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Brand New / Hot Rod Circuit / Eisley

Brand New / Hot Rod Circuit / Eisley: live in Seattlelive in Seattle (2003)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: RyanRyan
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There are very few bands that are able to transcend small clubs to larger venues and do it well. Weezer did it. Face to Face did it. And dammit, Brand New can do it, too. Unless you've been living under a rock, or have been subjected to residence in a biosphere, Brand New is a quartet from Long I.


There are very few bands that are able to transcend small clubs to larger venues and do it well. Weezer did it. Face to Face did it. And dammit, Brand New can do it, too.

Unless you've been living under a rock, or have been subjected to residence in a biosphere, Brand New is a quartet from Long Island, NY, who have seemed to have gotten big, really fast -- part of it off the heels of last year's breakout single "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad," but the heels became a running start with their 2003 album "Deja Entendu."

"Deja" is so infectious that even those stone cold writers over at Pitchfork Media gave it a higher rating than the new Death Cab AND Elvis Costello.

With that said, it's understandable that almost overnight, Brand New has gone from the pimps of college radio to the darlings of mainstream media, with videos on MTV2, Fuse/Much Music and insane radio play.

Their show at Seattle's Showbox was a culmination of this DIY-gone-machine hype: a barrage of smoke and lights, vintage amps, dancing and frat boys. But I'll get to that in a bit.

The show started off with rain-soaked kids enjoying the sounds of local heroes and major label newbies, Acceptance. And while they are mediocre at best, on this night Acceptance really came off like the poor man's Further Seems Forever. Even their stage antics seemed pre-planned, complete with punk jumps and microphone stand twirling. Needless to say, I hit the bottle pretty hard at that point.

Following that band was Eisley -- who were, by far, the most out of place band. These kids were terribly good and I almost felt sorry that their talents were wasted on trying to engage a crowd who were made up of Hot Topic kids, primed and ready to mosh at any given moment. Eisley's sweet folk rock, to me, was the surprise of the evening. Their singer reminded me of Portishead's Beth Gibbons -- breathy, yet soft. Awesome band, it's a shame that they weren't appreciated.

And as nice as I thought the guitarist from direct openers, Hot Rod Circuit was, I decided to sit them out and sober up in the restaurant.

That brings us up to our lovely headliners, Brand New. So as I mentioned earlier, they had a light show, smoke and in a lot of ways it seemed like a front. Not by the band themselves, but to please a segment of the crowd. Now as much as I loathe those who shop at Hot Topic and embrace all that is Avril, I cannot stand the new Hitler Youth -- Frat Jocks. And they were there. To see Brand New. In mass.

Ready to shed their pop-punk skin, Brand New ripped through many of the songs from "Deja." During "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot," they even broke out a slide guitar. It was at that moment that I saw through their jock-pleasing stage antics -- Jesse Lacey and gang want to be the new Built to Spill. It was very sweet.

For many of the acoustic-driven songs, they had former Movielife axeman, Brandon Riley, come out and shred (using that term very lightly, mind you).

It was interesting to see all the kids sing along to the new tunes, as well as songs from "Your Favorite Weapon," I found it really interesting when jocks and punks united to chant during their two radio hits "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" and "Sic Transit Gloria."

Yes, I stood next to a guy with an Abercrombie shirt yelling "Die young and save yourself." I was officially grossed out.

All in all, the show was good, the performances were tip-top, and even the younger crowd didn't really bug me. I think it's cool that Brand New is touching people from all walks of life, but seriously, I'm not sure if I can bond with the guys who made my youth a living hell with taunts of "fag" and often stole the proverbial girl (that being a metaphor for all things high school).

Am I an indie rock snob? Probably. Do I care? No. I'm more than happy for a band to sell music to the people that shunned them years ago, but when that starts affecting my ability to have a good time (i.e. jocks crowding the bar, standing in front of me, taking my seat), then it needs to be dealt with.

