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The long awaited 5th album of this nostalgic psychoanalytic quartet arrived on 17 August this year. The cross platform advertising you normally see across social media for a album release was virtually non existent with these guys, bringing a reminiscent feeling to this long awaited release. It truly felt like the days in the late 90’s and early 00’s where you would read about a album release in a music magazine and wate patiently for a pre-sale release where you would send away or call to order or struggle with the suspense of waiting for the album to drop in-stores. This sense of nostalgia was surely there to amplify the the excitement experienced by long time Brand New fans who have been waiting 7 years for a new release.
If you have not heard of Brand New, it’s probably best to start with Science Fiction and work your way back through their previous albums. Originally considered a more apathetic or emo ensemble led by vocalist and songwriter Jesse Lacey the band grew from there first two albums, Your Favourite Weapon and Deja Entendu into an old rock sound exploring the darker side of the human experience and faith. After first gaining acclaim from the album Deja Entendu 2003, featuring well known track such as ‘Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades’ they soon released their follow up album The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me in 2006 that was greatly accepted by their fan base and further grew their following. Daisy was the final full length album the band produced and released in 2009 before going underground until August this year, featuring a darker landscape than their previous albums with beautifully crafted lyrics.
This brings us to Science Fiction. This greatly anticipated album inspired mixed feeling throughout their fan base who have been long waiting for its release. Lyrically the album doesn't disappoint, however, overall the feel is much more upbeat than Daisy with a somewhat more positive reflection of a state of mind. The album still features the old Brand New signature sound with only a slight deviation or evolution which can be most obviously heard in ‘Waste’ and ‘Can’t Get It Out’ whereas a new annex of the same sound can be heard in ‘Can Never Be Heaven Without You’. The album could be described as a logical sequel to Daisy and The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, catering to their already established fan base and sound though cleverly evolved for its time and place and relevance to age of both the audience and Lacey himself.