YEARS (to 2011)
YEARS (2012 -)
PROJECTS - Horrible
TO THIS SITE,
this listing includes both commercially
released and unreleased material, excl. bootlegs
No Release was the name Brian
Fallon used to record 'The Coffeehouse Sessions' when he was seventeen.
McKenzie, Amping Copper, and Cincinnati Rail Tie are
three of Brian's bands prior to This Charming Man.
Benny Horowitz and Alex Rosamilia
were in a band called The Killing Gift. Before that, Benny
was in Yellboy, Dilemma,
Full Circle Swing, and The
Low End Theory (he has also toured with
Nora). Benny also
organised gigs at the Manville Elks Lodge in New Jersey.
The following is a relevant extract
from an interview with Bobby Gorman from ThePunkSite.com (8 April
Bobby: What do
you think when you hear about people tracking down your old bands like
This Charming Man, Brian Fallon And The Cincinnati Rail Ties, Killing Gift
or Low End Theory? Like when people go out of their ways to track down
Levine: Oh God.
Rosamilia: Don't! *laughs*
That's ridiculous. I don't know. The friends that I was in the band The
Killing Gift with would be upset because I've already kind of trashed talked
the Killing Gift once. But it's just weird. I mean, it's cool to think
that they're that interested in us that they want to go back further but
I don't think anyone's gonna really - at least the Killing Gift stuff -
nobody's gonna like. It's a totally different sound. Low End Theory I can
see people liking, This Charming Man stuff I can see people liking. That's
probably the easiest.
Levine: Oh yeah, at least
Rosamilia: I don't know,
it's weird. Nobody liked us when we were around, now people like us because
we're in another band. That doesn't make sense.
Bobby: Well, like you said,
you gotta see where you came from.
Rosamilia: Yeah, I guess,
yeah. I did say that didn't I?
Levine: Evanescence rip-off.
Rosamilia: *laughing* It
was supposed to be Hub with female vocals, that's what it was supposed
to be. Not what it turned into. But it turned into Spiro Agnew, so I can't
The Coffee House Sessions
(1997 - label: Mean Little Man Productions) [compact cassette only]
Technically, 'The Coffeehouse Sessions'
was a limited release demo (about 200 tapes). Chris Eissing played lead
guitar on a few tracks.
1. City Lights
2. C'mon Melinda
3. Always Something
4. Hello It's Me Again
5. My Girlfriend
6. Same Problem, New City
7. Somebody Died Tonight
8. Sister I Need Salvation
9. It's Me
10. Lipstick Candy
11. Rude Girl
12. Let Me Tell You 'Bout Heartbreak
13. At the Corner Round 9pm
14. Some Days it Fades
15. Where Do You Stay?
16. Auld Land Syne
Full Circle Swing (recorded
1998, released 2004 - label: Don Giovanni Records) [7'' vinyl only]
2. It's Nothing Like I Thought It
Low End Theory [incl.
The Low End Theory (14 December 1999
- label: Eulogy Recordings)
1. Ten Paces at a Time
2. Direction to Limitations
4. Landslide Perceptions
5. Celebrate Endings
Split (2000 - label: Ferret) [Ex
Number Five Vs. The Low End Theory]
[tracks 1-3 by Ex Number Five]
5. Station Nine
6. Four O'Clock Closure
Doing Bad Things To Good People (2002
- label: Devildance Records)
1. Alan Steel as Hercules
2. Nice Guy, Kin of a Lose
3. Polyester Sweat Factory
4. To Good Food and Bad Fathers
5. ... The Cause and Solution To
All Of Life's Problems
Killing Gift [incl.
Alex Rosamilia & Benny Horowitz]
Who Watches the Watchmen? (13 July
2004 - label: Immigrant Sun Records)
1. Self Medicated
3. One Sided Love
5. Where's the Goot?
6. Pardon Me
7. You Alone
8. We're No Pretty, But We're Pretty
10. Parking Lot Goodbye
Charming Man [incl.
