The Gaslight Anthem have spent the most part of their career being compared to their fellow New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen
Like The Boss, the nostalgia-tinged four-piece have ascended New Jersey’s punk scene to sell out shows around the world on a propulsive rock’n’roll sound.
They are on a similar trajectory, with four robust albums in five years and non-stop touring evidence of The Gaslight Anthem’s strong work ethic.
An outspoken fan of the unassuming four-piece, Springsteen famously invited them to perform on stage when he headlined Britain’s Glastonbury Festival.
The Gaslight Anthem repaid the favour by having him over for burgers.
“Yeah, I cooked Bruce a hamburger, it was pretty surreal but he’s the guy who walks around the neighbourhood saying hi to everyone,” says bass player Alex Levine.
“For someone who’s there with Bob Dylan and Barak Obama as an icon of our times he’s a really humble guy.”
Just as determined to stay grounded, The Gaslight Anthem - also comprising singer Brian Fallon, Alex Rosamilia and Benny Horowitz - are uneasy with fame.