Brian Fallon Speaks in Anthems
How a tattooed Christian from New Jersey took the world by storm.
BY: Stephen Russ
For you, what are the biggest musical differences between it and The Gaslight Anthem?
With The Horrible Crowes record, that started basically from the drums up. That was a big difference between Gaslight where it’s usually an acoustic guitar structuring out the song. With The Horrible Crowes guitars almost didn’t have anything to do with the writing. We would just start with these drum loops, and then we would start working on pianos and organs, then sometimes hand claps and whatever inspired us to make something. We would build the songs up like that from the ground up. It was in reverse.
Why did you decide to do it differently?
Just for an experiment. The routine was kind of becoming “make a record go on tour make a record go on tour” and it was just kind of like, “alright, what else is out there?” I have this desire to be creative still, even though Gaslight had just written a record, and I didn’t know where to place that energy. You know, it’s like an itch that you can’t scratch. If you want to write then you have to. I was just trying to think what would be good, and then Ian and I were talking about all of this completely different music and we said hey let’s try and wrote some songs. Even if it never comes out let’s see what happens.
I loved your vocal delivery throughout the album, did you feel less inhibited on this record than on previous records?
Yeah definitely, but that kind of came from the tour for Gaslight Anthem’sAmerican Slang
. I started to try and learn new things with my voice and it really started to go well. I think that with the Horrible Crowes it was just the first record that I got to experiment with my voice and seeing exactly what it’s capable of and now I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen on the next Gaslight record.
How do you think that doing this record will influence that next Gaslight album?
Well, I definitely know how to write songs from a completely different standpoint, I feel like I have more tools in the toolbox.
What’s the plan for you guys?
Actually we are going to start practicing next week, we’ve got some songs and we’re planning on recording around January, sometime during the winter, and maybe the record will come out in the early summer. We’re like “just keep moving, just get it while the faucets running.” ‘Cause I don’t know when it’s going to turn off (laughs). I don’t know when I’m going to wake up and say “Oh well I can’t write any songs, that’s it, band’s over! See you later, I’m going to be a preacher, bye!” (laughs)
Do you really think that that’s what would happen?
Ah, I have no idea that’s just always the joke around the band, me and the drummer constantly joke about that, that if I wasn’t a musician I would be a preacher. But I’d be like one of those guys who carried a wagon around in the Midwest with like, a black suit, and my wife and kids with dust everywhere (laughs) and I’d be yelling about the end of the world or something. I don’t know why I’m fascinated by that stuff but I am!
I think you should come out on stage like that for the next tour!
Maybe I might, you never know what’s going to happen.