The Gaslight Anthem broke up on March 30, 2013, after a UK gig at Troxy, in London. “No one knows this story. We were stuck. I had nothing left to say. We were like, ‘Why are we doing this?’ We almost shut it down,” says frontman Brian Fallon. They didn’t actually break up. No one said the words out loud, but it was discussed tangentially. There was no irate screaming match, no beer cans thrown at the wall, no tossed microphones or storming off stages. Just a civil discourse to possibly end it.
[…] “It wasn’t like this thing was years in the making and we were struggling … As soon as this reared its head, we dealt with it,” he says. “It’s totally better to burn out than to fade away. And I would rather cut its throat right then and there and watch it die. I’d rather everyone go, ‘What happened to that band?’ than watch us become old men and hated by everyone. Because I love the band and what we’ve done.”
[…] Fallon suggested they use the solo songs he’d been working on for the next Gaslight album. The decision was unanimous. The Gaslight Anthem would continue. “I started to compile a list of guys that stepped away from their bands. Ryan Adams is one. Whiskeytown was a good band, but they didn’t write no Heartbreaker. There were a lot of fights there. I don’t know if he could have done his best work with Whiskeytown, but I know that I can do what I need to do with these guys.”"
I don’t want to be Springsteen. That was for The ‘59 Sound and that was all. People latched onto it. I’ll be damned if I’m going to get somewhere on someone else’s coattails. No way. I’m a songwriter. That’s what I do. [x]
Just wrote my Christmas list, Brian Fallon is right up there at the top
In my head, I am already gone, side roads boarded up, decisions decided on. But in my nights there are restless hours, when three am comes down and nothing else comes up. And the only thing we know is it’s getting dark and we’d better go, and the only thing we see are the despairs of the day.
I would like to remind everyone that these exist
and I met you between the wax and the needle in the words of my favorite song.