Watch: The Gaslight Anthem's career highlights

The Gaslight Anthem are going on hiatus.

Earlier this week, New Jersey rock champions The Gaslight Anthem confirmed that they’re set to “recharge and take a step back” after their upcoming European tour (including that date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire with Against Me!).

With that in mind, we here at LN HQ have been spinning our Gassy faves all morning, and figured it’s about time we run through their finest work.

THE TRACK: ‘The ’59 Sound’
FIND IT: ‘The ’59 Sound’ (released: SideOneDummy, ’08)
WHY WE LOVE IT: ‘The ’59 Sound’ was the track that launched Brian Fallon and friends into the mainstream consciousness all that time ago. And, nearly eight years later, it stands up as one of the finest slices of Americana to be released this millennium. It’s the essential Gaslight track.

THE TRACK: ‘Rollin’ And Tumblin’’
FIND IT: ‘Get Hurt’ (released: Virgin EMI, 2014)
WHY WE LOVE IT: As one of the most rocking cuts of their latest full-length, ‘Rollin’ And Tumblin’’ is a thumping, ode to one of Fallon’s ex-loves. He flits between soaring highs of self confidence and depressive, crushing lows of loneliness (see the line: “All of my friends wanna get into heaven, and all I keep thinking is I wish you were here”) and it’s all just tied up in a frustratingly catchy package. It’s classic Gassy, this one.

THE TRACK: ‘Here Comes My Man’
FIND IT: ‘Handwritten’ (released: Mercury, 2012)
WHY WE LOVE IT: As a typically upbeat cut from their most commercially successful effort, ‘Here Comes My Man’ thumps along with a pounding drum beat and a chorus that shows Fallon at his basic best. Altogether now: “Singing oh sha-la-la, Oh sha-la-la, listen honey here comes my man.”

FIND IT: ‘Handwritten’ (released: Mercury, 2012)
WHY WE LOVE IT: As an ode to Brian Fallon’s one true love – the ’45 single – it’s peppered with references to that joy of listening to a song as it was intended to be heard, through the crackle and pop of vinyl. Of course, it has a darker undertone, as Fallon cries to one day “see you on the flipside”…

THE TRACK: ‘American Slang’
FIND IT: ‘American Slang’ (released: SideOnDummy, 2010)
WHY WE LOVE IT: With a darker-than-darker chorus that tells the story of a dream Brian Fallon once had, it was the track that really defined the sound of the band’s third album. A little poppier than the ‘The ’59 Sound’ but not full of the optimism of ‘Handwritten’, it’s the perfect stop-gap between the Gassy of old and new.

THE TRACK: ‘Handwritten’
FIND IT: ‘Handwritten’ (released: Mercury, 2012)
WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s just one of those songs that makes your heart hurt, in the best kind of ways. Here, Fallon tells the story of finding an equally troubled soul and bonding with them through their mutual favourite song (“What’s your favourite song? That’s mine, I’ve been crying to it since I was young”). Powerful stuff.

THE TRACK: ‘National Anthem’
FIND IT: ‘Handwritten’ (released: Mercury, 2012)
WHY WE LOVE IT: Tacked onto the end of what is arguably The Gaslight Anthem’s essential release, it’s a stripped-back, acoustic affair that shows a completely different side to them to almost anything else they’ve ever done. If you’ve ever fallen in love (and subsequently fallen out of it again), ‘National Anthem’ will take you right back to that time and place.

If you want to see The Gaslight Anthem play these songs for what could be the last time in a very long time, you can catch their last UK headline show this summer at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on August 29th. Against Me! are set to support, and you can grab the last few tickets from this link.

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