If asked to condense Brand New’s career into one word, that word would be “reactive.” From the title of their second album, Deja Entendu, translating to “already heard” to the abrasive, pedal-infused guitars that dominate their fourth album, Daisy, Brand New have always been a band known to react to critics, fans, and perhaps most importantly, themselves.
For many readers of AbsolutePunk.net (R.I.P.) and now this site, August 17th was a day eight years in the making. It started in typical Brand New fashion with fans receiving cryptic packages in the mail, sparking internet confusion and excitement. This time, however, that package contained the band’s fifth (and presumably final) album, Science Fiction – a fitting goodbye to fans who waited just as long for lyric booklets, let alone a new album. After all, frontman Jesse Lacey has been uncommonly direct about the band’s whereabouts this past year, announcing things like, “We’re done,” at shows, selling shirts predicting the band’s end (2000 – 2018) and even ribbing the band’s bad habits on standalone single “I Am a Nightmare” (“I’m not a prophecy come true/I’ve just been goddamn mean to you”).
Hits Daily Double is projecting Brand New’s Science Fiction to do around 60k in its first week. If that holds, the album will open at number one:
Our projection, based on limited info, is 56-61k SPS, 55-60k album.
Brand New’s new album, Science Fiction, is now on Apple Music. It’s not on Spotify yet, but when it is, it’ll be here.
The standard pre-orders for Brand New’s new album Science Fiction on vinyl are now up. The CD and digital downloads are also available for purchase. You’ll find the artwork and track listing below. If you pre-ordered yesterday, check your email, a digital download has been sent: the album is out!
This morning mysterious packages started showing up in Brand New fans’ mailboxes. They come with photos, some quotes from some movies, and a CD. The CD has been confirmed to contain new music on it.
I’ll update this post with more information throughout the day as more is discovered, but if you want up to the minute updates on everything, this forum thread is a great resource.
Brand New’s fifth album will be shipping on a very limited vinyl in October. Pre-orders were up here. They’ve also announced some new tour dates for this fall.
Brand New have announced they’ll be playing The Warfield on September 11th. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.
Brand New will be playing the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans this October.
The lineup for this year’s High and Low Festival has been announced. Brand New and Death Cab for Cutie are headlining and the rest of the lineup is below. The festival takes place on September 9th in San Bernardino, CA.
It was one year ago today that Brand New released “I Am a Nightmare.” Remember when we were young and naive and thought an album was coming soon?
Sorority Noise have shared their cover of Brand New’s “Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis.” You can stream that below.
An intern at a studio bragged to his friend that Brand New has six weeks of studio time booked in Nashville this February, and of course said friend published it on Reddit.
For what it’s worth: I haven’t even heard a “no comment” in response to asking about this, but I read it on the internet, so it’s gotta be true.
Brand New have put their tour merch up in their store.
In 2006, Brand New were a band known mostly for their work as one of the Long Island based pop-punk bands that managed to make it to a national stage. They were winding down from the success of their 2003 sophomore record Deja Entendu, an album that saw the band eschew the pop-punk tag in favor of more complex and dynamic songwriting, in addition to exploring more introspective themes than their contemporaries.
The sonic shift experienced between those first two records was nothing, however, when compared to the shift between the second and third. Complications arose in January of 2006 when nine demos leaked. This leak stalled the band’s creative process, further delaying their third LP. Though the band was vocal in their disappointment about these songs making it to the internet, it may have been for the best. And then, on November 21st, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me was unleashed onto the world. I think it’s fair to say that most of the people who have listened to the record have found themselves greatly affected by it. Why is that? I can only really answer by explaining my experience.
Alt Press talked with Nicholas Prior, the photographer behind Brand New’s The Devil and God… artwork, to discuss the photo ten years later:
I don’t know specifically how the band first came to see the image. The band presumably first saw the image at my solo show at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City. I assume there was one person who made the first suggestion to use it, though, and I don’t know who that person is. The band didn’t reach out to me directly; rather, Interscope Records (Universal Music Group) contacted my gallery, so there were several intermediaries involved. Originally, when Yossi first told me about the offer—and before I even knew which band was behind the request—I declined. The band was very committed to this image, though, which meant something to me, so I asked a few more questions—chiefly, about which band was behind the request, and their intended treatment of the image. Interscope sent me an advanced copy of the album, and listening to it clearly sealed the deal. I agreed to cropping the image to a square, but I didn’t want any text on the cover which, I think, makes the cover much more compelling and intriguing—though it did seem to confuse David Letterman.
Mike Sapone has posted up an old video clip on Instagram of Brand New recording “Handcuffs.”
Brand New covered Julien Baker’s “Sprained Ankle” at their show last night. A fan-shot video has been uploaded to YouTube.
A bootleg of Brand New’s recent show in Milwaukee is up on YouTube.
Brand New have released some “The Devil and God” themed masks in time for Halloween. They’re $40, come with a t-shirt, and up for order.
The latest episode of The Sound and the Story podcast is all about Brand New’s The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me.