Brian Fallon, photographed by Danny Clinch. (Courtesy of Big Hassle Media)
With his band The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon was on the precipice of rock stardom in the late 2000s. The band played “The Late Show with David Letterman” multiple times, and topped the Billboard charts.
While critics loved the band’s first few albums, they also saw a similarity between Fallon’s gravelly tone and New Jersey storytelling and the state’s native son, Bruce Springsteen.
Now, with his first solo record, Fallon says he doesn’t want his career to be lost in a Springsteen comparison.
My NPR Music and Here & Now profile of Fallon originally aired nationally on Sept. 6. You can listen to it here, and check out a curated Brian Fallon playlist I made.
Chvrches started out humble enough. A few singles hitting the Internet, some online buzz and a debut album recorded in a basement.
Less than four years later, however, and the band is massive – headlining summer festival stops the past two years across the country, while playing more than 350 shows.
On September 25, the band released “Every Open Eye,” a follow-up to their critically-acclaimed 2013 debut, “The Bones of What You Believe.”
You can listen to my story about their ascent to the top of the indie-pop world here. It aired aired nationally on Here & Now on Oct. 5.