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Tune of the Week – “The ’59 Sound”

Here’s one for the Springsteen and Replacement fans in the audience. For the last few weeks, I’ve been doing The Producers show on Phantom FM. It’s the station’s new interational music show, first plays galore for everything under the indie …

Thu, Oct 30, 2008, 10:18

   

Here’s one for the Springsteen and Replacement fans in the audience.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been doing The Producers show on Phantom FM. It’s the station’s new interational music show, first plays galore for everything under the indie sun. Tonight is the last run-out for the show as a night-time schedule switcheroo kicks into effect next week. The show has been great fun because I’ve had a chance to play some great new acts like Passion Pit and new music from the likes of Deerhunter.

But one of the real finds for me during my tenure of the show has been The Gaslight Anthem. It was Phantom’s John Caddell who tipped me off about them in the first place, guessing I’d be a sucker for what the New Jersey band sounded like.

And he was bang on the money. This is the title track from their second album and it’s a damn fine taster for the whole shebang. It’s greasy, gritty, anthemic blue-collar punk rock with sharply observed lyrics, a whole bunch of great sounding guitars, last-gang-in-town harmonies and a lot of soul. Like the rest of the album, it also has the kind of spirit you’d imagine a young E Street Band rocking if they were heading down the Jersey shore for the very first time all over again. Check them out pronto.

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