It’s been so long since The Gaslight Anthem released their nostalgia-fest heartland-punk album The ’59 Sound that the LP itself has become a source of nostalgia, with the New Jersey outfit touring in support of its tenth anniversary back in 2018. In fact the last album we’ve heard from the band, 2014’s Get Hurt, is on the verge of its own tenth anniversary, with frontman Brian Fallon shifting to a series of solo albums in the interim.
But that hiatus comes to an end today with the release of the group’s first song in nine years, the loose single “Positive Charge.” Sounding, well, positively re-charged after the long absence, the upbeat anthem is a promising indication of the band’s future while encouraging the listener to feel good about their own. “‘Positive Charge’ began as a message of joy to ourselves and to our audience,” Fallon shared in a press statement. “The central theme is about looking at the things you’ve come through and feeling like you want to go ahead with an open heart toward the future, believing that the best years are not behind any of us and the good we have is worth something.”
Check out a visualizer for the track below, and catch the band on their summer US tour at the dates listed on their website.