In an interview with DimestoreSaints.com
(7 May 2010), Brian Fallon explained the transition from This Charming
Man into The Gaslight Anthem as follows:
This Charming Man kinda became The
Gaslight Anthem, one didn't break up and the other started, it sort of
melted into one another, all the guys in TCM quit the band or were fired,
and it was just me and Mike Volpe left, and when Benny came in with Alex
Levine it was like a new day and a new take, even the older songs sounded
different. We didn't so much form a new band as much as were just were
a different band and we realized we wanted to go in a different direction
(see Every Little Secret vs. Sink or Swim) so we felt that
in order to start over, we had to rename the band and start from scratch,
except we kept 1930, that was the only survivor. Then Mike left on his
own choice, and Alex Rosamilia came in and the rest is history. I'd say
we really hit our stride starting over during the writing of Sink or Swim.
The pressing numbers for the vinyl
release are: 333 on black vinyl, 667 on brown vinyl.
Every Little Secret (5 July
2005 - label: Xoxo; vinyl:
9 August 2011 - label: Suburban Home)
2. There Is a Thunder (Out in the
3. Sometime You Eat the Bar (Sometimes
the Bar Eats You)
4. Cut the Rope (Before It Hangs
5. Kiss Me, I'm a Pirate
6. Sweet Delta Blues
7. Untitled (demo) [vinyl only]
8. Untitled (demo) [vinyl only]
9. Untitled (demo) [vinyl only]
10. Untitled (demo) [vinyl only]
The original line up was:
Brian Fallon (guitar and vocals), Brian Rothenbeck (bass and vocals), John
Shuttler (guitar), Brendan Stephen (drums), Lynn Knolmayer (vocals and
back up), and is shown in the above artwork. Chad Gaynor joined on
drums after Brendan and Lynn left.
Brian Rothenbeck writes:
I have no idea how this band started.
Okay... let me at least try. I met Brian Fallon at the Timestill Cafe when
I was 15. We both went to the open mic and played songs there. I think
he was playing all original material and I was just playing whatever cover
song I felt like doing at the time. I had no idea how to write a song,
I'd only thrown some terrible teen-angsty lyrics over a G-C-D-Em progression
and called it "expressing myself." Anyways... I started playing with Tommy
DuHamel in Atomic Peter, and we recorded with Brian on his 4-track in Brendan's
garage. So then AP broke up for some reason, and Brian commandeered Brendan
and I to play for him. The only thing was, he didn't have a bassist, and
he was already playing guitar. I figured, "Hey, fuck it" and decided I
would play bass. John Schuettler was in Nutshell, who broke up, and then
he joined to play second guitar. Brian got his girlfriend to be an "Oi!
Girl" (yeah.. we were punk rock), and not to exclude Brendan's girlfriend,
had her do the same. We played a bunch of shows, recorded one tape in Brendan's
garage, and then Brendan's girlfriend left and Brendan followed. Oh young
love... Brian knew this guy Chad from Randolph who was a drummer, so he
got him to replace Brendan. And then everything changed. Chad wasn't into
the same music as us. While we were listening to the Queers and the Mr.
T Experience, he was listening to Sense Field and Shai Hulud and other
bands that started with the letter "S". Our style changed almost immediately.
We taught Chad the songs, but they didn't utilize his skills. He is an
AMAZING drummer. I can credit him as being my biggest influence in my drumming.
You can hear that a lot in Amping Copper. Anyways... It was a meeting of
minds between Chad and Johnny. They were into the same music, and could
write together amazingly. As Brian and my musical horizons expanded, we
all fell into step and began writing nonstop. We banged out two tapes and
then went to record a real CD! I had never been in a real studio beyond
the one at CCM where Mike Hemberger recorded us doing out old songs for
his music engineering project. To his credit, this guy was doing everything
analog. He didn't have Pro Tools or anything. The quality isn't worth the
amount we spent on recording it, but it was a great learning experience.
