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Honestly, I didn’t really want to see Brand New live. They are an often incredibly depressing band that would bring down my Summerfest high. However, I owed it to the angsty 15-year-old Holden Caulfield in me to see this group in concert, one that used to be incredibly influential to me.
Brand New is an alternative rock group from New York. They began as a generic pop punk band in 2000, and by 2003 transformed into a darker, more serious group. To give you perspective, a bridge on their first album when they comparatively weren't as dark is, "Cause I’ve seen more spine in jellyfish/I’ve seen more guts in 11 year old kids/take another drink and drive yourself home/I hope there’s ice on all the roads/and you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt and again when your head goes through the windshield."
However, just because I wasn’t psyched to see them doesn’t mean I am saying they’re bad in any regards, because their music is some of the most impressive that I’ve seen in the past 10 years. Within the past few albums, the band's lyrics have gone into incredible depth with feelings of loneliness, death and worthlessness that countless other bands strive to achieve but fail.
Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of this group since they don’t do all that much or really any self promotion, including taking three-year breaks between releasing new material. Their last full length "Daisy" had one radio single but was devoid of any music videos; the last music video they released was 10 years ago. However, somehow even without self promotion, "Daisy" reached number six on the US Billboard 200.
The lack of self promotion didn’t hurt them at the Miller Lite Oasis eit…Read more...