By Eric R. Danton
January 28, 2014
Like many bands, theGaslight Anthem often ends up with more songs than they need for the album they’re working on at the time. Speakeasy today premieres one of them,“She Loves You,” from“The B-Sides,” a forthcoming collection of odds and ends the anthemic New Jersey rockers recorded between 2008-11.
“She Loves You” opens the 11-track compilation, which includes acoustic versions of several of the band’s songs, a live performance and a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice.” Written during sessions for the band’s 2010 release “American Slang,” “She Loves You” is a gutbucket of a tune that anchors frontman Brian Fallon’s searing vocals with ringing guitar and a spare, measured rhythm.
“It was probably one of the last songs written for the record,” Fallon told Speakeasy. “I’m not sure why we didn’t include it, but we have a habit of doing that. Some songs just don’t fit on the record, so you keep them as b-sides.”
He added, “Sometimes they’re the ones that connect the most.”
Fallon hadn’t listened much to the band’s extra material before he began sifting through nearly 30 songs up for consideration for “The B-Sides”
“It was like memory lane,” he said. “I couldn’t believe some of the things that we had done. I couldn’t believe we had recorded some of these songs. It was the first time I really had any distance.”
It may be a while before he had any more distance: the band is rehearsing now to begin recording its next studio album in March, Fallon said.
“We’re going to take two months and maybe tune up the sound a little and maybe try something we haven’t done before,” he said.
“The B-Sides” is out today on Side One Dummy Records. What do you think of “She Loves You?” Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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