With American Slang, The Gaslight Anthem makes an extraordinary leap forward towards that very goal. The New Jersey-based bands third long player reveals a remarkably powerful rock n roll outfit honed by two years of nearly non-stop touring. Singer/guitarist Fallons passionate lyrical approach has grown more personal and introspective, his raw throated vocals stronger and more resonant against the bands pulse-pounding dynamic force. Songs like Bring It On, Orphans and the rousing title track bristle and burn with the spirit of soul, the energy of punk, and the artistic ambition of any hall of famer youd care to name. American Slang is the battle cry of a great band finding its own voice. The Gaslight Anthem exploded out of the New Brunswick, NJ punk underground with 2007s debut, Sink Or Swim (Resist Records through Shock). The Señor And The Queen EP (Resist Records through Shock) EP followed in early 2008, its ambition foreshadowing the bands stunning SideOneDummy Records/ Shock debut, The 59 Sound. With its melding of classic rock, soul and punk power, the album proved an immediate critical and popular sensation, with The New York Times praising the rich, lustrous songwriting and taut punk arrangements, noting that Fallons casually observed storytelling, overflowing with detail, seethes with a cool desperation reminiscent of Mr. Springsteen in the late 70s. The 59 Sound was equally popular in the UK, Europe and Australia, with the hype building to American Slang huge. The band toured Australia right upon the album release in August 2008 to a real I was there on their first tour feeling in the crowd, with fans knowing they were onto something quite early in a bands career.