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Single Review: Brian Fallon – A Wonderful Life

By on Monday, 21st December 2015 at 12:00 pm

American rock band the Gaslight Anthem have been on “indefinite hiatus” since the end of their European tour in August, but frontman Brian Fallon has wasted no time getting started on his new project, a solo album titled ‘Painkillers’. Produced by industry veteran Butch Walker, who has also recently worked with Frank Turner and Ryan Adams, ‘Painkillers’ is due out next spring, just ahead of Fallon’s scheduled appearance at SXSW 2016. Fallon has recently unveiled the album’s first single ‘A Wonderful Life’, along with a list of live dates in support of the album, including a run of UK shows next April. (You can view all the dates here.)

‘A Wonderful Life’ is precisely the Springsteen-type rock anthem you might expect from Jersey boy Fallon (and coincidentally timed near the Boss’ new box set release), with heavy drums and a jangling piano underneath the guitars and the gritty vocal delivery. It’s undeniably catchy, and Brian Fallon’s lyrics are almost universally evocative, like the line “most of my sins were born in a kiss on a night like this”.

The warm tone of the acoustic guitar behind the verses gives the song a slightly more intimate folk rock feeling than much of the Gaslight Anthem’s output, while the backing vocals lend a hint of gospel. The song might not be earth-shattering in terms of stylistic originality, but if you’re looking for something uplifting to pull you out of a rut, ‘A Wonderful Life’ isn’t a bad place to start. Have a listen for yourself just below.



Brian Fallon’s solo album ‘Painkillers’ is due for release on the 11th of March 2016 via Virgin EMI in the UK and Island Records in North America. You can find a complete listing of his upcoming live shows on his official Facebook page. Our previous coverage of Fallon’s band the Gaslight Anthem is right back here.


Brian Fallon / April 2016 UK Tour

By on Monday, 21st December 2015 at 8:00 am

Not one to rest on his laurels during the Gaslight Anthem‘s current hiatus, frontman Brian Fallon has recently announced a solo album called ‘Painkillers’ and an accompanying list of live shows in support of the new record. A review of the first single from ‘Painkillers’, titled ‘A Wonderful Life’, will follow in the noon hour. In the meantime, you can read back through our archived coverage of the Gaslight Anthem by clicking here.

Fallon will tour ‘Painkillers’ in America in February and March, including a scheduled appearance at SXSW 2016, ahead of the following UK dates in April. Tickets are on sale now.

Tuesday 5th April 2016 – Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 6th April 2016 – Glasgow ABC
Thursday 7th April 2016 – Birmingham Institute
Friday 8th April 2016 – London Koko
Saturday 9th April 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Sunday 10th April 2016 – Bristol Academy


WIN / Tickets to see Saint Saviour and Bill Ryder-Jones in Manchester -OR- London

By on Friday, 28th November 2014 at 11:00 am

Saint Saviour and Bill Ryder-Jones, her collaborator and producer of her third album ‘In the Seams’ out this month, will be coheadlining a UK tour in December. The series of dates kicks off next Tuesday, the 2nd of December, at Cambridge Portland Arms. Our friends at Gigs and Tours have given us a pair each to this tour’s Manchester (the 6th of December at Deaf Institute) and London (the 12th of December at the Tabernacle) shows, and we’re wanting to give them away to lucky TGTF readers. Think of it as an early Christmas present from us! To be in the running for the tickets, follow the directions below to fill out the contest form.

First, give your full name and your email address so we can contact you if you win. Second, tell us which show you want to win tickets for (Manchester or London). Then, to make sure you’re not a robot (who can tell these days?), tell us where Saint Saviour is from. We will then choose a winner for each show all the correct entries received.

Get your entries in by noon British time Tuesday, the 2nd of December. We’ll contact the winners by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get him/herself to the city of the show. All duplicate entries will be discarded.

If you’d rather buy tickets to the tour instead, Becky Jones and Ryder-Jones will be calling at:

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 4th December 2014 – Stockton-on-Tees Georgian Theatre
Friday 5th December 2014 – Glasgow Nice and Sleazy’s
Saturday 6th December 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 8th December 2014 – Birmingham Horse and Hounds
Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Bristol Lantern
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – Brighton Studio Bar
Friday 12th December 2014 – London Tabernacle
Saturday 13th December 2014 – Liverpool Kazimier

This contest is now closed. The winners will be contacted by email.


WIN / Tickets to see the Gaslight Anthem at Manchester Apollo, 18th November 2014

By on Thursday, 30th October 2014 at 1:00 pm

Our friends at Gigs and Tours have given us something – well, 3 pairs of somethings – that are pretty cool and naturally, we’re eager to share the wealth with you, our faithful readers.

American band The Gaslight Anthem are playing two shows at the famed Manchester Apollo in November, and we’ve got 3 pairs of tickets for the show on the 18th of November to give away to 3 lucky TGTF readers. Fancy your chances? Then fill out the form in its entirety below.

First fill in your full name and your email address so we can contact you if you win. Then to make sure you really want to see the Gaslight Anthem and to test just how massive a fan of theirs you really are, tell us what the name of the band’s latest album is, released in August of this year. We will then choose three winners of all the correct entries received.

Get your entries in by noon British time Monday, the 3rd of November. We’ll contact the winners by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get him/herself to Manchester for the show, and under 14s must be accompanied by an adult (this gig’s policy, and TGTF won’t be held responsible if you’re turned away at the door for being underage and not meeting this requirement). All duplicate entries will be discarded.

To read all past content on the New Jersey band on TGTF, head this way.

The contest is now closed. Winners will be contacted by email.


Video of the Moment #1585: The Gaslight Anthem

By on Monday, 28th July 2014 at 6:00 pm

Seeing that their fans are surely chomping at the bit in anticipation of their album ‘Get Hurt’ to be released next month, New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem have now revealed the promo video for the title track. Stereogum make a good point that this song sounds “Killers-eque” and I would agree: Brian Fallon is sounding more Brandon Flowers than ever. Is this a newer, less brash version of the Gaslight Anthem we’re about to hear from? Have a watch of the video below.

The Gaslight Anthem tour the UK in November; all the details are here.



The Gaslight Anthem / November 2014 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 17th June 2014 at 8:30 am

American anthem rock band The Gaslight Anthem have announced the August release of new LP ‘Get Hurt’, which they have said will be more stripped back than their previous work. Along with the album announcement, the band has also listed a set of UK tour dates for November. Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday the 18th of June, at 9 AM.

All previous coverage of the New Jersey rockers is this way.

Monday 17th November 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 19th November 2014 – London Alexandra Palace
Friday 21st November 2014 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Birmingham Academy


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