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June 6, 2012 / jhsaeger

Gaslight Anthem Release New Single “45,” Cover Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky”

   Whether it has been through their powerful songwriting or their classic jams with Bruce Springsteen, New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem have always managed to prominently define their rock ‘n roll roots as well as any growing band. To complement their newest single, Gaslight Anthem covered a band they had referenced four years ago in the song, “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.”
   The A-side, “45,” is the first single from their impending fourth album, Handwritten. “45” is another strong piece of songwriting from the band, who mix in driving guitars and a persistent drumbeat with lyrics that reflect their Bruce roots, “Have you seen my heart, have you seen how it bleeds? And the nights are so long baby, out here in the deep. The tick, ticking of our lonely. I hear the alarm I used to hear when she would sleep in my arms.”
   “45” is vintage Gaslight Anthem and Brian Fallon, who seems to be continuing his run as one of the great young songwriters of contemporary rock.
  For the B-side of “45,” the band covered Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s “You Got Lucky.” Originally released in 1982 off of Petty’s Long After Dark album, “You Got Lucky” is famous for mostly two reasons: Petty’s rare venture into synth and an iconic music video that lit up early MTV.
   With the arrangements of the track being relatively faithful to the original, Brian Fallon’s voice is one of two notable differences in the track. Fallon’s delivery shows a sense of vulnerability, whereas Petty seemingly has no one shame in scolding a companion. Gaslight Anthem also turned down the synth in favor of a more guitar-oriented approached. Not to be left out, the band also delivered a great cover of Petty’s 1979 hit “Refugee” as a part of an itunes Session last October.
    Handwritten is set to be released on July 24th.
Streams of both “45” and “You Got Lucky:”

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