Music / Brand New

Brand New are an Alternative Rock band from Long Island, New York. The band was founded in 2000 and has released four studio albums. Their style is a mixture of Alt Rock, Emo Music, Pop Punk, and Post-Hardcore.

Their lineup consists of:

  • Jesse Lacey- vocals, guitar
  • Vincent Accardi- lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Brian Lane- drums
  • Garrett Tierney- bass
  • Derrick Sherman- keyboards, guitar, backing vocals

Their discography includes:

  • Your Favorite Weapon (2001)
  • Deja Entendu (2003)
  • The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (2006)
  • Daisy (2009)

This band leaks examples of:

  • Bookends: 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."
    • "Degausser"
    • "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.
  • Careful with That Axe: "Luca" is a particularly alarming instance.
  • 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).
  • 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.
    • "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.
  • 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.
    • And finally, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    YouTube commenter: "this song put me to sleep - then it woke me up."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Real Soon Now: The band says that they've been working on new music for a while now, but in the almost eight years since the release of Daisy, there have still been no official announcements of new releases.
    • Until April 13, 2015, when the single Mene was released seemingly out of thin air.
    • Flash forward to May 2016, and a new single "I Am a Nightmare" is released. A new album was confirmed to drop at some point in 2016, but has since been pushed back, presumably to 2017.
  • 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".