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http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/q-a-gaslight-anthems-brian-fallon-on-big-ambitions-bonding-with-fans-20120808

"It is what it is." Brian Fallon likes this phrase. Chatting with Rolling Stone backstage at Lollapalooza Sunday after the Gaslight Anthem played before an estimated 20,000 fans, the 32-year-old frontman says it several times. The seeming indifference doesn't necessarily jibe with his hard-ass rock star persona, but as Fallon puts it, he's done trying to please: "You can't placate people," he says.

On Handwritten, the Gaslight Anthem's new album, Fallon unspools his usual tales of struggle and triumph; they arrive in anthemic, Springsteen-ian form, but with a biting punk ethos. As the New Jersey rocker tells Rolling Stone, he's not looking to be anyone's new drinking buddy. "Let's communicate," he says of his desired band-fan relationship. "But we don't have to sit down and have dinner."

The Lollapalooza crowd gave you a lot of love.
You kinda can't ask for better than that. There was a lot of people there.

You guys have played to massive crowds at this point. Does it still register in your head how many people you're performing for?
You see whatever's in front of you, and then you kind of don't look around too much besides that. You kinda look to the left and then you look to the right. There's, like, people all up in the trees. There's just people for miles. They said that it was 20,000. I don't know how they got that number. How do you gauge? What does 20,000 people look like? I've played in front of a lot of crowds, but I can't assess how big they are. Once you get 10,000 and up, it just looks massive.

You opened with "May," one of the slower songs off Handwritten.
It's real slow. It's odd. People are like, 'Why are you doing that? Why are you starting with a slow song?' It's because that's what we do. When we're playing our own shows, we kind of have this flow that goes much like a play. For us it's just night to night. It's different. You're coming to see us, but whatever you get, that's what you get. Some nights you get, as they say, the hits set. Or some nights you get the weird set. I'm not gonna go out there and play the same thing every night. Some bands do that. It drives me crazy. Fortunately for us, there's not like really a "hit song."

And yet you've been able to steadily build this massive following. 2010's American Slang felt like a monumental moment.
That was hype, though. That felt fake to me. This "saviors of rock & roll" and all this nonsense. Like, c'mon man! We have two records, really. It just seemed bound to not work like that.

Did the build-up to Handwritten feel more genuine?
With this record it was more, 'Look, the record's good and you should listen to it.' And the rollout or whatever they do, the advertising, they didn't really say anything about it: here's the picture of the band, this is what the record's called. Even our bio isn't a bio. Nick Hornby wrote it. And it has nothing to do with a bio. He's awesome. Can you believe it? It's like having e.e. cummings write a bio. It's awesome. Now it's just less about the marketing. It's not about any of that stuff anymore and I don't care about it. You can't placate people.

It must be nice to be in a position to say, "Look, take our music for what it is."
It is what it is. If you like it, cool. If you don't like it, well then, OK, there's probably something else. I've always said it's easier for bands to make a hard stance – like, we don't do commercials or whatever, blah blah blah – when you've sold billions of records. It's super-easy to be righteous when you're rich. If you're in our position, it's just like, we gotta do this for what we love and not for any other reason, or else we're just gonna be unhappy, you know?

Now that Handwritten has been released, where is your head at?
You're in the ether. You don't know what you're dealing with. 'Cause I don't read any of the press or the reviews – just 'cause I don't; I can't do it. I'm not thick-skinned enough, and that's not why we're playing. So I don't know what people are saying a lot of times. I'm not really into the numbers game of, like, what position our record is. But you find out at the end, you know? You're like "Oh, all right! That's good!" We had a Number Three record. That's crazy! What's that about? That's exciting to me! I think that's good. A lot of bands are kind of shameful about it. We want to be big . . . we want to be a big band, but we don't want to be your best friends. You don't know me.

Brand New, man. That band said it the best on that Devil and God (Are Raging Inside Me) record when he just goes, "I'm not your family, I'm not your friend, I'm not your lover, yeah!" That's it: I'm just a man who knows how to feel. That's my motto. Let's communicate. But we don't have to sit down and have dinner.

The honesty in your songs is a major reason why many have compared you to Springsteen.
And that's kind of the vibe with the whole record – the whole band, actually. It is what it is, you know what I mean? That's how I kind of view everything. It really is what it is at the end. You can't shape it. You can't change it. Your life is what it is.

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I have to say that Brian is coming off as more and more of a douche with every new interview. Cheer up girl.


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Cheers!! Good read Smile
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I am a bit weary now incase i bump into him outside a show and try and talk to him haha. He needs to think back to a classic old motto WHAT WOULD JOE STRUMMER DO
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PostSubject: Re: Rolling Stone Q&A   Rolling Stone Q&A Icon_minitimeWed Aug 08, 2012 4:41 pm

Shrewsbury_Stars wrote:
I have to say that Brian is coming off as more and more of a douche with every new interview. Cheer up girl.

I catch myself going "eh, maybe he was in a bad mood," or "maybe that was taken out of context"...or maybe he's actually just kind of getting fed up with interviews for this album?
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gtalbott wrote:
Shrewsbury_Stars wrote:
I have to say that Brian is coming off as more and more of a douche with every new interview. Cheer up girl.

