Lead vocalist and guitarist for American rock band The Gaslight Anthem announced yesterday (January 20, 2011) on his blog that while Gaslight Anthem is taking a break from recording, he will be pursuing a side-project with British musician Ian Perkins called The Horrible Crowes.
Gaslight Anthem has been touring non-stop in support of their critically and commercially successful third studio album, American Slang. The band made a handful of stops in Chicago, which included a sold out House of Blues show in July 2010, and a September 2010 show at Chicago’s Vic Theatre.
Frontman Brian Fallon went on to say in his blog that he never wanted to do a solo album, and when the chance to work with Ian Perkins came about, he did not want to pass it up. The Horrible Crowes will not be a full on touring band, and Brian Fallon stressed that this was just a “for me to do for fun” record.
“We might do a few shows with the Crowes, maybe select cities in the US, Can, and Europe/UK, but not major touring like Gaslight does,” stated Fallon.
So, what exactly will this new venture sound like? Well, Fallon described the sound to be, “If Tom Waits, the National, the Afghan Whigs, Bon Iver, and Nick Cave made a band with Percy Sledge that’d be called The Horrible Crowes.”
The side-band came about because The Gaslight Anthem are not planning to record another full length album until fall 2011, with a 2012 release date. He needed another outlet for his music, and thus The Horrible Crowes came to be his side-project.
You can read Brian Fallon’s entire blog post below, or go directly to his blog and read it there. He writes more in depth about what style of music they will be releasing, and how the band name came about because yes, he knows how crows is really spelled.
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Let me know what you think in the comments! Are you excited for his side project and to hear a different style of music come from The Gaslight Anthem’s lead vocalist Brian Fallon?
For more information on the band: The Horrrible Crowes Facebook Page
Brian Fallon post about The Horrible Crowes:
Anyway, so here’s the deal… the “night time music” is myself and Mr. Ian Perkins, and what we’re doing is writing songs and making demos at the very moment. We hope to put out a full length record sometime this year, before it gets cold again, I don’t know with whom, or when exactly it will come out. But the point is, it’s coming out. We’re calling ourselves The Horrible Crowes.
The name comes from a poem called the Twa Corbies, which means, “two crows.” Check it out,
it’s a dark commentary on life. A knight dies, his woman runs off on him, and two crows sit by discussing how to devour his remains… pretty gross. Pretty accurate about how we struggle all our lives for gain and greed, etc, etc and in the end, to quote Tom Waits, “we’re all gonna be just dirt in the ground,” while the spirit moves on and can’t take a bit of the material with it.
Yet I’ve found we all do this, and mainly in relationships, we end up the devourer or the devoured. That’s what we’re singing about, it’s the darker side of soul music, it’s slow, it slithers, and it’s raw. At the same time, the melodies and pianos are a juxtaposition to the topic material because it’s eerily soothing. I’m really proud of what’s been coming out and we’ll see how it goes, but it’s in the works and it’s heading for an actual record.
Now how’s this going to work with Gaslight, well it’s easy, see, every time I write a creepy Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Mark Laneghan type song, I get an idea for a ripper which goes straight to Gaslight. So we’re writing for both now, but Gaslight isn’t planning on recording until the fall, for a 2012 release. Now I can’t sit still so I’m doing this for fun, nothing more. We might do a few shows with the Crowes, maybe select cities in the US, Can, and Europe/UK, but not major touring like Gaslight does. This is my “for me” record, Gaslight is my baby, no mistake.
I always said I never would do a “solo” record so that’s why I found a partner in crime in Ian. So it’s not going to be the acoustic Brian Fallon road show. There’s organs, pianos, even (gasp) strings!!! There’s drums, everything. So don’t expect a folk record. Here’s a good description, if Tom Waits, the National, the Afghan Whigs, Bon Iver, and Nick Cave made a band with Percy Sledge that’d be called The Horrible Crowes.
You can find us on Facebook, and we have a blog that will eek out little bits as we progress and serve as a news point, so all breaking news with come from The Horrible Crowes blog.
Now for you cynics, it’s spelled “Crowes” because Ian’s English, and that’s fun to me because I’m American and think everything English people do or say is amazing, you do to, admit it. So put that in your pipe and smoke to the filter.
We’ll put some music up closer to when we figure out when we’re recording. Because you internet whiz’s are amazing at stealing. I’m truly impressed, but hyper afraid of you, so let’s just say we’ll put out some demos when we’re ready to be hacked to death.
And yes, I have the Gaslight Anthem’s blessing because they know I love them more than Ian.
I just said that because it’s fun to see Ian’s face when reads this. (Hi Ian.)
So let’s have some fun and put out some great music this year while we get ready to write the best Gaslight Anthem record yet!
We’ll see ya out there on the road!