I like all of these bands a good deal, but the truth is the truth, and I an inclined to report it. Whether accidental or intentional, the melodies used in these three songs is questionably similar, and makes one wonder who thought of them first.
The songs in question are “Plea from a Cat Named Virtute” by the Weakerthans, “Pastures” by We The They, and “The Spirit of Jazz” by the Gaslight Anthem. While the songs differ substantially in terms of musicality, the melody in the verse of “Pastures and “The Spirit of Jazz” is almost identical, while the guitar line from “Plea” is super similar to the Gaslight Anthem’s new song as well.
I’m not saying that musical aping is a bad thing, but I want the world to see it in action. The Weakerthans and We the They beat Gaslight in release by something like four years, so my vote is in favor of them in terms of originality. But it’s up to you to decide, because all three songs are great. Who knows, the melodies are probably from some mountain folk tune anyway (read: Every song is a mountain folk song. Ask Bob Dylan…)