Daisy by Brand New on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brand New write many of their songs on acoustic guitar, but it’s hard to imagine “Vices” stripped down because it sounds like singer Jesse Lacey is screaming for his mortal soul as demons drag him howling through the gates of hell. Conversely, the hushed and somber “Bed” is conducive to some romantic strumming around the campfire. “At the Bottom” plays like tougher Northwest indie rock with loud guitars and Lacey affecting a Built To Spill-inspired, nasal-toned inflection. The influences shift to early-‘90s English shoegazing on the lush and lilting “You Stole,” as reverb and delay splash beautifully dark and cold hues all over the guitars, while Lacey approximates the whisper-sung style that was prevalent in bands like Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive; halfway through the song the bridge erupts with a sonic wall of noise not unlike Nowhere-era Ride. While some may long for more of Brand New’s louder side, true fans will delight in hearing the band keep to their namesake by trying something that for them sounds brand new.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brand New write many of their songs on acoustic guitar, but it’s hard to imagine “Vices” stripped down because it sounds like singer Jesse Lacey is screaming for his mortal soul as demons drag him howling through the gates of hell. Conversely, the hushed and somber “Bed” is conducive to some romantic strumming around the campfire. “At the Bottom” plays like tougher Northwest indie rock with loud guitars and Lacey affecting a Built To Spill-inspired, nasal-toned inflection. The influences shift to early-‘90s English shoegazing on the lush and lilting “You Stole,” as reverb and delay splash beautifully dark and cold hues all over the guitars, while Lacey approximates the whisper-sung style that was prevalent in bands like Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive; halfway through the song the bridge erupts with a sonic wall of noise not unlike Nowhere-era Ride. While some may long for more of Brand New’s louder side, true fans will delight in hearing the band keep to their namesake by trying something that for them sounds brand new.

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About Brand New

Although the members of Brand New cut their teeth in various hardcore bands, the group took a more melodic approach to its own work, embracing punk-pop on the debut album Your Favorite Weapon and incorporating aspects of indie rock during future projects. Formed in Long Island, New York, the band took shape in 2000 around the talents of drummer Brian Lane, vocalist/guitarist Jesse Lacey, bassist Garrett Tierney, and guitarist Vin Accardi. Brand New wasted little time attracting local attention with a self-released demo, and shows alongside Midtown and Glassjaw helped spread the band's buzz outside of New York. In 2001, the musicians issued their first record, Your Favorite Weapon, which featured production from friend Mike Sapone. Lacey's clever and cutting lyrics sprinkled the album, which produced the semi-hit "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad," and more touring with the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Finch followed.

Proving to be more than just another punk-pop outfit, the group made something of a stylistic leap with Deja Entendu, a decidedly matured follow-up that was recorded with Steve Haigler (Pixies, Blake Babies) and released in summer 2003 to warm reviews. Music videos for "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" and "Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades" found significant airplay on MTV, and Brand New graduated to larger venues by playing with New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Dashboard Confessional, and blink-182. By that fall, as the band's underground following continued growing into a mainstream audience, Brand New inked a deal with Dreamworks, which later led to a partnership with Interscope following the former label's buyout.

Touring eventually slowed to a halt as Brand New holed themselves up to work on their third album and major-label debut. After an extended quiet spell -- little to no interviews or updates came from the band's camp for quite some time -- Brand New finally emerged in summer 2006 for several headlining dates in America, their first nationwide tour in three years. The highly anticipated The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me appeared in November 2006. Though significantly darker and less immediate than past efforts, the album was commended for its depth and maturity, and the band supported it with a sold-out spring 2007 tour. Meanwhile, sales for Deja Entendu continued to trickle in, and the album went gold that May. Brand New set to work on another album one year later, once again teaming with producer Mike Sapone on the new material. The resulting record, Daisy, was issued in 2009, and the band took a different approach by focusing nearly all of its promotional abilities on European audiences instead of American fans.

A deluxe version of Your Favorite Weapon was released in 2011. Over the next several years Brand New performed sporadically, with members dedicating time to side projects, fueling rumors of a possible band breakup. After what ended up being somewhat of a hiatus, they began issuing a handful of new singles in 2016 and finally, in the summer of 2017, returned with their fifth album, Science Fiction. Appearing eight years after their previous album, Science Fiction was an overwhelming success and became Brand New's first release to top the Billboard charts. ~ Kenyon Hopkin

  • ORIGIN
    Merrick, NY
  • FORMED
    2000

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