Music / Brand New
Brand New are an Alternative Rock
band from Long Island, New York. The band was founded in 2000 and has released five studio albums. Their style is a mixture of Alt Rock, Emo Music
, Pop Punk
, and Post-Hardcore
The band plan to call it quits in 2018.Their lineup consists of:
Their discography includes:
- Jesse Lacey- vocals, guitar
- Vincent Accardi- lead guitar, backing vocals
- Brian Lane- drums
- Garrett Tierney- bass
- Derrick Sherman- keyboards, guitar, backing vocals
- Your Favorite Weapon (2001)
- Deja Entendu (2003)
- The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (2006)
- Daisy (2009)
- Leaked Demos 2006 (leaked in 2006, officially released in 2015)
- Science Fiction (2017)
This band leaks examples of:
- Band Name Drop: Twice!
- In "Mixtape"...
And I'm sick of your tattoos, and the way you don't appreciate Brand New or me
- ...and in "Same Logic/Teeth".
And you’ve got your kind of Brand New face on
- Biblical Motifs: Unsurprisingly, they are practically omnipresent on The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.
- Book Ends: Daisy opens and ends with the gospel hymn "On Life's Highway" by writer Bertrand Brown.
- Break Up Song: Most of Your Favorite Weapon.
- And the entirety of "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot."
- Both "Degausser" and "Not The Sun".
- "Seventy Times 7" is a particularly spiteful "between friends" version.
- Bilingual Bonus: Deja Entendu is French for 'already heard'. A joke about how they said they don't want to make the most original music, just good music. It's also called this because the entire album is a biting, critical Deconstruction of rock cliches both past and present.
- B.S.O.D. Song: The brief instrumental interlude off The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me qualifies, as evidenced by the way that vocal manipulation is used to distort the singer's voice into a sound of sheer despondency.
- Call-Back: The ending of "In the Water" off of 2017's Science Fiction uses the same sample of a pastor introducing a hymn that was used in "Daisy" from 2009's Daisy. In addition, the sample is cut off with the words "seven years", repeated seven times - the number seven being an Arc Number from "Limousine", off of Devil & God.
- Careful with That Axe: "Luca" is a particularly alarming instance.
- Used a little more widely through Daisy, but mostly in backing vocals, with the exception of "Vices".
- ...and then turned Up to 11 on Science Fiction, most strikingly in the chorus to "Same Logic/Teeth".
- The Cover Changes the Meaning: "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" is often extended by a verse from Coldplay's "Yellow", turning the latter from an otherwise lighthearted love ballad into something a little more bittersweet.
- Creepy Children Singing: "Degausser".
- Darker and Edgier: A career-long shift, from the relatively upbeat-sounding relationship songs of Your Favorite Weapon to the emo-tinged Deja Entendu to The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me which was their darkest yet. Then, Daisy was released and it took this even further, albeit in a different way (The Devil and God was raw, heavy, and angry, while Daisy is lighter, but even creepier).
- Dark Reprise: Recent live performances of "You Won't Know" regularly conclude with aggressive sonic breakdowns that are preceded by Lacey singing the refrain to "Tautou" ("I'm sinking like a stone in the sea, I'm burning like a bridge for your body") overtop the instrumentation. The effect of this is that the lyrics take on a distinctly more obsessive, despairing bent.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The song "Magazines" is a bit of this.
- Deconstruction: On almost all of its tracks, Deja Entendu deconstructs several different rock music cliches by taking all of the glamour out of them and exposing them for what they really are. This theme of applying real world logic to these age-old cliches permeates the album. A few of the biggest examples are as follows:
- "Sic Transit Gloria": A Sex as Rite-of-Passage song that portrays the much-heralded loss of virginity as anything but glamorous.
- "I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light": A look at the less exciting parts of the life of being a rock musician and how it can take its toll on a person.
- "Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't": A song in which Jesse Lacey basically outlines every single message that rock musicians sing about while both subtly tearing them down and acknowledging that he plays a part in these messages.
- "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows": An Anti-Love Song about how storybook romances don't exist and that romances that seem like storybook romances can end in boredom and sadness.
- "The Boy Who Blocks His Own Shot": A track that depicts the sort of self-loathing, lachrymose male narrator that stars in many breakup songs as a passive-aggressive and manipulative figure that resigns himself to harming the object of his feelings.
