“I’m stat­ing the ob­vi­ous here, but it’s tricky stay­ing pos­i­tive in an in­creas­ingly bleak world.amid the threat of nu­clear war and the wor­ry­ing ef­fects of cli­mate change, a lit­tle es­capism is of­ten re­quired. Noth­ing has felt more up­lift­ing, then, than the re­turn of The Gaslight An­them – a band whose pure, ro­man­tic tales of play­ing the ra­dio loud and danc­ing all night with loved ones bring with them the ex­act sort of life-af­firm­ing day­dreams that 2018 is in need of.

“What’s more, their re­vival stems from a gen­uine place.while plenty of bands’ ‘farewell’ tours – or sub­se­quent ‘come­back’ gigs – could be viewed as a money-mak­ing ploy, you’d never catch TGA do­ing such a thing: in 2015, the quar­tet’s pre-hia­tus shows had sold out be­fore they even an­nounced their split.‘we’re not try­ing to make money off peo­ple,’ front­man Brian Fal­lon told me.‘we’re just try­ing to get by.this is our work, yes, but we’re not go­ing for a cash-grab.’

“The punk heroes’ range of in­flu­encees is equally as im­pres­sive as their work ethic, too. From Park­way Drive through to All Time Low, chances are your favourite band adore them – and rightly so.” THE GASLIGHT AN­THEM PLAY THE ’59 SOUND IN FULL AT NEW YORK’S GOVER­NORS BALL FES­TI­VAL IN JUNE. SEE GOVERNORSBALL MUSICFESTIVAL.COM

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