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Brand New @ The Hollywood Palladium 10/17/09

October 18, 2009

Written By: Darwin Green
(Senior Editor)

Photos Courtesy of Mehra Romezi @ AMehraB Photo

Walking into the Palladium, one gets the sense of arriving in some gigantic, Las Vegas bowling alley. With its sleek, retro interior and the cheesy patterns on the carpet, the hallway leading into the auditorium could, for an instant, confuse one into thinking that there are slot machines, poker tables, and bowling lanes around the next corner.

The auditorium floor, made entirely from thin strips of wood in a giant circle has the feel of bowling lane turned skating rink, and looking up, one sees the LED lighting shining against the expanding circular frames lining the ceiling. Between performances they even played bowling noises for the audience to confirm my suspicions, or at least to strengthen them. Would Siegfried and Roy suddenly appear on the stage set up in the front of the room? No, but Brand New would, eventually.

Brand New walked on after the opening acts, and without pausing, started into their performance. Before too long, and expectedly, the plaintive beginning chants of the song “You Won’t Know” gave way to screams of angst and anger. The audience immediately responded with a minor bout of crowd-surfers skimming the heads of the front section.

Jesse Lacey said very few words between songs. Although perfunctory, his voice sounded genuine and slightly sad, as though he didn’t quite believe the screams, cheers, and singing along coming from the audience belonged to him and the band.

Midway through the set he simply told the audience, “I’m going to play some new stuff.” This series of songs built up with the intensity of Tool and landed with scream-o/hardcore vocals worthy of bands such as Cannibal Corpse or Children of Bodom. Brand New took its time to make its transition from emo punk to borderline metal during the show, and by the time it happened the crowd surfers remained standing. The audience as a whole didn’t quite move as much as though tired from the amount of sheer energy exuded from the band. The same amount of cheers followed each song, reassuring, as it might have been, the band that it didn’t wipe the audience out.

Projections of animals, spiders, and other weird creatures accompanied the songs throughout the rest of the performance. It was as though Halloween had arrived at the Palladium two weeks early, and someone projected it behind the band. The lighting, amazing and expressionistic in its own right, provided the just the right eerie ambiance to give the songs yet another dark edge to them.

Jessie said at one point, and I paraphrase, “I want to thank everyone who listened to the record, everyone who bought the record and listened to it, everyone who downloaded the record off the Internet and listened to it, whether legally or illegally.” To which a girl from the audience screamed in reply, “I love you Jesse.” Brand New, it seems, has come to terms with some of their demos being released prematurely in 2006. Whatever Lacey’s fears about the audience’s reaction to hearing a song mid-creation it doesn’t seem to have affected their fans’ loyalty whatsoever.

The show ended with the song “Play Crack the Sky,” with Lacey solo on guitar. It’s a sad song about lost love and the heartbreak that follows, a song to cause any forlorn ex-lover to dive into reminiscences of the absent other. Some girl must have hurt Lacey, because the beauty of the song conveys the hurt and loss palpably. To end the show he simply walked offstage. The lights went up and some of the audience cheered for an encore, but the security guards started waving their flashlights to signal that it was time to leave.

Catch Brand New on tour – Check out CWG’s review of Daisy

Brand New – Daisy

September 28, 2009
brand new daisy

Written By: Ben Millikan

Label: DGC/Interscope – Rating:

In the digital age that we live in, with instant communication at our perpetual disposal by means of texting, Twitter, and Facespace, it’s somewhat of a remarkable feat that post-hardcore rock act, Brand New has, for all intents and purposes, remained a band shrouded in mystery.

You can follow them on Twitter, but its authenticity is dubious. They have official Facebook and Myspace accounts, but they are anomalously unadorned with few updates. Even their own website (which, prior to its current revamping, contained their previous album cover on a plain white background) had very little info on the band’s whereabouts or happenings. Although they may take caution in maintaining a low profile, it is in this sequestered environment that Brand New has put together another jaw-dropping album with their fourth full-length, “Daisy.”

Staying within the same dark mood that set the tone for their previous album, “Daisy” is every bit as abrasive and lyrically intense as “The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.” In fact, if the lyrics from “The Devil And God” revealed a glimpse into the spiritually distraught world of vocalist Jesse Lacey, then Daisy shows how that world is on the verge of totally breaking down. With recurring themes of death and loss, haunting images of fire and burning forests, and plenty of biblical undertones, it is evident that at least the Devil is still raging inside of Jesse. But it is his unabashed honesty that makes him and his thoughts so engaging.

The best example of this may be on “Noro,” the final track of the album where Jesse openly discusses the futility in continuing the spiritual battle that he feels he is losing: “Sitting duck, running out of luck / Our car’s stuck on the train crossing / How am I ever gonna know peace / How will I ever see Your light through the trees?” The thoughts that Jesse weaves into words have a haunting complexity to them that compels you to drop what you’re doing and analyze what he’s trying to say. The only thing that makes this task difficult and quite frustrating is that the album doesn’t contain any lyrics, forcing Brand New fans to duke it out on the message boards as to what Jesse is literally saying.

