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The Horrible Crowes: Gaslight's 'Hurricane' Anthem

The timing is eerily right for the first single from The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon and his moody side project, The Horrible Crowes.
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The timing is eerily right for the first single from The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon and his moody side project, The Horrible Crowes.

As leader of the New Jersey band The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon knows his way around vein-bulging rock 'n' roll: Like his idol Bruce Springsteen, Fallon conflates the romance of youth — fast cars, restless blood, hormonal love — with the bone-deep understanding that it can be taken away at any time, whether at the hands of a grisly accident or a slow fade into adulthood. In the process, he makes the struggle to hold onto vitality feel hard-fought, even important.

Fallon is about to embark on a career detour as half of a side project called The Horrible Crowes, which mostly replaces The Gaslight Anthem's to-the-rafters intensity with something more portentous and slow-burning. Elsie, the band's debut, comes out Sept. 6, but the record's first single is bound to make its way onto a few storm-themed mixtapes this weekend: "Behold the Hurricane" finds Fallon reassessing an old love while employing an unintentionally topical metaphor.

The most Gaslight-esque anthem on Elsie, "Behold the Hurricane" wields many of Fallon's greatest songwriting weapons, from the air of life-and-death struggle to the Springsteenian chorus. "I age by years at the mention of your name," Fallon sings, in the process acknowledging the awesome and often ruinous power of the past we try to keep behind us.

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Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)
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