State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Staff Pick – Music I'm Thankful For: Brand New

I can first recall being proud of my music taste during the “old days” in junior high. It was Brand New that opened my eyes and allowed me to discover music I never thought possible. This band showed me there was more music out there than what was on MTV and the radio, and I wouldn’t love the music I listen to today if it weren’t for them.

Another aspect to Brand New…Jesse Lacey *umpf*.

I also love the direction in which their albums mature, and how that allows fans to grow older with their music. They continue to amaze me with the new sounds in each new album. If you compare Your Favorite Weapon to Daisy, you wouldn’t think they were made by the same band.

Lastly, if you haven’t heard the back-story of how Brand New came to be, then you need to brush up on your indie rock history. The band started after Jesse Lacey left Taking Back Sunday – Jesse and John Nolan had girl problems – and is an influence behind both of the bands’ lyrics in their earlier years: “You’re just the brick in the small of my back so let’s end this call and end this conversation.”

Brand New shows that mad bastards make kick ass music, and sometimes when you’re dealt the shitty cards, you can make a sick song about it.