New album coming from Butch Walker. Really.

ButchWalker-1024x680None of Butch Walker’s seven albums have reached the Top 100 on the US charts. His most recent record, 2015’s Afraid of Ghosts, crawled to 104 with Billboard.

Kinda odd, I think, because they sound authentic and of-the-moment but still seated firmly at the table with their influences.  It’s rock and roll.  But it’s shiny pop too, sometimes winding their way around each other in the same song. Sugary.  Truthy.  Hooky.  Holy. Smart.

His audience is cult-sized. Those who know and like, well, are glad they know and like, because his music kinda digs in and finds way into a listeners gut.  And heart.

Walker, raised in Georgia, has found his success with his producer’s golden-boy touch on records by Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Keith Urban, and worked on the new solo record from Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon.

His go-to sound? Layered vocals that build a wall of cotton candy around a bottle of whiskey. A big-and-loud pop sound. It’s also back to the 80’s.  FM radio.  And AM radio too, full of static and sex.

Not too often that kind of material gets stitched together and heard, like Butch Walker does it, as a big ol’ blanket of 2016 goodness, covering you with a feeling of both nostalgia and like the song may be the newest little treasure that nobody else has found yet.

Walker’s new record, Stay Gold, is due soon. There’s a teaser video out today.   And here’s a couple other of my favorites from him (and his recent work with Fallon) to test drive.

VIDEO: Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon kinda screwed up his presentation

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I like Gaslight Anthem, but sometimes their singer (Brian Fallon)  is not too tight between songs if he decides to talk.  Love the band, think their audience believes it is more “punk” than it really is (moshing doesn’t mean you are punk), and the band  –for better or worse – is hitched to some of the Jersey rock and roll lineage.  I’d embrace it.  Mostly, they have.
Great piece on the NPR site about the night Fallon told the”Bruuuuce”-ers to shut up.
Last weekend the Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon lashed out at his audience; an audience that had already been lashed by winds and rain during what was pretty terrific set in a spectacular new waterfront venue in lower Manhattan.

Video: New Springsteen Interview, Hyde Park Footage

Good new interview with Bruce Springsteen, as part of a 5-minute video for the Live at Hyde Park DVD that comes out next week. Bruce talks about Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, playing a show in the daylight, and the importance of documenting the band.

This weekend on E Street Radio on Sirius/XM, Dave Marsh premiered an hour-long special, followed a broadcast of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s band’s entire Hyde Park concert. The program will be rebroadcast throughout the coming week.

Gaslight Anthem w/ Springsteen in London – “59 Sound”

Bruce Springsteen joined Brian Fallon and The Gaslight Anthem at Hyde Park in London on June 28 for “59 Sound”. Both guys are having a blast and the song has always rocked – they just infuse it with another level of energy.