The Gaslight Anthem are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their upcoming July 24 release, Handwritten. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, frontman Brian Fallon told CBS Local this is the New Jersey band’s most personal album.

“I think this one is just more personal and less about different influences. There are no real places. There are no jukeboxes and stuff like that. I said what I had to say about all that,” he said. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m not too cool for that now, I just said what I had to say about that and there was nothing left besides real, personal life things.”

Fallon said he thinks more fans will be able to relate to Handwritten.

“They’re going to feel that it’s more personal to them, not necessarily just one guy and his opinions and the flavors that he puts on lyrics.”

The album will be Gaslight Anthem’s fourth full-length and Fallon said the band tries something different on every record they release.

“You have to allow new influences to come in or old influences or different ones. You have to sit and listen in order for new things to come in. You have a period of writing and a period of gathering or just living,” he said. “That’s what Bob Dylan said. He said, ‘Sometimes I’m living and sometimes I’m writing.’ That’s the process.”

“I think in order to move on and change things and keep things fresh in a way, you have to be able to be open to new things or else it’ll just eventually become the same thing.”

Gaslight Anthem will hit the road with Rise Against in September and Fallon says it’s a tour he’s looking forward to.

“We’ve been friends with them for a long time because they took us out on a tour a really long time ago. They’ve been really good to us. They’re a good band, they’re good guys,” he said. “I think that the sentimentality of the bands meet up. Hot Water Music, us and Rise Against are mostly on the same page. Like minded bands have to stick together. It helps for the audience but it also helps being on tour with guys who you get along with because sometimes it gets long.”

Tickets for their tour with Rise Against and Hot Water Music are currently on sale. Complete tour dates below.

9/11 – Quebec City, Quebec – Agora
9/12 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
9/13 – Ottawa, ON – CE Centre
9/15 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
9/16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
9/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Deltaplex
9/20 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
9/21 – Pensacola, FL – Deluna Fest
9/22 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/24 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
9/25 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
9/28 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Beach Park
9/29 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
10/1 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
10/2 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theatre
10/4 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
10/ 6 – Calgary, AB – Stampede Park BMO Centre
10/7 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Centre

– Annie Reuter CBS Local


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