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LIVE! – The Gaslight Anthem

June 28, 2010 by  

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LIVE! – The Gaslight Anthem

ARTIST: The Gaslight Anthem
SUPPORT: Twin Atlantic, Sharks
VENUE, TOWN: Manchester Academy, Manchester
DATE: 24th June 2010
RATING: 5/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Life-affirming tales of downtrodden Americana.

MAIN REVIEW: `Sharks’ open tonight’s proceedings with a set filled with catchy, yet derivative punk rock. Many people have accused tonight’s headliners, The Gaslight Anthem, of plagiarising the iconic Bruce Springsteen but Sharks go one further in their pursuit of emulating British punk legends, The Clash. Whilst the group perform with admirable expertise, their unimaginative tributes to Joe Strummer and co soon lull the capacity crowd into a state of monotony.

Secondly, Scottish rockers `Twin Atlantic’ grace Manchester Academy’s seasoned stage. These four Glaswegians have solidified a strong reputation in music circles, and tonight’s set only reaffirms this. Vocalist, Sam Mctrusty’s accent shines through in all their tracks, which only invites the inevitable Biffy Clyro comparisons and although there is some validity to that claim, Twin Atlantic offer more diversity than tonight’s openers. ` Lightspeed’ features a chorus that belongs in arenas, while the band’s cello player implements a truly unique component that compliments their breed of infectious rock music. Finally, the outfit humbly leave the stage to a rousing reception from the Manchester crowd. Mission accomplished.

The Gaslight Anthem need no introduction to tonight’s sold-out venue. Their second album, `The ’59 Sound’, caught the attention of the British public back in 2008 and thanks to new record, `American Slang, the New Jersey quartet have reached an extraordinary level of popularity;2300 is the capacity of tonight’s venue, which sold out in little over a week. Understandably, there’s an echo of expectancy in the air but the flawless performance of set opener `American Slang’ would placate even the most stringent of cynics.

Furthermore, `Old White Lincoln’ unequivocally brings the venue to life, as men and women of all ages reciprocate the impassioned lyrics of vocalist, Brian Fallon. In addition, the group seem genuinely touched by their reception and Fallon delivers every vocal perfectly, with a radiant smile that can only be matched by that of those in attendance. Refreshingly, The Gaslight Anthem don’t express any arrogance in their performance. In fact, Fallon borders tears during their live rendition of `Blue Jeans And White T-Shirts’. This band have worked laboriously to gain worldwide recognition and their affection for their fan base is clearly evident.

`The Backseat’ brings the gig to a sentimental and apt climax; “If you never let me go, well I will never let you down” is reverberated throughout the building. Suffice to say, these fans won’t be letting go of The Gaslight Anthem anytime soon.

-Adam Smith

LINK: http://www.myspace.com/thegaslightanthem




 

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