Brian Fallon has never been one to sit still when it comes to his career in music. So when the New Jersey native’s band The Gaslight Anthem announced an indefinite hiatus in July many wondered what Fallon’s next move would be. As anticipated, just a few months later in September of last year Fallon announced he would be releasing his first true solo album. Fallon has worked away from Gaslight Anthem on many an occasion – with his guitar tech as The Horrible Crowes or with Americana super group Molly and the Zombies to name a few – but “Painkillers” is the first album that he wrote and composed entirely on his own. The album was produced by super producer Butch Walker whose production credits read like a top 40 list (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Pink) and officially released on Friday.
The release of the album also happened to coincide with Fallon’s stop in Boston, MA at Royale Nightclub where he spent the night serenading the crowd with songs spanning his entire career. Starting with a Horrible Crowes song, a Molly and the Zombies song and the second single from Painkillers - “Nobody Wins” – a song Fallon joked with the audience was about sports teams in New Jersey.
There were plenty of jokes and stories being told throughout the night. Fallon noted that comedian Noel Fielding was performing at the venue across the street, and how he was big fan of the comedian’s work. Even stating that The Horrible Crowes album “Elsie” was named after a character in Fielding’s popular show The Mighty Boosh.
Fallon’s jokes and anecdotes added to the intimate feel of the show, a change of pace from the shows Fallon has been playing at festivals and amphitheaters with The Gaslight Anthem over the last decade. Fallon would end up playing half of his new solo album highlighted by the songs “Steve McQueen” a lyrical masterpiece, and “A Wonderful Life” a track that wouldn’t be out of place on any Gaslight Anthem album. One setlist surprise was the song “Low Love” a song that Fallon has been playing live on occasion but has yet to be released, though it is due out on a Record Store Day exclusive release coming this April.
Though mixing in lots of different projects Fallon elected not to play any Gaslight Anthem songs, instead choosing to focus on the other ventures in his career. However the lack of Gaslight songs did not take anything away from the night as the sold out room still enjoyed every minute of the intimate performance.
Fallon’s solo tour continues through May, making stops in several countries, dates can be found below and you can pick up Fallon’s record Painkillers here
March 15 - Washington, DC at 9:30 Club March 18 - Milwaukee, WI at Turner Hall Ballroom March 19 - Minneapolis, MN at Varsity Theater March 20 - Chicago, IL at House of Blues March 22 - Kansas City, MO at The Riot Room March 23 - Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall March 25 - San Francisco at Great American Music Hall March 26 - San Diego, CA at House of Blues April 5 - Manchester, UK at O2 Ritz April 6 - Glasgow, UK at O2 ABC April 7 - Birmingham, UK at O2 Institute Birmingham April 8 - London, UK at Koko April 9 - Nottingham, UK at Rock City April 10 - Bristol, UK at O2 Academy April 12 - Brussels, Belgium at Ancienne Belgique April 13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands at Melkweg The Max April 14 - Berlin, Germany at Postbahnhof am Ostbahnh April 15 - Munich, Germany at Muffathalle April 17 - Vienna, Austria at Arena Wien April 19 - Köln, Germany at Live Music Hall April 20 - Hamburg, Germany at Fabrik May 13-15 - Atlanta, GA at Shaky Knees Festival