Taking their cue from Jesse, the rest of the band knows exactly when and how to interject themselves, matching the music with the intensity of the vocals and the force of the lyrics. Whether it be the chaotic fury of the opening track “Vices,” (an At The Drive In-meets-Nirvana number where the choppy riffs of guitarist Vinnie Accardi fight for noise supremacy against Jesse’s straining vocal chords and his feedback-induced microphone) or the more mellow tracks “Bed” and “You Stole”––Brand New has an unprecedented quality of being able to fuse harmonious moods of music and lyrics.

In a rare interview with Kerrang!, Jesse commented on the upcoming album by saying “We were thinking a lot more about what we’d want to play when we were up onstage rather than actually what you’d want to hear on a record.”

This may be a deterrent for some listeners, but it shouldn’t. “Daisy,” albeit brief, contains no shortage of creativity and innovation. It is by far Brand New’s most raw, straight-forward album to date, with a live feel that runs consistently throughout. Brand New brings to the fore a sort of reckless abandon to their playing that is at the same time quite controlled and beautifully captured. We still have to wait and see, but “Daisy” could very well be Brand New’s most definitive album to date––and if the rumors are true, quite possibly their last.

Like Brand New? Check Out: Manchester Orchestra, Thrice

Brand New Announce Acoustic Performances

September 21, 2009

With Brand New’s album, Daisy, hitting stores in just under one week the band has announced a string of special acoustic performances at independent retailers across the country.

Fans must purchase Daisy at one of the selected retail stores to receive a pass that will guarantee them access to the acoustic set. Pass distribution begins on 9/22, the day Daisy is released, but quantities will be limited to one pass per purchase.

Check the list below for a retailer closest to you, and make sure to visit for all the latest Brand New news.

October 6th at 4pm
6610 Delmar Blvd
University City, MO 63130
**Pass distribution begins on 9/22!**

October 16th at 4pm
1820 S. Bascom Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
**Pass distribution begins on 9/22!**

October 23rd at 4pm
4225 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
**Pass distribution begins on 9/22 at both Las Vegas ZIA locations**

October 30th at 4pm
1808 Lower Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
**Pass distribution begins on 9/22!**

November 9th at 4pm
6329 S. Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28217
**Pass distribution begins on 9/22 at both Manifest locations**

Brand New – Sowing Season (Yeah) [Live from Daisy Studio]

September 18, 2009

Brand New, who will release Daisy 9/22, are slowly starting to get fans amped up for their new album by releasing videos from the Daisy Studio Sessions.

With rehearsals and jam sessions being outside of the norm for Brand New the footage from the Daisy Studio Sessions becomes that much more special. “Sowing Season” has been stripped down, re-imagined and reinvented in this beautiful acoustic version.

Look for Daisy in stores 9/22 and for more information visit

Brand New Gear Up For New Album, "Daisy"

September 14, 2009

Brand New are gearing up for the release of their new full-length album, Daisy, out September 22nd, featuring the first single “At The Bottom.” The album, which promises to be another boundry breaking assault, is the follow-up to The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, an album that earned critical acclaim from SPIN, Blender, NY Times, LA Times and Billboard, among others.

With The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, and early works Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu already in the books of Brand New’s storied career; the band is set to take fans down another path with their defiant new album, Daisy. The new record features a collection of songs produced by longtime friend Mike Sapone and mixed by Dave Sardy (Rage Against the Machine, Cold War Kids, Slayer). Brand New continues to break the mold and, in true Brand New form, they delve into new musical territory that will astonish both critics and fans alike.

In support of their forthcoming album, the band will embark on an extensive tour across the United States culminating in an epic headlining performance at Nassau Coliseum on November 28th in Uniondale, NY. The band will be joined by a slew of distinguished guest artists they handpicked to share this special occasion with them, including a performance by friends and fellow Long Islanders Glassjaw. Other stops on the tour will also feature Manchester Orchestra, Thrice, and Crime In Stereo among others.

MySpace Music Exclusively Premieres New BRAND NEW Single “At The Bottom”

August 11, 2009

MySpace Music Exclusively Premieres New BRAND NEW Single “At The Bottom” Off Upcoming Album, “Daisy” – Out September 22nd 2009 on DGC/Interscope/Procrastinate Music Traitors

MySpace Music scored the exclusive premiere of alternative rockers Brand New’s brand new single off their upcoming 4th studio album Daisy due out September 22nd 2009 on DGC/Interscope/Procrastinate Music Traitors. Beginning today fans can listen to “At The Bottom” by visiting the band’s official MySpace Music profile at

Daisy features a collection of songs produced by longtime friend Mike Sapone and mixed by Dave Sardy (Rage Against the Machine, Cold War Kids, Slayer). Brand New continues to break the mold and in true Brand New form, they delve into new musical territory that will excite both critics and fans.

You can also catch the band live this fall during their headlining tour of North America in support of Daisy. The coast to coast trek kicks off on October 1st in Cleveland, OH. Check out their tour schedule HERE.