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Brand New is an American alternative rock band consisting of lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist Jesse Lacey, guitarist Vincent Accardi, bass guitarist Garrett Tierney and drummer Brian Lane. The band was formed in 2000 in Merrick, New York and partly consists of former members of the band The Rookie Lot.
The band has released three studio albums so far - Your Favorite Weapon (2001), Deja Entendu (2003), and The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (2006). On February 12, 2007, in an interview with BBC Manchester, Lacey stated that the band plans to release another album.
In the late 1990s Jesse Lacey, Garrett Tierney, Brian Lane, Brandon Reilly and Alex Dunne were all members of The Rookie Lot, a post-hardcore band largely influenced by groups such as Lifetime. The Rookie Lot released a 5-track demo and a split 7" with Yearly before breaking up in late 1999. After The Rookie Lot broke up, Brandon Reilly went on to be a guitarist in The Movielife and Alex Dunne played guitar in Crime In Stereo. Lacey and Lane continued to play together with Tierney joining them shortly thereafter. The three started writing new material, with the help of Brandon Reilly, for the new project. The members started looking for a second guitarist and eventually found the then 17 year-old Vincent Accardi. Accardi decided to join the band after hearing the trio play "The Shower Scene", the first song they wrote together. Lacey has repeatedly stated that the name for the band was borrowed from a friend's band that disbanded. Between their formation in 2000 and Your Favorite Weapon's release in 2001, Brand New released two demo CDs, the first of which was originally available as a free MP3 download on their website. Both demos contained songs that were rerecorded for Your Favorite Weapon.
Your Favorite Weapon:
After signing a single album deal on Triple Crown Records, the band set to work on their debut, Your Favorite Weapon. The album was to be a mix of rerecorded songs from their demos as well as several new ones. The album was produced by Mike Sapone and was a moderate success. The record deal gave the band the opportunity to tour, both nationally and internationally, supporting bands like Taking Back Sunday, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Glassjaw, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional and Finch.
The first and only single released from Your Favorite Weapon was "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad", which received airplay on both MTV2 and Fuse.
In August 2002, Iodine Recordings released Your Favorite Weapon on vinyl along with an extra track, "...My Nine Rides Shotgun", a demo from the band's early days.
Soon after the release of Your Favorite Weapon, the band released two songs on a split EP with Safety in Numbers, which contained the tracks "Moshi Moshi" and a cover of Love Spit Love's "Am I Wrong." "Moshi Moshi" was also later available as a B-side on the UK "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" single.
The band's second album, Deja Entendu, was released in June 2003 to much acclaim. The album contains slower, deeper songs than those on Your Favorite Weapon, with a more polished sound.
The title is French, roughly translating to "already heard," which is said to be a comment on the band's opinion of modern music sounding similar. Lacey got the name for the album while watching an episode of Jeopardy!. The album was produced by Steven Haigler, who was the sound engineer on the Pixies' Trompe le Monde.
The band has stated that most of the songs were not demoed and were "rushed", and that eleven out of the twelve songs recorded for the album appeared on it - with only "Flying At Tree Level (Version 1.0)" left off, which later appeared on the Beer: The Movie soundtrack. "Play Crack the Sky", who's title refers to Lacey's friend yelling out "play crack the sky!" during another band's concert, was a late addition.
Three singles were released from this album on Eat Sleep Records and Sorepoint Records. The first single from was "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows." Their second single from the album, "Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades," is a shortened version of the common Latin phrase Sic transit gloria mundi ("Thus passes the glory of the world") and is a reference to a line from the movie Rushmore. Both of these singles were top 40 hits within the UK, and their videos received relatively heavy rotation on MTV2 and Fuse TV. The band released a third single from this album, "I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light," solely for radio play.
During 2003, their debut album was also remastered and rereleased, followed by its debut in Australia and Japan in early 2004.
A limited edition EP, entitled The Holiday EP, was released soon after the album in late 2003, available only to the band's Street Team members. It contained demos from Deja Entendu, album art by artist Brian Ewing, as well as a new song - "O Holy Night." Available for only the price of postage, this EP sold out quickly, and has never been rereleased. Consequently, it is extremely rare.
On December 28, 2003, New York Times music critic Kelefa Sanneh ranked Deja Entendu #5 on his Top 10 albums of the year. Brand New were also named Alternative Press' Artist of the Year in their annual Reader's Poll.
Between May 2004 and June 2005, no new material or information was publicly released to fans. During that time, however, the band signed to major label Dreamworks. Interscope Records bought out the label shortly after.
The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me:
In late 2005, Brand New started recording their highly-anticipated third album in Oxford, Mississippi with producer Dennis Herring, but later dropped him in favor of Mike Sapone with whom they had worked on their first album.
After much speculation and rumor regarding the final release date, and Alternative Press publishing a preliminary date of October 10, 2006, as the release date, the official website announced that the new album would finally be released on November 21, 2006 in North America, and the day before in Europe. Soon after, a track listing and the unusual cover art were revealed, as well as new information regarding the release of the first actual single - "Sowing Season" - one of the new tracks previewed during the summer tour. An alternate version of "Untitled 08", the single finally got a public airing on radio on October 19, 2006, and appeared on their MySpace page a day later. "Untitled 06", was mastered and released as a bonus track in the UK titled as "Luca (Reprise)". According to Lacey in a radio interview from the UK (BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe), the title The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is taken from a conversation he had with his friend about the musician Daniel Johnston, who is bipolar.
In late December 2006, an unusual video was released for the instrumental track "Untitled", also known as "-", which mainly consists of a man spray painting a wall with "evil and good are raging Inside me" and correcting it to give the album title. On January 16, 2007, "Jesus Christ" was announced as being the "official" first single from the album. On January 19, the band performed the song on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. They performed it again on February 26 on the Late Show with David Letterman.
From January to June 2007, the band toured the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia, with a headline slot on the UK's Give It a Name tour alongside HIM and Jimmy Eat World. Despite the band's reluctance towards the press around the time of the release of the album, they were featured in Alternative Press, a cover story for Rock Sound, Kerrang!, and NME. The band has announced another Stateside tour for the fall of 2007, with openers Thrice and Mewithoutyou.