Interview: Alex Rosamilia of the Gaslight Anthem at Reading 2012

By on Thursday, 6th September 2012 at 11:00 am

Say what you want about this band playing with the Boss and everything, but without a doubt the Gaslight Anthem have earned their place on the Reading Main Stage. Their set earlier in the day was a triumph of their own fist-pumping brand of garage rock, which saw soaring singalongs and a raucous reception from the Reading Festival crowd.

After such a high octane, energy filled set TGTF was lucky enough to catch up with co-founder and lead guitarist of the Gaslight Anthem Alex Rosamilia, to ask him how it felt to be back at Reading.

“The set today went really good I think, I’d say it went really well. Yeah, of course it was special playing at Reading and I thought it went really well up there on the big Main Stage.

“It’s special also because Reading was our first-ever festival as a band, we were playing the Lock-Up Stage on the Friday. We were just surprised how many people turned out for it.”

Little did they know that playing to huge crowds was going to become a thing of routine, as the rose through the ranks.

Success in the UK kind of kicked off though when the band played their now-infamous set with Bruce Springsteen. My question then was, what was it like playing with the Boss.

“It was alright.”

Oh, okay. Do you hang out with him a lot?


RIGHT! Was it just that set?

“Yup, pretty much.”

So with that over with, we get down to why on their own merit they really have taken off in the UK. One factor has to be the huge success of single ‘45’, which came out earlier this year and has been a regular on Radio 1 playlists.

“I think it’s done really well so far, it’s awesome that it is a big radio hit now; I mean Ian’s mom called him up one day at like 1 in the afternoon when she was listening to the radio to say she’d heard him!

‘It’s really cool, to be able to show the parents. SEE, I HAVEN’T BEEN WASTING MY LIFE! My Mom is proud now that’s for sure!”

Acceptance from your parents, that’s what we all strive for isn’t it?

So The good ship Gaslight seems like it is well on the right course at the moment and with the backing of the British public shored up they’re off to America to play some hometown(ish) shows.

“Touring America, no there isn’t really anywhere special, America is America really! Nothing much else to say! I mean there are cities I like but, I wouldn’t say there is like one spot which is really special to me.’

‘The plans are pretty much touring, we’ll be playing with Rise Against and Hot Water Music at the end of this year which will be cool. Then we come back over here with Blood Red Shoes, I like those guys a lot, so that will be a lot of fun.”

Many thanks to Alex for the interview and Kat for sorting this out for us.

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