Brand New
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Your Favorite Weapon (2000), 5.5/10
Deja Entendu (2003), 6/10
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (2006), 6.5/10
Daisy (2009), 6/10
Science Fiction (2017), 5/10

Brand New, formed in New York by vocalist and songwriter Jesse Lacey, drummer Brian Lane, guitarist Vincent Accardi and bassist Garrett Tierney, debuted with a relatively straightforward angst-ridden emo effort, Your Favorite Weapon (Triple Crown, 2000), containing Jude Law and a Semester Abroad and other melodic rants.

However, Deja Entendu (Razor & Tie, 2003), containing Este Man's The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows and Sic Transit Gloria, greatly expanded the stylistic range (from hard-rock to roots-rock to power-pop) and greatly improved the overall sound quality, while maintaining the amount of introspection required by emo music.

The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (Interscope, 2006) contains more anthems in the old manner, such as Sowing Season and especially The Archers Bows Have Broken, but also compositions of complex dynamics such as Degausser and especially the eight-minute dirge Limousine as well as the elegy Handcuffs. The sonic quality is worthy of Pink Floyd, and guitarist Accardi especially shines as an atmospheric soundpainter. It is not a coincidence that this is an emo group capable of haunting instrumentals, such as Welcome to Bangkok and Untitled. Few bands have changed so dramatically in the course of just three albums. The lyrics still classify it as emo though: the production sleekness couldn't be more antithetic to the pessimistic themes of the lyrics and the agonizing quality of the vocals.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Cristina Carriere)

I Brand New, formati a New York dal cantante e paroliere Jesse Lacey, il bassista Brian Lane, il chitarrista Vincent Accardi e il bassista Garret Tierney, debuttarono con un’opera emo rabbiosa e relativamente elementare, Your Favourite Weapon (Triple Crown, 2000), che conteneva Jude Law e A semester Abroad e altri lamenti melodici.

Ma Deja Entendu (Razor & Tie, 2003), con The Quiet Things That no one ever knows di Este Man e Sic transit gloria, ha ampliato grandemente la gamma di stili (da hard-rock a roots-rock a power-pop) e migliorato alquanto la qualità generale del suono, mantenendo comunque quella certa introspezione richiesta dalla musica emo.

The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (Interscope, 2006) contiene più inni alla vecchia maniera, come Sowing Season e soprattutto The archers brows have broken, ma anche composizioni dalla dinamica complessa come Degausser e in particolare la dirge di 8 minuti Limousine e l’elegia Handcuffs. La qualità del suono è degna dei Pink Floyd, e il chitarrista Accardi spicca come pittore di atmosfere sonore. Non è una coincidenza che questo sia un gruppo emo capace di pezzi strumentali evocativi, come Welcome to Bangkok e Untitled. Poche band sono cambiate così drammaticamente nel giro di soli tre album. I testi però li classificano ancora come emo: la delicatezza della produzione non potrebbe essere più antitetica ai temi pessimisti delle liriche e al tono agonizzante della voce del cantante.

Daisy (2009) abandoned their cliches for an explosive and abrasive sound, more in line with the style of Steve Albini's bands and post-hardcore in general, a program best implemented in the loud, screamed, discordant noise-rock of Vices and especially Sink, songs that pack crushing riffs and seismic drumming. Halfway towards those peaks of tension are moody songs like In a Jar and Noro (with the best guitar noise), which are dark and noisy but also contain pensive moments. On the other hand, At the Bottom and Daisy sound like leftovers from The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.

After a long hiatus, they returned with Science Fiction (2017).

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