Brand New Brings Science Fiction to New York

Brand New

Long Island’s post-punk darlings finally release their fifth studio album.

It lit me up like a torch on a pitch black night
Like an ember in the needles of a dried out pine
It lit me up and I burn from the inside out
I burn like a witch in a Puritan town

If good things come to those who wait, Brand New fans should be elated. It’s been eight years since the band’s last LP, Daisy, and the two-song appetizer they released last spring only whet fans’ appetites. Their fifth studio album, Science Fiction, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming their first record to do so.

Some have compared what could be their career-closing album to 2006’s acclaimed, angst-filled, The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. In fact, the little girl who appears so forlorn on the 2006 cover is all grown up as a red jacket-clad jumper on the cover of Science Fiction. Lyrically, frontman Jesse Lacey touches upon the familiar topics of religion, self-reflection and therapy. While the 12 tracks include more acoustic guitar parts and less of Lacey’s trademark shrieks, the sound is still a powerful hybrid of emo-post-punk and alt-rock.

Brand New

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As they tour in support of their No. 1 album, the Long Island natives will make a stop in Brooklyn just prior to the physical release of Science Fiction on Oct. 20.

What: Brand New – live – with Nada Surf opening
Where: Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY
When: Thursday, Oct. 19

lisa heffernan

Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.