If you’re a fan of intelligent, thought-provoking rock music, listen up! Brand New have just released their fifth album with no warning, and it’s something special yet again. All of Brand New’s albums are atmospheric treks through a beautiful, yet unsettling musical soundscape, with lyrics to match, and this is no different.
In contrast to their name, this is likely to be their last album, with it being regularly stated that 2018 will be the band’s last year of existence. It’s been a rather barren few years in terms of Brand New releases, but, in typical fashion, they have released their new album suddenly without any warning; and what a closing album it is!
The record shows Brand New’s musical style at it’s best, blending quiet and melancholy with loud and angry, defined perfectly by one of the best tracks on the album in ‘Same Logic/Teeth’. Jesse Lacey’s songwriting is just as introspective, yet mournful as ever, particularly on second track ‘Can’t Get It Out’, singing ‘I’m just a manic depressive/Toting around my own crown/I’ve got a positive message/Sometimes I can’t get it out’ in the last chorus. Seemingly, he is writing from the perspective of someone at the end of their career, looking back at his time as a member of Brand New. Another song that seemingly looks this way is the eerily beautiful ‘In The Water’, with even more reflective lyrics.
There are obviously other things that make this album great, like the fantastic bass groove of ‘Desert’, the incredible guitar in ‘Out Of Mana’, and the creepy interludes that underpin the atmosphere of the album, but if I was to sit here dissecting the album I’d be here all week. So all I’m going to say is, listen to this album. If you like it, buy it, and support the band in its last year of existence. Brand New, your time in the rock world has been special. If 2018 truly is your last year, you will be missed.
Best songs: Can’t Get It Out, Out Of Mana, Same Logic/Teeth