Brian Fallon

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Brian Fallon
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Brian Fallon in Dublin, Ireland, November, 2010
Background information
Birth name Brian Fallon
Born (1980-01-28) January 28, 1980 (age 34)
Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
Origin New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Genres Alternative rock, folk punk, punk rock, soul, cowpunk
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Years active 1997–present
Labels Mercury records SideOneDummy
XOXO
Sabot Productions
Resist records
Associated acts The Gaslight Anthem
The Horrible Crowes
Molly and the Zombies
This Charming Man
Surrogate McKenzie
Amping Copper
Cincinnati Rail Tie
No Release
Chuck Ragan
Shady View Terrace
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson Melody Maker
Gibson J-45
Gibson ES-335

Brian Fallon (born January 28, 1980) is an American musician. Fallon is one of the founding members of the band The Gaslight Anthem. He plays guitar, provides lead vocals and is the main songwriter for the band. He has also worked on a side project called The Horrible Crowes with The Gaslight Anthem guitar technician, Ian Perkins.

Biography[edit]

Brian Fallon was born in Red Bank, New Jersey in 1980. His mother Debbie was in a folk band in the late 1960s called 'The Group Folk Singers'. Fallon spent his teen years in Hackettstown, New Jersey, where he became close friends with Tom "Tommy Gunn" DuHamel of the band Communication Redlight.[1] When Fallon was 17 he released a cassette under the stage name 'No Release'. He also once wanted to start a small record label to be called 'Old 45 Records'.[2]

Band Affiliations and Projects[edit]

No Release (1997)[edit]

At the age of 17 Fallon released a cassette titled The Coffeehouse Sessions under the name No Release. It was released under 'Mean Little Man Productions'. There are only about 200 copies of the limited release demo. There are 16 tracks on the demo which featured Chris Eissing as lead guitar on a few tracks.

Amping Copper (2001)[edit]

With the band Amping Copper, which has been called "basically...Surrogate McKenzie version 2", Fallon was involved with the recording of the 6-track self-titled CD, Amping Copper in 2001.

Brian Fallon - Cincinnati Rail Tie (2004)[edit]

After Amping Copper, Fallon wanted to record a solo EP, while maintaining the band feel. He asked a friend, Casey Lee Morgan, from the band Lanemeyer to play drums. Another friend, Mike Hemberger, played bass and produced the EP. One of Fallon's old guitar teachers, Tim Fogerty, played guitar on two tracks. Together they recorded, The American Music EP in 2004, the EP also featured Fallon's mother on backing vocals.[2]

This Charming Man (2004–2005)[edit]

In 2004, Fallon along with Michael Volpe, Chris Clementi and Mike Leboeuf founded This Charming Man. Fallon and Volpe remained the only original members when Benny Horowitz and Alex Levine joined in late 2005. In early 2006, Michael Volpe decided to leave the band and Alex Rosamilia was brought on board, thus bringing together the present lineup of The Gaslight Anthem.

This Charming Man's only full release was Every Little Secret in 2005, with the original lineup. Another song by the original band called "She Coulda Raised the Titanic" later became The Gaslight Anthem's "1930" song on the Sink or Swim album.

The Gaslight Anthem (2006–present)[edit]

Main article: The Gaslight Anthem

Fallon has been the prominent song writer and vocalist for The Gaslight Anthem since their transition from This Charming Man. With the band he has recorded 4 studio albums, Sink or Swim, The '59 Sound, American Slang and Handwritten. In 2009, he joined Bruce Springsteen on stage for the headlining set at the Hard Rock Calling Festival, performing the song "No Surrender."

The Horrible Crowes (2011–present)[edit]

Main article: The Horrible Crowes

On January 20, 2011, Fallon announced on his blog that he had formed the group The Horrible Crowes with his guitar tech, Ian Perkins.[3]

The first single "Behold the Hurricane" was made available for streaming through RollingStone.com on July 13, 2011.[4] On September 1, Rolling Stone streamed the album in its entirety. On September 20, the video for "Behold The Hurricane" was uploaded to The Horrible Crowes website.[5]

Their debut album, Elsie, was released on September 6, 2011 in the USA.

Molly and the Zombies (2013–present)[edit]

Molly and the Zombies is Ameicana/folk group that was formed in 2014 by Fallon and includes guitarist and Plow United frontman Brian McGee, drummer Randy Schrager and Ryan Adams and the Cardinals former bassist Catherine Popper. The band formed when they performed their first show in December 2013 opening for Bouncing Souls. According to Fallon there is no record deal and there will be no record on CD or vinyl. The only ways to hear the band are online[6] where he intends to release the music for free, or at the band's limited number of shows. Fallon said all of the band's music, which he wrote and didn't feel like using for Gaslight Anthem, was inspired by Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited album. The band's name comes partially from a Roky Erickson song and a 1943 horror movie.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Brian Fallon is a Christian, but he avoids using references to his faith in his music. As he stated in an interview with spinner.com referring to The Gaslight Anthem's 2010 album American Slang, "There are no religious songs and there never would be because the four of us, we all have different views, completely different religions...I'm very cautious not to push that on the band."[8]

Discography[edit]

With The Gaslight Anthem

With The Horrible Crowes

  • Elsie (album) (2011) -- "Behold The Hurricane" (Single) (2011)

With This Charming Man

  • Every Little Secret (2005)

With Brian Fallon - Cincinnati Rail Tie

  • The American Music EP (2004)

With Amping Cooper

  • Amping Cooper (2001)

With Surrogate McKenzie

  • Surrogate McKenzie (1998)
  • Songs To Grow Up To (1998)
  • The Six Degrees of Separation (2000)

As No Release

  • The Coffeehouse Sessions (1997)

With Chuck Ragan

  • Gospel Hymns (7" split) (2009)

Unreleased Studio Recordings ~ Singles

Vocal appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Band Record label Credits
2000 "Alarm" Lanemeyer Springman Records Vocal
2000 "Somebody to Shove" (Soul Asylum cover) Lanemeyer Springman Records Vocal
2009 "No Surrender" London Calling: Live in Hyde Park Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band Columbia Records Vocal
2010 "The South Has Spoiled Me" Raise It High Chamberlain Vocal
2011 "Meet You In The Middle" Covering Ground Chuck Ragan SideOneDummy Records Vocal
2013 "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (Bruce Springsteen cover) Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers (2000-2013) Rise Against with Tom Morello & Wayne Kramer Interscope Records Vocal, Guitar

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