You might not know it, but once upon a time Goo Goo Dolls were a swaggering, staggering, scrappy rock band trying to slash their way out of Buffalo. Cult favorites, especially for those looking for an underdog replacement for The Replacements, but not even a blip on the mainstream until they slowed it down for the undeniable, inclusionary smash "Name."
The new Gaslight Anthem single is a moodier animal, but it's a similar sort of song that makes damn sure you know the goal isn't to be Bruce Springsteen's favorite young punk/rock band from NJ, but to rule the world. "Get Hurt" wears a bruised heart on its sleeve and meets the pop world halfway — imagine a hydra consisting of "Waiting For A Girl Like You", "Careless Whisper" and the Springsteen ballad of your choice — while still maintaining some ragged edges around this moody ballad. The video even features some dancing, but don't get too nervous: Gaslight leaves that to the patrons who find spiritual release as the band just focuses on doing their thing.