Alex Rosamilia

EVERY WORD HANDWRITTEN:  A Gaslight Anthem Fan Zine

Hey, everyone.  My name is Tres Dean and if you’ve been following me on here for more than 5 minutes, you know that I’m a huge fan of The Gaslight Anthem.  They’re my favorite band that is still actually together and making music and touring and whatnot.

I find them hugely inspiring on multiple levels and their work has influenced me as a writer and a person in general.

Last summer I penned an outline to a 5-ish page comic adaptation of one of my favorite songs by them called “The Backseat.”  I’m working over the next couple of months with a friend of mine (y'all follow swrdplay.tumblr.com to see his crazy nice work) to actually get it produced.

The whole process of this got me thinking about how cool it would be to put together a small fan zine of Gaslight Anthem-inspired art and adaptations.  I have no idea what the interest in this would be like, so I’m using this post to gauge that.  

The general goal would be to produce a fan zine over the next few months filled with pinups, design pieces, and sequential art adaptations all based on the band and their songs.  It would probably shy away from pieces depicting the band themselves and focus more on stuff like the above piece by El Jefe (my single favorite piece he’s done for them….guys, how great is that print?!).  You know, art pieces inspired by songs or overarching themes in their music.  We’d probably just produce it as a .pdf and send it to the participants and anybody interested in looking at it.  And if participants want to print a few copies on their own to hand out, that’s also fine.  Obviously we can’t really generate profit from this because I have a feeling it’s several different kinds of illegal.  It’s more something I’d wanna do as a tribute to a band I care about a lot.

Maybe I’m the only person that would be interested in doing this, but I figured it’s worth a shot to see if anybody else would be down.  Shoot me an email at tresdeanrva@gmail.com or drop me a message here if you’d like to talk about getting this together.  

At the very least, it’d be super cool if people could reblog this or send it to friends that might be interested.  Thanks!

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Brian Fallon and Alex Rosamilia did a Cardinal Session before their show in Düsseldorf. Here’s them playing 1000 Years 

If you know what’s good for you, you’ll listen to this! 

Orphans
The Gaslight Anthem
Orphans

But it’s so hard to stand on your own,
Against mirror or glass, hard and cold,
But the clothes I wore just don’t fit my soul anymore.

And the lonesome all understand,
With the choirs in my head,
That we were orphans before we were ever the sons of regret.

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Well, well… Though I’m still half deaf and sleepy I wanted to finally share some of the great time I had yesterday. I not only had the opportunity to join the sound-check, I also talked to Brian shortly. Loved the way he looked before the show and also their Halloween costumes. It was one of a kind. He was totally impish and funny and adorable. He smiled and was cheerful. He goofed a round a damn lot! Duh! Let’s break this down to what it was:

THE BEST FREAKING GASLIGHT SHOW EVER!

The setlist, the feeling, the crowd, everything was perfect and I met some wonderful die-hard Gaslight fans! It was a pleasure to be there with you ladies!  

P.S.: Thanks to all your kind notes on my recent happy-to-have-won post. Love you guys. xo.