When I reviewed The Gaslight Anthem’s 2007 album Sink Or Swim last year I enjoyed it but wasn’t blown away. Some time has passed and, for whatever reason, the four songs on the band’s latest EP Senor and the Queen leave me chomping at the bit to hear what they have in store on their upcoming full length The ’59 Sound which is slated for an August release.
Senor and the Queen is full of rootsy punk-inspired American rock that wouldn’t sound out of place alongside both Lucero and Bruce Springsteen. Singer/guitarist Brian Fallon’s earnest and raspy vocals and rough but easy and the band’s hardcore roots blend seamlessly with their snap-shirted heartland Americana. Not that you wouldn’t expect it from this New Brunswick, NJ quartet, but there is something really great about this EP and I can’t really put my finger on exactly what it is. Get a copy of the EP from the small (but awesome) Sabot Productions. This is easily one of my favorite releases of 2008 so far.
MP3 | the Gaslight Anthem – Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis? Senor and the Queen