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Gaslight Anthem Head to Nashville for ‘Completely Different’ LP

Exclusive photos of the New Jersey rockers at work on an album inspired by Bob Dylan, the Clash

The Gaslight Anthem, In Studio

Joey Maloney

Jack White, the Black Keys and Neil Young all recorded their new albums in Nashville, and Tennessee also lured New Jersey-bred rockers the Gaslight Anthem south this past spring. The band spent six and a half weeks recording their fifth studio album (due in the late summer) at Blackbird Studio in a string of the sessions frontman Brian Fallon describes as "completely different than anything we had ever done before."

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"Instead of going that extra step of just adding some organ or some background vocals, this time we actually really changed up a lot of the sounds," he explains (the band gave RS an exclusive look behind the recording process). "There are certain new songs where you might say, 'Oh, that could have been on Handwritten,' or 'That could have been on 59 Sound,' but there are some songs where you're going to be like, 'This has never been touched by this band before.'"

The group sought inspiration in everything from Bon Iver and the National to Calvin Harris, at one point trying to recreate the string sounds from the DJ's Florence Welch collaboration "Sweet Nothing."

"The whole record was like, 'What can we create as a band using anything at our disposal, as long as we do it organically, without computers or samples?'" Fallon says. "If we wanted to try a synth, we'd try a synth. If we wanted to try a drum loop, we would do that." By Jonathan Bernstein

The Gaslight Anthem, In Studio

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"When we started, we didn't know what we were going to come up with, so everyone went back to their instruments and rehearsed a lot and tried to be open to things they weren't that familiar or comfortable with. Now we have some of the heaviest, most aggressive music we've ever recorded, stuff that might remind people of our first album, Sink or Swim. But it also has some of the prettiest, most beautiful, moving music we've ever done."

The Gaslight Anthem, In Studio

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"I can't really see myself writing about politics because I'm not really into it, and one of the worst things you can do is write about things you're not into," Fallon tells us. "But sometimes I listen to other songwriters like Conor Oberst and I wish I could write about some of the things he writes about, he makes all these different topics so relatable, and he sounds so educated. But I'm not Conor Oberst. I can only do what I know and make it as real as possible."

The Gaslight Anthem, In Studio

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"In the past, I would strum the chords and Alex Rosamilia would play leads over the chords. This time, I was playing riffs, and since you can’t have two people soloing over each other, Alex was using organs and guitars and all these different instruments to fill in these sounds," Fallon says.

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