Gaslight Anthem Talk Short Film and New Music Plans

05/31/2013
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(Radio.com) Gaslight Anthem were having a moment for most of 2012. The Jersey rockers' fourth studio album, Handwritten, was easily their highest-charting album to date, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in July.

The Top 5 charting, however, wasn't the band's only first of 2012. Gaslight drummer Benny Horowitz made his directorial debut with the band's video for "Handwritten" (alongside New York-based director Kevin Slack), and midway through the process decided there was much more to the story than the four-minute clip would allow. Instead leave the video as is, he decided to create a short film around it, which follows the lifespan of one piece of vinyl.

Every Word Handwritten, a 15-minute film conceptualized by Horowitz and Slack, marked Horowitz's full-blown foray into cinematography. The self-professed cinephile enlisted the help of fellow bandmate, guitarist Alex Rosamilia, and friend Wes Kleinknecht to compose the score for the film. Radio.com chatted with Rosamilia about the process of writing the music for Every Word Handwritten and how it differs from recording with Gaslight Anthem, as well as when we can expect a follow-up to 2012′s Handwritten.

How is writing music for a film different than making music with Gaslight Anthem? "The biggest difference is there is nobody else in the band there. Wes [Kleinknecht] is the guy I wrote the score with. I have written with him before but not this type of music. Instead of having a structure and building off of that, you're starting from the ground up and watching the film at the same time seeing how to bring the music from here to here. [You're] basing your song structure on what's happening in the movie and not the verse/chorus."

Any plans to release a new single soon? "No. We're going to start writing more heavily in the month coming up. We haven't really been home much. After the Asbury [Park, New Jersey] shows around Memorial Day weekend, we'll be home more. We'll probably end up writing then, but there's nothing down the Gaslight pipe for a bit." A lot more here.

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