The Gaslight Anthem pay tribute to the greatness that is vinyl with their new documentary, Every Word Handwritten, which premieres today courtesy of Rolling Stone.
The 15-minute short film marks the cowriting and film production debut of drummer Benny Horowitz, who worked with filmmaker Kevin Slack to expand upon the concept seen in Gaslight's music video for "Handwritten."
Horowitz explains that his inspiration came about while in London, when he was struck with "this idea about the story of the record, things that would happen to it." After sending it over to the rest of the band and receiving approval, Horowitz and Slack began to pen the script. The result is a film that tracks a single record's journey throughout different generations, highlighting the impact it plays on each.
"It's a big thing for us," Horowitz says of physical music. "I fell in love with music when there was no digital music. And I'm still in love with music when the entire format of the industry changed. It is an interesting thing to be a music fan and go through those waves."
Horowitz isn't the only GA member who got their hands dirty during the film's creation, though. Guitarist Alex Rosamilia teamed up with pal Wes Kleinknecht to create the score. "I like that it keeps the movie more inside of the band," Horowitz says. "Alex is an extremely talented kid [who] when given opportunities, can do cool things with them. I really wanted him to at least give it a try and it ended up being awesome."
Check out the film above, and be on the lookout for more Horowitz film endeavors, as the drummer has noted, "It's definitely something I'm really interested in moving forward."