Published Jun 01, 2011In recent months, Brian Fallon of the working man's rock band the Gaslight Anthem has branched out to work on the debut album with his side-project the Horrible Crowes. A collaboration with friend Ian Perkins, the songwriter previously described the new songs as sounding like what would result if "Tom Waits, the National, the Afghan Whigs, Bon Iver, and Nick Cave made a band with Percy Sledge." Soon, we'll be able to hear this for ourselves, as the LP Elsie will come out on September 6 via SideOneDummy.
A press release explains that the album finds Fallon "playing keyboards and working with drum loops and string arrangements for the first time." The tracks date back to when Perkins came on tour with the band last year, as the pair wrote "on buses, in hotel rooms and even a bathroom in Japan following the earthquake."
In a statement, Fallon said, "These songs are very dark; they're like hymns for lonely people. It's really a trip through a breakdown and that descent into madness and hopefully redemption."
The album was recorded on tape with producer Ted Hutt (the Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys). The tracklist and lead single from Elsie have not been confirmed, but we can expect those to arrive in the near future. There will also be shows in support of the album.
"Our shows are going to be smaller and they're going to take place in very intimate venues," Fallon said.
But unlike his rowdy gigs with the Gaslight Anthem, "It's not the kind of thing where you get wasted and listen to some music," he explained. "It's more, 'I'm going to take my lady out and watch a band play and it's going to be quiet and then we're going to go home and have a good evening.'"
As for the Gaslight Anthem, Fallon has said that they will likely release an album in 2012.