Get on board with The Gaslight Anthem 

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Wondering what New Jersey’s Springsteen-schooled garage-punk combo The Gaslight Anthem are up to?

They’ve been busy on a couple of fronts.

First, to follow their recent “American Slang” masterpiece, they’re hard at work on a new album to be released in early 2012. And they’ve left their old indie imprint SideOneDummy and signed to Mercury Records stateside, Vertigo in the U.K.

“It’s a long road for us,” frontman Brian Fallon says. “We’ve always had a goal in mind and we’ve always tried to take things one step at a time. We wanted to move to each step as we felt we were ready as a band. Regardless of what people told us we were ready for, we waited until we felt it in our hearts. Now we feel it’s time for the next step, we look forward to the future.”

With his pal Ian Perkins as the Appalachian-Gothic duo The Horrible Crowes, Fallon has also just issued a great new album called “Elsie” on SideOneDummy, his last hurrah for the label. And it’s more than enough heartfelt songwriting to keep Gaslight fans busy while they await their new fourth record.

If you haven’t heard this truly great band yet, do yourself a favor and pick up “Slang,” its predecessor “The ’59 Sound” or — for a more stripped-down representation of Fallon’s exponentially growing talents — “Elsie.”

Get on board now at and before they start selling out stadiums next year.

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