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Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Forms New Band

The Frontman teams up with musician Ian Perkins for project dubbed The Horrible Crowes

Gaslight Anthem spent last year touring behind their excellent third album American Slang, but frontman Brian Fallon is taking a break this year to focus on a new side-project dubbed The Horrible Crowes. Fallon is teaming up with British musician Ian Perkins for the band, and the pair will hit the studio, with the goal of releasing a record before the year is up.

Fallon says he won’t be writing any singer-songwriter-type fare for Crowes and that the music will hew closer to the raucous punk anthems of Gaslight. “I always said I never would do a ‘solo’ record so that’s why I found a partner in crime in Ian,” Fallon wrote on his blog [via NME]. “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.” Fallon says that Horrible Crowes’ tunes will be inspired by Tom Waits, the National, the Afghan Whigs, Bon Iver and Nick Cave; the group will play a few select shows in the States, Canada, and the U.K. this year.

Fallon adds that he has the blessing of his Gaslight crew for the project – “They know I love them more than Ian,” he writes – and the group will reconvene in the fall to cut a new disc, for release in 2012.

Check back to the group’s new Facebook page for updates on the record.