The Gaslight Anthem at the LC

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In a time when bands get shoved into super-specific subgenres like post-sludge doom and nintendocore, it's refreshing to find a group that can be simply and accurately classified as straight-up rock 'n' roll.

The Gaslight Anthem doesn't require some fancy-sounding category, and that's nice. Sure, you can say they have the "Jersey Shore sound." Or maybe there could be a new category called Boss rock.

It's obvious frontman Brian Fallon grew up idolizing Bruce Springsteen - he seems to mimic the Boss' quick vibrato, and both share a sense of nostalgia. But Fallon's voice is lighter, a little gruffer and frankly more pleasant to listen to.

The group's overall sound and tempo is "Born to Run"-esque, but there's fewer layers and no cheesy saxophone. And while many of drummer Benny Horowitz's beats could very well have been played by Max Weinberg, there's still a 21st-century pop-punk sensibility.

The Gaslight Anthem is a band that embraces the past, from their influences to their vintage pop culture song titles. The black-and-white music video for "American Slang," off the new album with the same name, shows the band walking around Manhattan, several of them looking like gel-slicked 1950s bad boys.

Tim Barry, Avail-singer-turned-folk-rocker, will open for Gaslight on Wednesday at LC Pavilion.

The Gaslight Anthem at LC Pavilion

8 p.m. Wednesday, July 28

405 Neil Ave., Arena District