A couple of years ago, the Gaslight Anthem rose to prominence in circles where straight-ahead, hearty young punk bands barely ever find ways to matter. In modern-rock radio and in cool-kid publications, the aesthetic descendents of the Bouncing Souls might as well not exist, at least when they’re not making dizzily plotted-out concept albums or whatever. And yet there they were, getting huge just by virtue of being great. The Gaslight Anthem’s new album Handwritten is out this summer, and the early track “45″ made its way to the internet today. It’s a huge, surging belter, and it’s enough to convince me that they’re still great. Listen to it below.
Handwritten is out 7/24. Thanks to Michael_ for the tip.