The Gaslight Anthem showed up at the old site of CBGB on Thursday night to share their new album Get Hurt, playing many of its songs live for the first time.
Loved by classic rockers and punks alike, Gaslight is a band that pays tribute to the gods of rock and roll. It was appropriate they got to take the CBGB stage, even if it was in 2014, when the rock-inspired menswear boutique John Varavtos calls 315 Bowery home.
With the store’s inventory cleared out to make way for a stage, bar, and space for the guest list invitees to mingle, a fedora-d Brian Fallon and company battled many of the usual annoyances of insider-heavy “secret shows.” The tightly packed crowd of guest-listers and lucky RSVPers were roughly divided into two factions -- those who crowded the stage to experience music and those who socialized in the back half over free drinks. Ironically, the configuration of the old CBGB space -- a long, narrow room -- isn’t very sound or sight-friendly to live music, especially for those not up front.
But Gaslight Anthem’s job is to rock, and rock they did. Playing as a quintet, the Jersey-bred band played 10 of the 11 tracks off Get Hurt, which arrives Aug. 12 via Island. Predictably, responses were strong for focal songs like "Rollin' and Tumblin’” and the melancholy yet anthemic title track, both of which have been out long enough for the masses to get familiar with.
Gaslight is a band that attracts the super fans, and especially up front, devotees were ready and waiting for songs they couldn't have known for more than a couple days. And when they busted out six-year old favorites “Great Expectations” and “The ’59 Sound” -- along with a version of “House of the Rising Sun” -- anyone with an appreciation for the band or simply the surrounding Varvatos rock memorabilia knew what to do.
With respects paid to the rock gods, Gaslight can set their sights on rolling out Get Hurt with a headlining tour, which will carry them through North America and Europe through late November. The trek begins Sept. 10 and features Against Me! and Jimmy Eat World in support on select North American dates.
Here’s the set list from the show: