Rival Schools to tour with Gaslight Anthem; new album due 2011

Post-hardcore supercollective Rival Schools have lined up a slew of dates with the Gaslight Anthem through the early days of October around the United States.

The shows start with at the tail end of September at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall before hitting the states of Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Texas. The band wrap up the short run with a solo headlining gig in Texas October 10th supported by Fake Problems and Look Mexico.

In bigger news, the often-discussed, much delayed, sometimes-cancelled second LP from Rival Schools has now been given a tentative release date of “early 2011”. The follow-up to 2001’s United By Fate was originally scheduled for a 2003 release, but the dissolve of the band led to the scrapping of the album.

Now 9 years later, Walter Schreifels, Sammy Siegler, Ian Love, and Cache Tolman are back on the road and working on new material having recently performed festival stages through the world. A new track, “Shot After Shot”, is expected to be released in November with an accompanying video to follow. Anticipation continues to grow for their long awaited new album, now there’s nothing left to do but wait.

Tour dates:
w/ Gaslight Anthem (except*)
09/30: New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/02: Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
10/03: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/04: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/05: Gainesville, FL @ 8 Seconds
10/07: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/08: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Showroom
10/10: Austin, TX @ Red 7* (w/Look Mexico & Fake Problems)


Video: The Gaslight Anthem – “American Slang”

The Gaslight Anthem have just unveiled the video for “American Slang”. Set to New York’s monotholic backdrop, it embodies the band’s beat generation appeal and working class rock n’ roll attitude.

Its aesthetic is unmistakable and evokes all those wonderfully old Bruce Springsteen videos … a comparison that, I’m sure, the band are no strangers to. Yet in an era where videos tend to either embrace excess to no end and/or seek to push hipster lo-fi to extremes (Ratatat’s “Party With Children“- which I dislike with extreme severity), it’s nice to see a video that keeps the essence of the music and style genuine.

“American Slang”

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The Gaslight Anthem: Staying hungry, staying free

The Gaslight AnthemIf you were ever to search for the link between The Clash and Bruce Springsteen, you would find The Gaslight Anthem; a soul-fueled punk outfit that sings like a weary traveler more than an angsty son.

Not surprisingly, The Gaslight Anthem shares the state of New Jersey with Springsteen, and much like his deeply America-drenched music, this quartet speaks very much like the legendary troubadour- singing songs about desolation moonlights, magnificent dreamers, and Shrewsbury stars Continue reading