Surrogate McKenzie played a lot of shows in a lot of places, but I will
always remember Newark, Deleware as the place I quit the band. We were
putting together a show with Hot Water Music, (which they played without
me -- also featuring a band called Saves The Day) but I had been going
through a bad time in my life, and I just wasn't into it anymore. If I
could go back in time, I most certainly would have just stuck through it
all, but at 20 years old, I didn't have that kind of clarity. All in all,
through that band, I met a lot of friends both in an out of the music scene,
many of whom I still speak to. I have also stayed very good friends with
both Brian and Johnny. I haven't seen Chad in some years, but if I ever
do, I'd like to thank him for teaching me how to play drums just by watching.
Tom DuHamel adds:
Me and Brian Rothenbeck were in
a band called Atomic Peter. I think I was 15 or 16 and it was a punk/ska
band. One of the first times I met Fallon, he came to our first show and
recorded it. He recorded our band in our drummer's garage. Fallon
wanted to start a small record label at the time which he called 'Old 45
Records'. It was a good time. The original line-up for Surrogate
McKenzie was Atomic Peter's drummer and guitarist (Brian Rothenbeck). So
I guess that's the quick history of it.
Wadda Ya Know
Melt with You
Songs To Grow Up To
Letter to an Ex
It's a Book, I Read It
Life's Less Ordinary
Before You Leave
The Ballad of Jimmy & Maria
Mary, I Never Told You
After Midnight the Lights Just
track listing to be confirmed
The Six Degrees of Separation
Shoulda Tried Harder
Thoughts Keep Changing
To All My Friends Who Weren't There
All You Got
To You ...
Take Too Long
Brian Rothenbeck writes:
Amping Copper started when I met
Anthony Iarossi at the Port Murray group home in 2001. He was my coworker's
boyfriend, and after finding out that I was a musician, mentioned that
he played guitar and wanted to start a band. I was fresh off the first
incarnation of The Great Divorce and was eager to get back into music,
so I was happy to give it a shot. What I didn't realize was what an awesome
dude Anthony was. We started off with a bassist that he brought from work,
I think his name might be Adam. Don't quote me on that. So it was just
the three of us, and we couldn't write a song for shit. That was when I
decided to bring in the big gun: Brian Fallon. Brian was fresh off a stint
with Lanemeyer and wanted to get away from the pop punk world (though that
is the world that gave him his lovely wife - you can thank NJxPP for something).
Adam was fired because he really wasn't a very good bassist for what we
were trying to do (read: he played funk and mall metal exclusively). Enter
once again, gun-for-hire Chris Shann. Amping Copper basically turned into
Surrogate McKenzie v2.0, but we ended on a strong note. We all came out
of it better musicians, myself especially. No hard feelings were had, we
all still talk and are friends, and now Brian's a rock star.
Bogey On My Six
Coordinates and A Country Song
Past Participle, Present Tense
There She Blows
- Cincinnati Rail Tie
Brian decided to record a 'solo' EP, but wanted it to still have a band
look/feel to it. He called in a friend of his from Lanemeyer to play drums,
while another friend of his, Mike Hemberger, played bass, sang backups
and produced the EP, which was to be called The American Music EP,
though it appears to have been called You Grab Your Jacket. Brian's
old guitar teacher, Tim Fogerty, played guitar on two tracks, incl. a solo,
and Brian's mother sang backups. Brian did everything else. He got
some good feedback on the EP and then formed a band after the fact.
They only played together for a little while, and the people who played
live didn't play on the EP.
American Music EP [ aka: You Grab Your Jacket] 
Scene of the
Plan [aka: I Hope the Money Comes in Someday]
Look On The
recorded with Brian Fallon on vocals)
Brian played with Lanemeyer when
they toured with Lawrence Arms in 2000
on 'Punk Rock Strike: Punk Rock Strikes Back, Vol. 2' (2001 - label: Springman
Somebody to Shove (Soul Asylum cover)
(of Communication Redlight) with Brian Fallon
Tom and Brian performing 'Teras'
at the Court Tavern, 7 May 2010
Words and White Chalk
Walk The Line
to download, with Tom's permission, from Mediafire]
... and did you know ...
Brian Fallon's mother Debbie
was in a folk revival band in the late 1960s. They were called 'The Group
from The Daily Register, Red
many of these unreleased recording
are available via the Dimestore Saints' 'audio
rips master list'