Although with the band rapidly becoming Brandnew To Spill, I don't think I'll have to worry about Alpha Kappa Gamma Tri Lambs taking over so soon.

 

 
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Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

Just remember grasshopper,

opinions are like assholes, we all have one...

Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

All you little fucks rock your diesel jeans and your white belts!

fucking fruitcakes!!!

xHAIRCUTCOREx

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

Just to hop in...brand names for those purposes are pretty much absurd, but brands are also a good thing. Prime example....Levis. I have never seen a pair of jeans that could last like a pair of Levis. And Coca-Cola. Man, you ever tried Sam's Choice, or Food Lion cola? Ugh, gives me the shits.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

Exactly... But I think brand names know their consumers too well to be totally innocent.

-BSD

funkisdead (November 29, 2003)

i agree with what bsd just said.
but.
the real problem is in the mentality associated with brand name consumerism... its the people who wear the clothes that propagate the elitist mentality.

brand names just provide a means of partially eliminating the human drive for superiority.

getting over this is far more difficult than just eliminating the brand names themselves... it requires a fundamental shift in our mental scehma. as long as people take pleasure in self-agrandisment, corporations will capitalize upon the insecurities of yourself and those of others.

i'm saying that, perhaps subconsciously, the reason you buy an AF shirt (whether anti-flag or ambercrombie and fitch) is to conform to some unwritten code that satisfies the human desire for conformity. we are social beasts, and from an early age, the crews we run with, so to speak, are essential in defining ourselves as individuals. they are integral to determining how we view ourselves in society...

you want to conform to a group because your experiences have taught you that you prefer it to other groups... that is elitism, straight up.

there is no good reason for anyone to buy a white 'n blue baseball shirt at abercrombie for $40. you don't "like the way it looks on you."
you like the way it makes you feel.
you like the way the name looks on you.

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

"you people are ridiculous. anybody can like any type of music they desire. who's to say that someone doesn't fit the image for a certain syle? not you. most definitely not anybody. these bands make music and write songs for people who can relate to them. just because someone is dumb enough to get caught up in clothing hype and pay too much for crappy clothes, doesn't mean they don't feel. you all need to get over yourselfs and get back to enjoying the works of art that your favorite bands have created. and appreciate that these bands are having success in drawing a diverse crowd."

This score is for how well you avoided my point... I'm against people who pay for expensive goth clothes, etc. as much as people who pay 40 more bucks for a shirt because it has "AF" on the front of it... They're both fools, they both suck, and it's because anyone with enough money to waste it all on stupid designer clothing sucks. What makes a Tommy shirt better than a K Mart one? You got me... Specialized clothing is all about peer pressure to get everyone else to buy more shit from your stupid store. That's why they pump the prices on a shirt that cost maybe 25 cents to make up to $60, and slap their logo on it to make you feel special. Your friends ask about the shirt "Oh I got it at (insert store here) for sixty bucks!" They're so impressed with it... The shirt is no longer something that provides warmth and clothing, but a symbol of your power (insecurity) to be abel to waste your money on such a piece of shit. Kids get picked on every minute because they can't afford to go along with the herd, and in some places, they're so poor or pathetic that they resort to stealing...

It's a cycle of humility and idiocy created by brand names all for the sake of money...

-BSD

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

boy, you sure are concerned with brand names and retail stores. the people wearing the clothes probably don't think about it nearly as much as you. huh.

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

So Eisley goes from playing amphitheaters opening for Coldplay to playing clubs with Brand New?

Is that punishment or what?

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

you people are ridiculous. anybody can like any type of music they desire. who's to say that someone doesn't fit the image for a certain syle? not you. most definitely not anybody. these bands make music and write songs for people who can relate to them. just because someone is dumb enough to get caught up in clothing hype and pay too much for crappy clothes, doesn't mean they don't feel. you all need to get over yourselfs and get back to enjoying the works of art that your favorite bands have created. and appreciate that these bands are having success in drawing a diverse crowd.

oh and i can't go without saying how much i like brand new. you don't have to like them. but i like them a lot.