- "Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis": a skin-crawling Intercourse with You that portrays the act of picking up women that rock music so often glamorizes as empty, creepy and manipulative.
- Despair Event Horizon: Frequent in the band's catalog, though "Noro" is probably the most notable instance.
- "137" from Science Fiction takes it to disturbing new heights.
Let's all go play Nagasaki
We can all get vaporized
Hold my hand, let's turn to ash
I'll see you on the other side
- Epic Rocking: Each of their albums, with the exception of Your Favorite Weapon contain one track that passes the 6 minute mark.
- Deja Entendu has "Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die" clocking in at 7 minutes.
- The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. "Limousine", 6:58 seconds.
- The closing track on Daisy "Noro", which has a duration of 6:27.
- The Leaked Demos from 2006 have "Nobody Moves", lasting 6:59.
- Live performances of the untitled track off The Devil And God, as well as most recent performances of "You Won't Know" regularly exceed the 10 minute mark.
- Science Fiction goes big on the epic rockers, with THREE songs passing the 6:00 mark - opener "Lit Me Up" at 6:16, "In the Water" at 6:52 and closing track "Batter Up" clocking in as the band's longest studio recording at a whopping 8:27.
- Fading into the Next Song: "Sowing Season" into "Millstone" on The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Applies to certain lines rather than to the band's discography as a whole, but frequent disputes among the band's fanbase have emerged concerning the exact words being sung on certain songs (the chorus of "Degausser" or even the entirety of the "Untitled" track are particular instances of this). Not helping matters is the fact that Jesse Lacey seems to arbitrarily substitute and alter these sorts of lines during performances.
- Kill 'em All: On Your Favorite Weapon Jesse really hopes that, well, nearly everybody mentioned dies in some horrible fashion.
- Last Note Nightmare: Employed at several different points on The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.
- Long Title: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.
- Most of the tracks on Deja Entendu, the longest being "Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die".
- Murder Ballad: "Luca", which describes a mafia execution and is a Shout-Out to The Godfather.
- Mood Whiplash: Jesus Christ, Luca.
: "this song put me to sleep - then it woke me up."
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Their lighter songs are, usually, in the 5 range, whereas their heavier tracks such as "Noro" or "Limousine" go all the way up to a 9, and while not as explicit as most songs at the same level, the nuclear death wish of "137" can arguably hit a 10.
- New Sound Album: The band's sound tends to shift from album to album. To recap.
- Your Favorite Weapon is a pretty straightforward pop-punk album, dominated by power chords.
- Their follow up Deja Entendu was much closer to post-hardcore emo, and the lyrics are more derivative of bands like The Smiths. Additionally, acoustic guitars are much more prominent.
- The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me went a much harsher and angrier route sonically, featuring an abrasive mix of emo, post-hardcore, screamo, indie folk, and art rock.
- Daisy distills it's predecessor's screamo and art rock aspects, and it's songs feature a lot of abrupt dynamic shifts.
- Science Fiction is mostly a mix of Devil & God and Daisy, but still manages to carve out it's own sound to stand out from it's predecessors, interweaving harsh and heavy distortion and noise with calm, bluesy, Nick Drake-esque acoustic guitars.
- Ode to Youth: "Soco Amaretto Lime"
- One-Woman Song: "Tautou"
- Purple Prose - Jesse's preferred lyrical style. It's a wonder how he can fit some of these lines to music.
- Rule of Symbolism: The refrain of "Limousine" is sung several times, with each successive instance featuring a count upward until it reaches the number 7, representing both the age at which the song's subject died at, as well as the seven deadly sins.
- The seven symbolism returns at the end of "In the Water", with the words "seven years" repeated seven times.
- Sex as Rite-of-Passage: "Sic Transit Gloria" is a darker take on this.
- Studio Chatter: "Soco Amaretto Lime" has "one, two, three, four," in the beginning, albeit very, very faintly.
- Jesse can be heard saying "yeah, that's right" and starting the countdown at the beginning of "Play Crack the Sky." You can also clearly hear him put down his guitar and walk away at the end of the song.
- Take That!: Your Favorite Weapon is full of shots against John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday, Jesse's former band. The most notable instances of this trope come from "Seventy Times 7" and "Mixtape".