“It is difficult for me to understand the fact that so many people come out to see us. We try to maintain a perspective about who we are, what we do and are always thankful for what we have. We try to keep a positive attitude because it is hard.”
This is what Jesse Lacey, the founder of Brand New said a few years back in an interview. The answer to the first part of his quote obviously lies in the kind of music they play. It is as powerful as it is diverse and that is what attracts so many people to their concerts.
Brand New are not emo music’s new kids on the block. They have been doing their thing since the turn of the century and by the looks of it, they are not done surprising people yet. They are out touring and this is your chance to see them in their element. Get your Brand New tickets here and catch them live in concert.
Early Days and Influences
Brand New might have been formed in 2000, but the seeds for their formation were planted a little while earlier. During the 1990s, Brian Lane, Garrett Tierney and Jesse Lacey were members of The Rookie Lot, which was a post-hardcore outfit. The group disbanded and the three of them began to play together. Vincent Accardi was then brought on board and Brand New had their first line-up.
While they had all been part of hardcore bands, their exposure to different genres had always been there. They were inspired by the likes of The Beach Boys, Radiohead, Oasis, The Smiths, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam to name a few. So, when they formed Brand New, the plan was to go somewhere they had never gone before. It was time to get out of the comfort zone. They started off playing in the local New York music scene and also came out with a demo that consisted of four songs. They were soon signed by Triple Crown Records.
Breakthrough and Recognition
They began to work on their debut studio album, “Your Favorite Weapon” which was released on October 9, 2001. The band soon hit the road for a tour to promote the record. Your Favorite Weapon received widespread acclaim from the critics. AllMusic gave it three stars out of five while Sputnikmusic gave it four stars out of five. It also made it to the list of “The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time” by Rock Sound.
Brand New were on the road for the most part of the next two years and it was during that time that they wrote the material for their next album. “Deja Entendu” that hit the music stores on July 17, 2003 – the album was certified gold. AllMusic and Spin gave it four stars out of five while for Sputnikmusic it was five out of five. Deja Entendu also made it to Rolling Stone’s list of the 40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time. Apart from that, NME also put the record on its list of the “20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time.”
Brand New were on a roll. They went on a tour of the US that saw them play 24 dates. Their music was generating a lot of buzz on its own and the success of the album brought their way opportunities to hit the road with the likes of Blink-182, Dashboard Confessional and New Found Glory. They followed that up by headlining The Bamboozle Festival with big names such as Fall Out Boy, Flogging Molly and The Bouncing Souls. Brand New were hot property now and big record labels started to come to them with contracts. The band signed with DreamWorks Records.
Notable Work and Album Releases
Brand New halted touring in order to record their next album. The band decided to keep the album a secret till its release. But in January of 2006, nine of their tracks were leaked online. Brand New had to change a few things as a result of that leak. They went on their first tour in a year and a half and performed tracks from their upcoming record.
The album “The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me” was released on November 21, 2006 and it went to the thirty first spot on the Billboard 200. A lot of critics and fans think this is the band’s best work ever. AllMusic gave it four and a half stars out of five while Alternative Press gave it five stars out of five. It received four stars out of five from Blender and an eight out of ten rating from NME.
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me made it to Kerrang! list of “50 Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die” and on Sputnikmusic’s list of the “Top 100 Best Albums of the 2000s.”
They have come out with two more albums since – “Daisy” and “Science Fiction” in 2009 and 2017 respectively. The former peaked at the sixth spot in the US and at the number seventeen position in Canada. Science Fiction went on to top the charts in the United States and made it to number six in Australia. Both records also received a lot of acclaim from the critics.
Brand New Tour Tickets
Brand New have been at the forefront of the movement that has turned emo music into what it is today. In the process, they have inspired names like Citizen, Lil Peep, MewithoutYou and Manchester Orchestra. They are on tour and once that ends, who knows where they will turn up next. One thing is for sure though; wherever and whenever they decide to perform live, Brand New tour tickets will be in demand.