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

This score is for Harvard sweaters.

Ass.

Shame on you and your didgeridoo.

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

This band is not as narly as everyone thinks.

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

Thats great how you were able to turn your akwardness in high school and your lack of money to purchase decent clothes around into someone else's problem. You are a fag. I bet you're a fucking liberal too.

mar310 (November 27, 2003)

oh. i forgot. this score is for stealing shit from abercrombie.

mar310 (November 27, 2003)

blah blah blah. so many of you are talking out of your ass. it's so punk to judge someone on what they are wearing and whether or not they like the same band as you. it's also really punk to throw around words like "gay," "homo," and "fag." if someone wearing an abercrombie t-shirt can keep up with me at a show, then fuck yeah. this reviewer sucks. i hate when people complain about "their" bands blowing up. isn't it good that more people are listening to more varieties of music? whatever. BUT, someone mentioned strung out, which happens to be one of the best bands ever. so this score is for them. rock.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Harvard sweaters are fucking shitty.

albertfreddyingram (November 27, 2003)

Worst review ever. Happy Thanksgiving. YOu suck,.

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

homophobia is gay

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

Yes give him the brazilian bands...
-Janelle

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

The singer from Brand New loves him some deep anal!

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

I'm going to start with the poppiest band I listen to, so you can relate to good music: Ratos De Parao! They're on a label called "Alternative Tentacles". It might sound kind of scarry, even scarrier is that the guy who runs it was in a band called "Dead Kennedys"! Gasp!!! But I think you'll love RDP.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

BSD- don't tell him!

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

okay, my login name is ThisTimeIGotNothingToSay i'm not logged in. okay so:

here we have somebody accusing me of not being able to afford good music. what exactly is good music, my friend?

i mean, i'll spare myself the coolest in harvard sweaters if you can point a good band out for me...

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

Brand New are a complete joke. what a horrible band. God, look what have we come to.

Jesse (November 25, 2003)

Bananas are for gay faggots.

I'm sorry, that just seems to be the correct response to anything by anyone on this site. Am I correct people? Gay, gay, faggy gay, fag.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

i like bananas. if you don't like bananas, YOU ARE AN EFFING MORON AND I HATE YOUR GUTS. AHHHH! WHY CAN'T YOU JUST LIKE BANANAS???? I HATE YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!! I HOPE YOU GET LEPROSY AND DIE A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH!

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

"I'd just like to know why you stereotype? I wear Abercrombie & Fitch & Hollister, okay? Nothing else. My favorite bands are (early) Alkaline Trio, Brandnew, MxPx, Descendents, Suicide Machines and TBS. I don't see what you're trying to say... Do you believe you own all music that performs punk-like music? Because you buy all the coolest shirts from Hot Topic & Pacific Sunwear you are the alternative music God. Everyone wearing preppy outfits is an intruder at a rock show. Tell all your friends that you're a moron. We all need to spread the word."

Okay, here's yer problem fratty:

Not all people who go to shows and don't wear your overly expensive and stupid brand clothes shop at specialty stores... I've never bought a single thing from Hot Topic, listen to punk, go to shows, and avoid advertising classist name brands. Yeah, so fuck off with your shitty pop. Maybe if you didn't spend all your cash on clothes, you could afford some good music.

-BSD

8dollarclarinetsolo (November 24, 2003)

i agree with this reviewer. since when is it too pc to have a punk mentality? honestly, people arent allowed to dislike jocks? what?
and to the people who like punk music and wear abercrombie and that stuff... why? dont tell me that there arent any choices other than "torn jeans and faded black shirts" and abercrombie

Jesse (November 24, 2003)

No, you see ejaculine:

I am always right. Why am I always right? Because your opinion doens't matter.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

The rumor I heard was that Jesse from Brand New, and John from TBS/Straylight Run both have cock rings, and they swing their cocks and the rings hit. I heard it at a show.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

What is funny is people fighting over musical taste. You suck cuz you listen to this... blah blah. You can't argue over taste... it doesnt make sense. If you don't like a band, you can say they suck, doesnt mean your right. This is just pointless.

