New Jersey's The Gaslight Anthem will return to the forefront of rock n' roll's collective consciousness this summer with a new album titled Get Hurt, out August 19. The record is the group's fifth studio full-length and you can now stream the first single, "Rollin' and Tumblin'," below.
The track takes on a more aggressive tone than much of the material on Gaslight's last few albums, but hearing a high-energy cut as the first single shouldn't be a surprising development for fans, as 2012's enduring Handwritten was led off by the romping "45."
Frontman Brian Fallon, who spent much time on Handwritten crooning us into oblivion, takes a grittier approach on this song, snarling lines like, "You say I'm hopelessly devoted to misery / Well I don't wanna be so devoted no more."
Fallon finds his way into that zone of immediate nostalgia that his band occupies so well in the chorus, channeling shades of Pearl Jam in a smooth delivery about heartbreak—while referring to the song's protagonist as "the great depression," no less.
Considering Gaslight worked with a new producer this time around—they recorded with Mike Crossey, whose previous credits include Arctic Monkeys and Foals—it'll be interesting to hear whether the rest of Get Hurt lives up to the driving, intense nature of "Rollin' and Tumblin.'"
Upon completing the record, Fallon told Rolling Stone "there are some songs where you're going to be like, 'This has never been touched by this band before.'" So maybe we should expect to be surprised.