I know this is the third week in a row of established bands (I will start to – hopefully – post more on lesser known bands), but, just like Paramore and The Killers, I just cannot get enough of Brand New.
Brand New may not be as mainstream as Paramore or The Killers, but Brand New is just as talented and established as those bands. (Though their second album Deja Entendu did appear on the Billboard 200 and did become certified gold in 2007.) Emerging in the punk/emo-rock scene in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Brand New brought what you’d expect from a band emerging in the punk/emo-rock scene: lyrics that resonate with the listener, a lack of “happy”/trivial songs, and a respect for a genre of music that was tainted by middle class youngsters wearing all black that claimed to represent “emo.”
Brand New creates music that they see fit and music that means something to them, and eventually something to their fans. There is no urge to appeal to demographics that don’t listen to them to increase their popularity, or make their wallets bigger – they just play because they want to play.
Brand New’s latest album, Daisy, was released in 2009 and has some eerie, but visceral songs throughout the album. There has been word since 2011 of a new album from Brand New, but alas there has been no official word of a release date, or if it is still progressing along. Nonetheless, check out songs from their albums: Your Favorite Weapon, Deja Entendu, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, and Daisy.