-ejaculine

Jesse (November 24, 2003)

To the commentor below: please don't associate corporate whore stores with arrogant indie elitists. We buy all our swag from shows and thrift stores only. And please, develop a better music taste. We have enough people listening to this horrid rubbish already.

ThisTimeIGotNothingToSay (November 24, 2003)

i guess i'm one of those "frat boys." i wasn't at that exact show but, i apologize for hurting your feelings you stupid lush.

I'd just like to know why you stereotype? I wear Abercrombie & Fitch & Hollister, okay? Nothing else. My favorite bands are (early) Alkaline Trio, Brandnew, MxPx, Descendents, Suicide Machines and TBS. I don't see what you're trying to say... Do you believe you own all music that performs punk-like music? Because you buy all the coolest shirts from Hot Topic & Pacific Sunwear you are the alternative music God. Everyone wearing preppy outfits is an intruder at a rock show. Tell all your friends that you're a moron. We all need to spread the word.

"... I've seen more spine in jellyfish."

Jesse (November 23, 2003)

To the anonymous comment posting guy below: I know. That's exactly what I said. It's still a shitty lyric no matter how you look at it.

funkisdead (November 23, 2003)

"to that jesse guy down there. fuck you buddy. he is talking about a girlfriend who was fake and wore lots of makeup and didnt respect his band."

no, no. jesse was right. the singer is definitely wishing that more dudes who wear makeup would dig his band.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

Hey is this reviewer Ryan S from the strung out board??

-bemused-

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

"to that jesse guy down there. fuck you buddy. he is talking about a girlfriend who was fake and wore lots of makeup and didnt respect his band."

I think his fake girlfriend was right to not respect his band. Maybe if he had heeded her advice (assuming she gave some, and that it would have been to break up because his band sucks), the music world would be a much better place.

-BSD

mikeinflames (November 23, 2003)

Going to see them in a couple weeks in Toronto ... I saw them open up for Face To Face last year and they were great
Although I don't like thier new album that much
Should be a good show

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

to that jesse guy down there. fuck you buddy. he is talking about a girlfriend who was fake and wore lots of makeup and didnt respect his band.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

yeah. no one sits out hotrod circuit. he must be pretty foolish. sorry about tomorrow is a solid release. moron indeed.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

dealt with..?
shut up you moron.
gosh this reviewer is so retarded.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

reviewer,

who cares what the people are wearing, and who cares if they are "jocks" in your mind. do you think brand new screened the people's clothing before they would let anyone buy a ticket from them. god. i hate elitism. so i hate you.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

I think the fella who commented below "And to say that our scene is tiny when your not even from here is pretty stupid," got a little overeager.

I am from LI, but whatever. Perhaps
"tiny" was not the word I should have used. What I meant when I said "tiny" was that the LI scene is one in which people know eachother and you see a lot of the same kids and bands at different shows. It is a communal scene where things seem familiar. It is also becoming a pretty respectable scene, even if it is shitty East Coast suburbs. Yeah, fuck you New Jersey, the Island is catching up. Especially if you like the passionate guys with expensive, but worn and dirty clothes.

I will say that in the past year TBS has been looking around at Thursday, but maybe now they will return to looking at BN.

Apparently, I was wrong and that it was John from TBS and not Lazarra. I have just always seen BN taking cracks at TBS that seem to be more focused on Lazarra and given the post-TBS John playing at BN shows, it made sense that it was Lazarra who was doing the sneaky "romantic" trooublemaking.

funkisdead (November 22, 2003)

jesse.

i, for one, think you may be on to something.

