It’s been a while since The Gaslight Anthem have played a show in London so it was no surprise to see Alexandra Palace packed to capacity on a chilly Wednesday evening. They draw a wide range of fans, of all different ages and backgrounds so when you see them play you understand why.
Coming onto the stage to moody lighting, the band launched into bonus track ‘Have Mercy’ from their latest album ‘Get Hurt’ which was released earlier this year.
The New Jersey rockers are completely at ease on the stage and quickly followed a mellow start with a fan favourite ‘The ’59 Sound’ which is from the album of the same name. It was that album that put them into more mainstream viewing after opening for Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park. Since then their following has grown.
The one thing that stands out for me is the energy the whole band have for playing music and performing, but lead singer Brian Fallon especially, throws everything he has into each song, drawing you in and making you feel the passion as much as he does. He reminds me very much of Butch Walker in that respect.
With 26 songs on the set list, they had a good mix of old songs and new and I was glad to hear some of my favourites. I think the loudness of the crowd singing back the lyrics even surprised the band at times.
With a good rapport with the audience, you can’t help but go along to a Gaslight show without leaving at the end of the night feeling uplifted.
You can see more of Helen’s photographs from the gig on her Facebook page. Check them out, they’re awesome!
Words and Photography by Helen Parish