I'll never forget seeing The Gaslight Anthem at The Mann Center's Skyline Stage in South Philly on a warm September 2014 night with my then-girlfriend Caroline. It was one of the first 10 dates of a 40-date jaunt across North America and Europe behind their latest album, Get Hurt, which little did we know, at the time, would be Gaslight Anthem's final run before their 2015 indefinite hiatus. I don't believe we caught Against Me! but we did catch Jimmy Eat World's phenomenal career-spanning set; to this day, I still recount how Gaslight's set was and still is one my favorite performances I've ever seen—I previously caught a portion of their set at Metallica's ill-fated 2012 Orion Music + More Festival—especially, since drummer Benny Horowitz had an unexpected "family emergency" and Against Me!'s Atom Willard learned the entire set in a matter of mere hours. It was a rather riveting, increasingly charismatic 20-song set from The Gaslight Anthem & Atom Willard, evenly split between electric and acoustic musical accompaniment. Now, it's nearly four years later and The Gaslight Anthem are still on their indefinite hiatus and it honestly, doesn't look like they'll be re-forming anytime soon, but you never know. Brian Fallon is currently gearing up to release his second album in so many years, SLEEPWALKERS to be released February 9th, 2018 on Island Records, while guitarist Alex Rosamilia is playing with his Metal band SERVITUDE and drummer Benny Horowitz recently formed WAX BOTTLES and quietly released a self-titled 6-song Bandcamp EP.
Rosamilia and touring guitarist Ian Perkins (The Horrible Crowes) as well as Catherine Popper (Molly & The Zombies) make up Fallon's backing band, recently dubbed The Howling Weather. "SLEEPWALKERS sees Brian Fallon once again, pushing timeless Rock "N" Roll into the modern era, recasting British Invasion Rock, first generation UK Punk, and American Pop and Soul into a near irresistible sound he's dubbed with a nod and a wink towards The Who as "Heavy R&B,'" reads Fallon's recent BIG HASSLE press release. SLEEPWALKERS was recorded earlier this year at New Orleans' Parlor Recording Studio with GRAMMY Award-winning producer and song-writer Ted Hutt, who previously helmed "the boards" on Gaslight Anthem's 2008 commercial breakthrough, The '59 Sound. "Forget Me Not" is the first single from Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather's SLEEPWALKERS and it wholeheartedly embodies Fallon's self-described "Heavy R&B"/Heartland Rock-evoking sound. "I was thinking how every song doesn't have to be so serious," Brian Fallon says; "it can just be fun. It can just be a song that I would want to play live. "Forget Me Not" came out in just a couple of minutes and actually, ended up being pretty serious—it seems, my subconscious had other plans." Physical copies of SLEEPWALKERS are now exclusively available for pre-order from Brian Fallon's Official Store, as well as tickets for Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather's 48-date, cross-continental North American/European 2018 tour.