Jesse (November 22, 2003)

To the anonymous poster a few below:

What is wrong with this review isn't how this reviewer feels about different clothes. It's the fact that people actually listen to Brand New. Yes, Brand New, the band who uses it's own band name in it's lyrics:

"I got a twenty-dollar bill
that says no one's ever seen you without makeup.
You're always made up.
And I'm sick of your tattoos
And the way you donā??t appreciate Brand New
And me."

Aww....he's sad that people who wear a lot of makeup don't respect his band. Awwww....

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

The singer of Brand New takes it in the pooper!

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

The girls in Eisley are three times dope!

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

it sounds like the reviewer. is trapped in his own paradox. he likes his pretty little world, and doesnt want it to be disturbed. he is his own worst enemy. i'm 18, and i got that shit handed to me in High School (only a year ago). and i go to the same school as them, and have really befriended them.

when you think about it, besides them wearing clothes that are 20times more than yours and mine. the kids are the same thing. there's no difference in the elitisms. a frat boy is the same thing as a elitist indie rocker (like this boy).

it's time he should let by gones be by gones. i mean obviously some of them has decent taste in music if they see BN. its just that they rely on the radio for new music, we rely on scenes and websites.

this reviewer is a microcosm for a what is wrong with the world.

peace (and i mean it).

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

I can't believe you skipped HRC...they fucking rule

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

It was John not adam. There was a whole group of bands that kind of were at the core of the scene around three almost four years ago (see movielife, Glassjaw).
Adam wasnt even the orginal singer of TBS nor orginally a LI'er.And to say that our scene is tiny when your not even from here is pretty stupid

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Eisley is Hot!

funkisdead (November 22, 2003)

if you haven't heard of the bands they are reviewing, that would mean you haven't heard of:

the flaming lips, rufus wainwright, r.e.m., the beatles, basement jaxx, aesop rock, atmosphere, the strokes, iggy pop, ryan adams, elvis costello, guided by voices, yo la tengo, or jay-z.

hmmm.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

pitchfork's ratings dont mean shit anymore. it used to be rare for a band to score over a 6. Now, if you have one clever lyric on you're entire cd, it deserves an 8. And you haven't heard 90% of those bands because you have a head inserted into your ass.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Actually, there's an interview in the new Alternative Press where they interview Brand New. They say the dramam is more over that Taking Back Sunday still sings "There's no 'I' in Team" when it was written by one of the guys from Brand New and one of the dudes who left Taking Back Sunday. So Brand New doesn't feel they should be singing it.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

"There was a bit of competition between the two bands and then Adam Lazarra (TBS frontman) hooked up with Jesse Lacey's (BN frontman) girlfriend"

It was John that did that, not Adam...which is why Jesse has said "If you hear anyone other than John Nolan or myself sing that song, it's bullshit"

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Scott... the Brand New / Taking Back Sunday drama is somewhat complicated, but I can tell you about the amusing drama fairly quickly.

Both bands hail from Long Island, NY and came out around the same time, appealed to a lot of the same LI kids, etc. (the scene there is pretty small, as you might imagine). There was a bit of competition between the two bands and then Adam Lazarra (TBS frontman) hooked up with Jesse Lacey's (BN frontman) girlfriend. Lacey wrote the song "Seventy Times Seven" about wishing bad thins upon Lazarra. TBS sort of wrote BN off, but that will be tough after Deja Entendu's success and the signing to Dreamworks. I should also point out that Brand New has a t-shirt that says something like "mics and for singing, not swinging" which is a direct shot at Lazarra and his stage antics. I should also point out that the rumor surrounding John's (TBS guitar and background vocals) leaving the band revolves around Lazarra not treating his bandmate's sister too well in the "romantic/sexual" way. That was what was going on in June when TBS dropped off Warped. And John, who had never really had problems with Lacey or BN ended up playing a few songs with them at NYC album release shows early this summer.

