Brian Fallon: Do It For The Lovers

“This whole record is more of a positive relationship record rather than you did me wrong and blah blah blah.”

[caption id="attachment_202980" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photos by Drew Gurian[/caption] When Brian Fallon started to write his latest album, he received a crucial piece of advice from his friend, singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan. “[Matthew] just said, ‘Don’t run away from anything that’s you. Everything you love, just take it all in and put it in there. As long as you love it, then it’s cool.’” “That helped,” says Fallon, thinking about his friend’s advice one year later. “That really helped.” Three years after announcing that his band, the Gaslight Anthem, one of the precious few ascendant major label revival rock bands of the past decade, were going on an indefinite hiatus in 2015, Brian Fallon has finally relearned how to be himself. On his latest solo record, Sleepwalkers, his third non-Gaslight album to date, he’s grown fully comfortable re-embracing many of the sounds, styles, and sentiments that he became best known for as the heart-on-sleeve soul-punk prophet who, as lead singer of the Gaslight Anthem, set his mix of contemporary heartbreak and early-onset nostalgia to a playful template of 60’s classic rock revivalism. “For the first time,” says the singer, “I’m okay with being me.” After emphasizing his early folk influences — from…

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