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Brian Fallon has unveiled the first official single, “Forget Me Not,” from his much-anticipated new solo album, SLEEPWALKERS, due out February 9 via Island Records. The ‘60s pop-inspired track was released today and is available now on all DSPs. Fans can pre-order a physical copy of SLEEPWALKERS beginning this afternoon only at the Official Brian Fallon Store, with all fan pre-orders receiving exclusive pre-sale access to Fallon’s upcoming 2018 North American tour.
“I was thinking how every song doesn’t have to be so serious,” Fallon says. “It can just be fun. It can just be a song that I would want to play live. ‘Forgot Me Not’ came out in just a couple of minutes and actually ended up being pretty serious – it seems my subconscious had other plans.”
Fallon – accompanied by his high-energy backing band, The Howling Weather – will celebrate the announcement of SLEEPWALKERS with a sold out pair of limited capacity live dates, slated for New York City’s Public Arts on Wednesday, November 1st and Los Angeles’ Hotel Café on November 9th. As noted, Fallon has also announced plans for a major North American tour, set to get underway March 27th at Terminal West in Atlanta and then continue through late May. Fan pre-sales begin Tuesday, October 31st, all remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Friday, November 3rd. As if that weren’t enough, Fallon and The Howling Weather recently unveiled their 2018 European headline tour, supported by special guest Dave Hause and scheduled for stops in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Ireland through February and March. The full itinerary is below. For complete details and ticket information, please visit thebrianfallon.tumblr.com/live.
SLEEPWALKERS sees Brian Fallon once again pushing timeless rock ‘n’ roll into the modern era, recasting British Invasion rock, first generation UK punk, and American pop and soul into a near irresistible sound he’s dubbed – with a nod and a wink towards The Who – as “Heavy R&B.” Recorded earlier this year at New Orleans’ Parlor Recording Studio with producer Ted Hutt – the man behind the board for The Gaslight Anthem’s 2008 breakthrough, THE ’59 SOUND – the album is yet another sterling example of Fallon’s always adventurous artistry, this time fueled by the New Jersey-based tunesmith’s interest in the Vox Continental, the distinctive organ used by favorite artists spanning The Animals and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to The Specials and Elvis Costello and the Attractions. As emotionally powerful as it is musically exultant, SLEEPWALKERS is Brian Fallon at the very top of his game, now as ever pushing and kicking the rock ‘n’ soul sounds he grew up on into the future.
Known far and wide as singer/guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, as well as such outfits as The Horrible Crowes and Molly & The Zombies, Fallon made his solo debut with 2015’s masterful PAINKILLERS. The album – which includes the hit singles, “A Wonderful Life” and “Painkillers” – drew widespread critical applause upon its release, with Entertainment Weekly acclaiming Fallon as “a first-rate songwriter with a dozen tunes that wax philosophical about love and the human condition – the dude’s like a modern day Nietzsche with a sleeve tattoo.”