That's pretty much it. Just some bad blood, some competition, some fun, and some "romantic politics." But I think both bands sort of like eachother, despite the fact that they both consider the other band to be their "foe."

dignin (November 22, 2003)

"If they rated this band higher than Elvis Costello and Death Cab For Cutie, than obviously this magazine is geared towards the mainstream music which Brand New caters to."

Pitchfork is not even close to being geared toward mainstream music. For the path few months 90% of the bands reviewed Id never even heard of, which is rare. I was very surprised to see brand new get that high of a score.

Jesse (November 22, 2003)

And the revolution will be quick, and swift. Your lungs will be eaten, and I will cook your liver over a spit. And when I am the only viable opinion left, you will suffer under my tyranny of good music. This score is for me.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

way to be judgemental. eapically making your judgments by clothing. that is what music is all about.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

i didn't have anything to say so i decided to post something hateful.
ummm...certain brands of clothing suck.
and ummm...you like a band i don't? what the hell?

-benz

kirbypuckett (November 21, 2003)

Just cause I keep hearing about it...

What the hell the Brand New & Taking Back Sunday drama?

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/

inagreendase (November 21, 2003)

"can the people that review shows here actually hang out and watch the entire show? "

I can, I can!

funkisdead (November 21, 2003)

yeah, its kids like that that get the emo kids so depressed.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

"Brand new is probally one of the worst bands ever.And kids weairng abromcbie shirts is just as bad as liking emo music.Those emo kids are so depressed its funny."

hmm... i'd buy you a spellcheck if i felt in my heart of hearts that it would help you.

it won't. you truly are a lost cause.

poor fashion sense is one thing. lacking any functional definition for the "emo" you readily (and fashionably, i might add) shit-talk is another thing.
maybe you could work on those two things before you bother to waste my time with incoherencies and trivialities.

yep, you guessed it. this score is for you.

funkisdead (November 21, 2003)

jesse
thought you'd never ask.
meet at taco bell at 1900 hours
i'll bring the explosives, you bring the spirit of the revolution.

your pal,
funk.

Jesse (November 21, 2003)

C'mon funkisdead. Let's rip this shitwhore to pieces.

funkisdead (November 21, 2003)

you know, i must have add. i went to pitchforkmedia.com to check out the brand new review, but thought i'd check out some frank black and the catholics reviews. afterwards, i ended up scrolling too far... so i just read a burning airlines review. next, i checked out the mars volta through clicking the link on the sidebar, and then ended up reading about mogwai on amazon.com. the fact remains, however, that death cab for cutie will always be better than brand new. no question.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Brand new is probally one of the worst bands ever.And kids weairng abromcbie shirts is just as bad as liking emo music.Those emo kids are so depressed its funny.

funkisdead (November 21, 2003)

spectra sonic sound!!!
nation of ulysses rock my sack.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

guys keep the noise low, she doesnt want to blow it.. bn isnt well known at all, why should anyone expect a huge crowd to their shows, thats ridiculous! .... o and the scores for the review, you suck buddy

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

can the people that review shows here actually hang out and watch the entire show?

Jesse (November 21, 2003)

If they rated this band higher than Elvis Costello and Death Cab For Cutie, than obviously this magazine is geared towards the mainstream music which Brand New caters to.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

I went to this show in miami... here's how it went
Eisley- surprisingly good
Hot Rod Ciricuit- who i was excited about since the last time i saw them they were great...but this time they played a whole bunch of new songs and some other songs..they only played 3 off of Sorry About Tomorrow
Brand New - Played very well...don't really like the old stuff but the new stuff was soo good

Jesse (November 21, 2003)

Shit. Note to reviewer. No offense to any of the editors; in fact, I generally agree with the editors on this site. Damn it all. There goes all the credibility of the last post.