I catch myself going "eh, maybe he was in a bad mood," or "maybe that was taken out of context"...or maybe he's actually just kind of getting fed up with interviews for this album?

Yeah well, he picked the wrong line of work then.
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PostSubject: Re: Rolling Stone Q&A   Rolling Stone Q&A Icon_minitimeWed Aug 08, 2012 4:47 pm

He seems to try and reinforce this in most interviews that have been shared on here or that ive read. I agree hes in the wrong buisness if he genuinly has an issue with this
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PostSubject: Re: Rolling Stone Q&A   Rolling Stone Q&A Icon_minitimeWed Aug 08, 2012 4:52 pm

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gtalbott wrote:
Shrewsbury_Stars wrote:
I have to say that Brian is coming off as more and more of a douche with every new interview. Cheer up girl.

I catch myself going "eh, maybe he was in a bad mood," or "maybe that was taken out of context"...or maybe he's actually just kind of getting fed up with interviews for this album?

Yeah well, he picked the wrong line of work then.

Agree with Shrewsbury_Stars on both points. The worst part is Brian seems to be bringing it up time and time again.
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PostSubject: Re: Rolling Stone Q&A   Rolling Stone Q&A Icon_minitimeWed Aug 08, 2012 4:53 pm

His fan relationship thing is getting old. He says he doesn't read reviews. Okay, I guess I believe that. By the sounds of it he'd probably just be another Ryan Adams and throw tantrums over negative reviews.

But where is he getting all the angst against the fans? He has to be reading stuff on Facebook or on here - unless people are asking him to go have a pizza and a coke after a show. He needs to calm down though.
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He keeps talking about how he wants his band to be real big, but does not seem to want the crazy fame that comes with it. That's the vibe I've been getting from him lately. I first felt this after the Red Bull Q&A.
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Ah, an e.e. cummings fan Smile
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He keeps talking about how he wants his band to be real big, but does not seem to want the crazy fame that comes with it. That's the vibe I've been getting from him lately. I first felt this after the Red Bull Q&A.
i dont think thats possible!!!! A good relationship with fans is how a good band thrives and survives. Its our hard earned money that we choose to spend on something we feel a connection to and admire thats put them where they are today.
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A good relationship with fans is how a good band thrives and survives. Its our hard earned money that we choose to spend on something we feel a connection to and admire thats put them where they are today.

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Not one thing wrong with that interview. Decent read.
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I have to say that Brian is coming off as more and more of a douche with every new interview. Cheer up girl.

agree. good thing benny is the man!!
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I also don't see any problem here. I don't know a lot of bands that would go and have dinner with their fans.
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I also don't see any problem here. I don't know a lot of bands that would go and have dinner with their fans.

True--Drinks maybe.

Ben from Lucero often drinks with fans after shows--even beofre shows



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Yeah but they don't make a point to mention it in all their interviews.
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Yeah but they don't make a point to mention it in all their interviews.

Right--what does it gain anyone--other than Rolling Stone


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I also don't see any problem here.
Agreed. I love The Gaslight Anthem. But I already have a best friend.

I'm guessing that they keep saying stuff like this because people want more from them. For all we know fans are actually getting upset when the band won't hang out with them.
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I dont expect to hang out but a high five will do as they leave Smile
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I also don't see any problem here.
Agreed. I love The Gaslight Anthem. But I already have a best friend.

I'm guessing that they keep saying stuff like this because people want more from them. For all we know fans are actually getting upset when the band won't hang out with them.

I'm fairly certain that no fan has ever asked Brian to be their best friend. He's simply being rhetorical. But in that regard, he's communicating the sentiment that he doesn't want to have a relationship with his fans when he's offstage. I actually don't care if he feels that way (I don't want to be your friend either bro). I do, however, think it is dickish gor him to go out of his way to repeatedly express this sentiment with a "whoa is me" attitude. Get over yourself dude.
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I'm fairly certain that no fan has ever asked Brian to be their best friend. He's simply being rhetorical. But in that regard, he's communicating the sentiment that he doesn't want to have a relationship with his fans when he's offstage. I actually don't care if he feels that way (I don't want to be your friend either bro). I do, however, think it is dickish gor him to go out of his way to repeatedly express this sentiment with a "whoa is me" attitude. Get over yourself dude.
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I'm fairly certain that no fan has ever asked Brian to be their best friend. He's simply being rhetorical. But in that regard, he's communicating the sentiment that he doesn't want to have a relationship with his fans when he's offstage.
Agreed. But I really think all he means is that he doesn't want to be friends/have a relationship offstage (considering that's what he keeps saying). It seems like some people are interpreting that as he doesn't want to talk to fans at all. I don't think that's what he's trying to say.
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I thought this was a good interview. I really don't understand why people think Brian is coming off so badly. Just because he doesn't want to hang out with fans in his downtime and be everybody's best friend doesn't mean he's being a jerk. Maybe he just likes his personal space and wants to keep his life off the stage as private as possible, which is probably getting more difficult all the time.

And like Brian said, we don't know him. We might know about him, most of us probably know too much trivia about him and the band, but we don't know Brian as a person, so maybe we shouldn't judge him either. Just my opinion.
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