from all of us!
Remember we will be planning on playing more shows all over the world throughout this year and into next so if you didn’t get tickets don’t worry, we’ll be doing bigger venues and hitting way more places. We just wanted to trim it back and remind ourselves what it’s like to play in a smaller place and have a blast!
Don’t believe the hype. Don’t believe what you read.
Outlive them all, keep walking and enjoy the scenery.
Play for the lovers…
Hey thanks to Jazzy Jazz from Mercury we just got an HD Flip Cam for tour!!!!
So now, we’re finally gonna be able to post up video of what we’re doing, things we wanna talk about and maybe some rehearsals and just to have some memories of all the great places we get to go to! Now you are gonna be able to come along for the ride! I for one am very excited about this. It’s something we’ve looked forward to for a while! Super cool! We’ll start on the July tour beginning next week! Maybe you can watch me trying to learn German on Rosetta stone… I just started… Oh my.
Xoxo- Gossip Girl
I guess I’m gonna have to change this blog’s name to “Sticking Up For People.com”
***EDIT: To clarify ONE THING… Mars Church or whatever… I have no idea what this is. I’m writing this to address people I read attacking Dustin himself. I know nothing of this church, and so I can not defend them because I don’t know about them.***
So Mr. Dustin Kensrue feels led by The Lord to leave Thrice and play worship music.
Awesome. I love that he’s doing that.
I understand some Thrice fans might be bummed that they broke up, but bands do that from time to time and it happens. You have to keep in mind that it’s not your band. These people have lives that are more important than the thing they do that we love and admire. Real life happens to people in the spotlight.
The thing that drives me crazy is that all of the people who post ridiculousness about all these musicians and love to comment on everything but never actually go and do anything themselves. Most of you have never taken a stance in your life like some of these people do. (yea, Laura Jane comes to mind…I dare you to come forward like that.) You all just sit there and post on the internet uneducated quips about how Dustin’s a Christian so that somehow = racist, sexist, homophobe? (I wonder what Teppei thinks of Dustin’s obligatory Christian racism being he’s Japanese and all?) The guy wants to praise his Lord, whatever… how does that affect you? Even Fat Mike agrees with “Happy Guy” check that out. And how did Christians become racist, sexist, homophobes? What’s a Christian to you? FOX News anchors? Awesome. Well thought out, those people are class acts. Ask my wife all about sexism (def: discrimination or devaluation based on a person’s sex) and how our household is run… I tell you what, this Christian’s house is a woman’s world! And homophobia (def: a person who fears or hates homosexuals)? Great. Why don’t you ask anyone who’s gay who knows Dustin about how poorly he’s treated them? I bet you don’t get the response you were looking for. Do you even know what these words mean before you go tossing them around people’s necks?
Bono, which whatever you think about him, once said something really great… “Don’t judge a band by it’s audience.” Take that a step further and you go into humanity, don’t judge a group of people by one small percentage. Are all Muslums terrorists because a few insane people used the religion for their twisted ideas? No. Were all German people Nazis? Absolutely not. It’s a dangerous game you’re playing by being the very thing you speak out against. Bob Dylan has a great quote I’d love to have posted above the White House’s doors… he said…
"In a soldier’s stance I aimed my hand at the Mongrel dogs who teach.
Fearing not that I’d become my enemy in the instant that I preach.”
Think about it for one second. I’m all about people posting their thoughts on forums and expressing themselves freely. But it’s just silly now, and I truly believe it’s dangerous.
If we, as open-minded music fans become closed off to anything outside our realm of thought, then who will be left to be open? Where will we be free to express ourselves?
I don’t think we all have to agree… how many bands love Fugazi yet sell t shirts? I do.
But we do have to have open discussions. We do have to be able to express our thoughts
and not fear chastisement from our peers. We should be educating each other, and helping each other not throwing around unwarranted insults and slander. Leave that
to the politicians.
I can’t spell, I can’t form a proper sentence, and punctuation is a lost cause on me, but
I love you guys and girls, and guys who used to be girls and girls who used to be dinosaurs, and every other one of you. And I love that Dustin sings about Jesus. And if God bought him a house, good for him. Long live Frank Turner.
So with this record I’ve been working on being more consistent. You see, before, I’d just say things, whenever the mood struck me day to day because I figured no one really pays attention to my babble. So one day I’d feel one thing, and the next something different… I’m a weirdo, and a little bit of a hippy.
Anyhow, now that I realize people are actually listening to what I say, I figure I’d better get consistent. …and quick… so I said there’d be a fan club, and THERE IS!!!!
The 45RPM Club! You can find it on our new site… www.thegaslightanthem.com
So here’s some things I wanted to point out about it…
1. First, I’m a member of the 10 Club from Pearl Jam (obviously) and there were some big kinks there when they first started it, but I’ve found that now it works pretty well as far as tickets and merch, so we’re gonna use a similar model (the same) so that it works out how I have found my experience with PJ has worked, which is great.
2. The Forum, this is an Official Gaslight Forum, but it’s not the only one… we also have a Fan Run forum called Dimestore Saints (http://thegaslightanthem.bigforumpro.com/)
and you can choose whatever you want to use. The Dimestore Forum is great and I back it
so that’s gonna stay for fans by fans. I guess we’ll try to do some different stuff on our forums, like official bootlegs and things like that. But as with the 10 Club, all the things take time, so it won’t all be ready to go at once. But we will try to have special things at our Official Forum from time to time, but for consistent and up to the minute stuff, Dimestore Saints is a great place to check out and hang with some really nice people.
That’s pretty much all I can think of that I wanted to address right now, I’m sure more will come soon.
Enjoy and thanks for joining!