Jesse (November 21, 2003)

Note to editor: You like Brand New. There is no way you are an indie rock "snob." You are a bitch with horrible taste in music. I am an indie rock "snob." Because I hate you for liking bad music. And as for someone wanting to wear Abercrombie clothes, let them. Don't be angry because someone else has a different taste in style than you. And the fact that these "douchebags" like the same type of music as you do must mean something.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

what the fuck? you left during hot rod circuit?? they are easily the best band of that night. would have been the only reason i went.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Don't hate them because people over hype them.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Another indie rock elitist who cries when bands becomw successful without listing his name in their album-thank-you-notes for "being there from the start." No wonder people beat you up in high school. You probably sucked then too.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

i don't post here much, but i love reading some of the comments here.

all these greater-than-though "punk rockers" are telling this guy to fuck off because he insults a kid wearing abercrombie? hello? abercrombie is the epitome of what punk rock stands against; a mass-production clothing corporation designed with the sole purpose of making tons of money through overpriced and over-advertised clothing, making the easily swayed minds of the youth of america buy in to superficial ideals of body image and money makes you "popular."

what a crock of shit. absolutepunk is generally the worst at being beyond hypocritical (i mean what, is tate himself endorsed by atticus or something?) but punk rock isn't a fucking guitar chord and it's not an album, it's a state of mind that you genuinely don't like the capitalist, consumer-driven society we live in and you want to do something about it.

so fuck all the people that tear this kid apart just cause he insults frat boys. he's right in what he says. and fuck blink-182 too, how the hell is it cool to like the worst album of the year (it is).

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

...but then again as the reviewer said, I DO live in a biosphere...
-J

Jesse (November 21, 2003)

Brand New suck balls. End of story.

superdude (November 21, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. The reviewer said, "To see Brand New. In mass."

2. I thought the show was in Seattle?

3. If they wanted to, they could call their band, Nand Brew. That's what they should do if they go undercover.

4. Deep undercover

5. They're becoming Brandnew to Spill? Man, that's better than the Sounds of Silent Circus.

6. What a team!

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

it's funny...i live on long island and JUST found out who Brand New is - their feud with TBS is so retarded. fuck, am i actually getting in the loop with stuff going on where i live? uh oh...
-Janelle

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

wow, i disagree with that kid below me. orange island and fucking hot rod circuit are way better than the other two bands.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Saw this tour in Philly...

- Brand New was really good (haven't seen them before since I hate Your Favorite Weapon -- but love Deja Entendu).
- Hot Rod Circuit was decent -- nothing more, nothing less (seen them three times before, this was easily the worst since I surprisingly didn't know much that they played -- they've always been good before)
- Eisley was the reason to see the show. Ridiculously good and yet so out of place. Should have seen them with Coldplay last year.
- Orange Island (the opener) -- just boring and derivative.

The crowd in Philly sucked. It was very hard to enjoy the show with the kids that were there. And I'm not an indie snob or whatever, I just wanted to have a good time.

I'd give a 7 out of 10 for BN and Eisley. I will definitely see the latter again, but probably not BN because I don't think I want to deal with the type of crowd.

kirbypuckett (November 21, 2003)

Honestly dude, I dress what you would probably consider 'preppy.' Not all of us can just continue to slouch around in torn jeans and faded black shirts.

By singling people out by what they wear, you're only doing the same thing those kids did to you in high school.

It's just clothes, who cares what you wear. Aslong as you're comfortable and enjoying the music.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

I thought the review was good.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

well put above me....simply average but worth a listen. I am however, going to the Toronto show. Picked up the LAST ticket yesterday. I'm still looking for another one. If anyone can help me out, drop me a line

jeff_loretta@hotmail.com

Cheers

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Whoever wrote this review is a dumbass.

I'd at least expect that kind of attitude from hardcore punkers who like music that's not too poppy. You're listening to stoner rock and complaining that their other fans are frat boys?

And referring to frat boys as "hitler youth" is patently retarded, considering YOU are the one who wants to exclude THEM from your concerts. Go back to Absolutepunk.net, emo boy.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Brand New is hype personified. There is so much talk about this band and their music doesn't even come close to backing it up. They are totally average, they are not Audio Jesus like everyone says they are.

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