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.