Long Island emo-punk band Brand New are reportedly headed for the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts with Science Fiction, their first full-length studio album in eight years.
After years of anticipation and speculation, the “surprise” album was announced and released on Aug. 17th, taking several longtime fans of the 2000-era group by shock. As a result… according to Headline Planet, as of press time, the band reportedly sold/streamed more than 55,000-60,000 copies and are on their way to claiming the top spot on the charts for the first-time ever.
Brand New would not employ street teams, make radio appearances, book secret performances or plan any secret pop-up shops. Instead, the band launched a pre-order for their long-awaited fifth studio album and delivered physical copies of the CD to 500 fans all across the country.
Following the release of their 2009 album, Daisy, the band spent time away from writing music for about five years, until 2014, when they announced that they were returning to the studio to work on new music. Since then the band has infrequently been leaking tracks and demos online, and had even planned to release an album last year, but were ultimately dissatisfied with the final product.
The band took to Twitter last September to issue the following statement: “First, an apology. At some point previous, we, Brand New, admitted our plans to release a record this year. These plans were authentic, but we are changing them. While there exists a collection of songs that, right now, some would call fit to be an album, to us it is not complete enough, refined enough, or edited thoroughly enough to be something we would call finished or essential. Brand New will not release a record in 2016.”
Prior to the release of the album, the band teased fans, telling them that the track listing was one long song called, “44.5902N104.7146W,” which happens to the be the coordinates for the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.
The album opens up like some sort of David Lynch-inspired fever dream, with haunting audio from an interview with a mental patient. The unexpectedly eerie, static-filled track, “Lit Me Up,” sounds similar to a Type O Negative rock ballad with its ominous guitars and softly spoken lyrics.
“Can’t Get Out” gives off a classic alt-rock vibe, with an acoustic guitar-led intro and lead singer Jesse Lacey‘s early ’90s-era Rivers Cuomo-style of singing on the track.
The band continues to surprise with songs like “Waste,” a heavily distorted track that has elements of early Stone Temple Pilots, and “Could Never Be Heaven,” which sounds like a medieval minstrel tune.
Brand New channels their classic emo-punk sound on, “Same Logic/Teeth,” which is just as powerful and loud as their fans have come to expect. When the horns and layered vocals hit, you can hear how the band’s long reprieve was well worth the wait as they have clearly honed their sound.
The album continues to surprise with “Out of Mana,” a kick-ass rock tune filled with epic guitar solos and upbeat lyrics, and “In the Water,” which sounds like a country-blues tune filled with organs and harmonizing background vocals.
Lacey flexes his falsetto on “Desert,” a Latin-infused style tune that is easily one of the album’s most noteworthy songs, with its memorable hooks and perfectly timed vocals, making it an infectiously catchy song that will certainly catch on.
Of course, no Brand New album would be complete without an anthemic track that is perfect for any sporting event. “451” is an adrenaline fueled romp with nu-metal elements that really distinguishes them from emo-punk counterparts.
The album comes to a close with the acoustic lullaby, “Batter Up,” a soft rock gem featuring an extraordinary solo from lead guitarist, Vincent Accardi.
RATING: 5 / 5
For all we know, the Long Island band could have been silently plotting for the perfect moment to strike. While we’re not sure exactly what the Long Island emo-punk band’s plans were, we’re certainly glad they did when they did.