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The Gaslight Anthem

January 23, 2008
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So I’m a bit late with these guys. I was hearing a lot about them being the ‘it’ punk band of 2007 but I ignored the hype, I think I was turned off by the ‘orgcore’ label they had been given (think The Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music, Against Me!), even though I normally like that stuff it was burning me out. It wasn’t until I saw that their album, Sink or Swim had made its way into many many best of 07 lists that I finally gave them a chance. Lucky me.

They certainly live up to their ‘orgcore’ tag but in a good way. They put enough spin on their music and influences to make sure it’s not derivative. The energy that they have captured on the record is incredible and the song writing really holds up even on the slower numbers where punks would normally fuck it right up. I’m really glad I checked these dudes out and when they (hopefully) eventually tour they are gonna tear shit up.

Check out some tracks on their myspace here.

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