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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I need some brand new Brand New

"Tuned Into Pop Culture" guest contributor Nick Carrabine is a News-Herald staff writer.

One of my favorite bands, Brand New, are prepping their fourth release, Daisy, which will hit shelves on Sept. 22.

To say I am ecstatic for this release would be an extreme understatement.

It was one of my most anticipated albums for this year back in January.

What makes Brand New one of my favorite bands is they have never made the same album twice. Their first record, Your Favorite Weapon (2001) was a pop rock album, their second release, Deja Entendu (2003) was a slower, deeper and more mellow album which after hearing it for the first time I actually checked the liner notes to see if the members in the band were the same (they were).

Their third release, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (2006), was very dark as the band explained they went to 13 funerals of friends and family members during the writing and recording process. The album was also heavily influenced by the death of a 7-year-old girl who was decapitated by a drunk driver on the day of her aunt’s wedding. The incident happened a mile away from lead singer Jesse Lacey’s house. Many of the songs on the album, especially “Limousine,” are directly about the tragedy.

The band’s last two albums were met with critical acclaim and increasing commercial success despite the bands disinterest in filming music videos, taking long breaks between albums, and practically ignoring crowds during concerts.

Lacey describes Daisy as “exhausting” and goes in directions where people wouldn’t expect them to go.

He also said the record deals with something coming to a close and he specifically said he doesn't know how much more the band has in them and the band’s ride could be coming to an end. While I don’t believe the band will break-up, it would be one of the more depressing days for me if they did.

I suggest you familiarize yourself with the band below:


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