Despite announcing that they’d be ending their run as a band in 2018, emo veterans Brand New kept the mood upbeat as they played the newly renovated Sound Academy this past week.
Brand New have achieved a sort of mythic status in the seven years since their last album (2009’s Daisy), gaining critical acclaim from all corners of the music world. They’ve gone from members of the Long Island Emo Scene (affectionately shortened to L.I.E.S) to venerated and respected purveyors of genuine emotion. Plenty of which was on display as they tore through past hits like “Soco Amaretto Lime” and “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades”, along with the three new songs they’ve released since 2009, “Mene”, “I Am A Nightmare”, and the sparse, hushed “Sealed to Me”.
There was very little banter between songs, frontman Jesse Lacey preferring to save his voice for singing. Smart move, considering that Brand New have perfected the art of going from very quiet to intensely loud within a split second- see: “At the Bottom”. I’m no sound engineer, but it’s clear that the band have some sort of unique trick that gives their choruses such a punch. Not to mention the crowd’s devoted singing along which amplified every lyric as well.
The set ended with a graphic of a break up announcement, as the band is wrapping it up in two years. A new album is yet to be released, but it’s safe to say that the band will be back for at least one more show before the final curtain in 2018. And they’ll be welcomed back with open arms when they do.