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Brand New

Brand New: live in Philadelphialive in Philadelphia (2009)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: JackeeSadJackeeSad
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As many bands have a moniker indicative of a myriad of implications, often in terms of clichés, an ironic contender, or perhaps maybe an appropriate contender, hailing (or maybe as evoked by their songs "sailing") from the shores of Long Island -- appearing on the crest of a wave jumping up from th.


As many bands have a moniker indicative of a myriad of implications, often in terms of clichés, an ironic contender, or perhaps maybe an appropriate contender, hailing (or maybe as evoked by their songs "sailing") from the shores of Long Island -- appearing on the crest of a wave jumping up from the Schuylkill River and across Kelly Drive -- Brand New arrives, ever loyal to their name in spite of, or maybe in conjunction with, their longevity, as evidenced by their performance at the North Star Bar July 10, 2009. Their set list surely was an indicator as to their collective attitude as musicians -- how many times have you gone to a show where you screamed for an old favorite and they just got pissy about it? Well, this was NOT the case for Brand New at the Northstar, with a set list that spanned their entire career (and a couple of other bands' careers) they showed the audience the difference between musical maturity/evolution and forced musical reinvention. Brand New still doesn't believe in filler (baby) and the songs they played on the tenth shows they carry that logic everywhere they go.

Brand New began their set in medias res of their career with "Guernica," a song off of their second full-length, Deja Entendu, then sank straight into two more jawns off of that album: "Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades" and "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows." They then sank deeper into their musical past by playing "The Shower Scene" off of Your Favorite Weapon, then sifted back into Deja with "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't." Afterwards, they proceeded to play two new songs off of their upcoming September release, both showing hints of a musical shift, but still touching on the vigor of The Devil and God but seemingly more raw and straightforward in terms of the vocals. Following this "window into their musical future" they played a bit from their musical present, including "Sowing Season (Yeah)," "The Archers Bows Have Broken" and "Jesus" (with almost a brief interlude of Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy"). They then dove right back into the past with "Mixtape," "Flying at Tree Level" (surprisingly), "Seventy Times 7" and "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad."

Shortly after, an Everclear cover almost happened, but it soon turned into a crowd request for Weezer's "El Scorcho" -- and our wishes came true. (Who needs Weezer when you have Brand New covering Weezer?!) They followed it up with "Degausser" and "You Won't Know." Finally, everyone in the band sans Jesse took a seat at the edge of the stage and listened to him perform Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely." The freshness exuded by a band with such history is astounding in addition to their ability to update earlier songs in a live setting; Brand New remains "brand new" to the listener, every time they perform. It was a perfect ending to a perfect night.

For those who don't want to read through the whole thing, here's the set list (again):

  1. Guernica
  2. Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades
  3. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
  4. The Shower Scene
  5. Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't
  6. new song
  7. new song
  8. Sowing Season (Yeah)
  9. The Archers Bows Have Broken
    (almost played Lit - "My Own Worst Enemy Here")
  10. Jesus
  11. Mixtape
  12. Flying at Tree Level
  13. Seventy Times 7
  14. Jude Law and a Semester Abroad
    (almost played an Everclear song here)
  15. El Scorcho (Weezer cover) (best thing ever)
  16. Degausser
  17. You Won't Know
  18. Oh Comely (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)

 

 
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Bowen (July 22, 2009)

Who closes with a cover?

JackeeSad (July 22, 2009)

"Who needs Weezer when you have Brand New covering Weezer?!"
was tongue in cheek, hence the insertion. for the record, i enjoy the peaceful coexistence of weezer and brand new. haha
also: that's how i actually think/talk. oops.

can't wait for the new album.

deadxlast (July 20, 2009)

Sounds like an awesome show, but oh my god was that review mealy-mouthed. How about, "Never use a long word where a short word will suffice"? Lose the rambling sentences to make your reviews a little less confusing.

thatsyouth (July 19, 2009)

I called pufferfish an eazyd2 wannabe one time and he had no idea who I was talking about. Whatta n00b.

mattramone (July 19, 2009)

Did they have lyric sheets for sale at the merch table?

andburntherest (July 18, 2009)

Score is for using Jawn in your review. You're from Philadelphia, we get it.

usversusthem (July 18, 2009)

Holy shit. It's so rare that a band performs my actual favourite songs by them. I only truly love 13 Brand New songs and they managed to play 10 of them that night... and only 4 others of their own material? (New songs excluded.) And Flying at Tree Level's not even on a full-length. That's pretty fucking amazing, percentage-wise. Being at this show would have blown my fucking mind. Just... mathematically... this is really impressive. Shit.

franco (July 17, 2009)

That's a pretty awesome set list. Only thing really missing is Soco Amaretto Lime

sludgebubble (July 17, 2009)

Love this band, can't wait to see them again. Wish they had those new songs written back when I did. I heard a live recording of "Trees" and it was fucking amazing. Um, interesting review.

mikeva (July 17, 2009)

run on sentences rule like so much don't they because they just go on and on and your eyes get bored of them when it just runs on and on and on.

pufferfish (July 17, 2009)

"But I just hate Brand New and wanted to punch you in the face for that sentence."

Stop overcompensating, kid. You're not impressing anyone.

phooky (July 17, 2009)

Pretentiousness =/= good writing. Seriously. This review just makes you look silly. Nice to see you kept that thesaurus you had to buy in middle school, though.

I was at the Williamsburg show.. one of the best shows I've ever been too. Still pissed that we didn't get El Scorcho though..

colin (July 17, 2009)

weird first sentence.

stoked to see them this weekend. i hope for more new material, less deja entendu.

Dante3000 (July 17, 2009)

Holy Parenthesizes Batman!
-Dante
(BTW, love the first sentence...This must be what new college graduates are doing, since the job market is in the shitter)

thatsyouth (July 17, 2009)

What the fuck was that first sentence about? Don't make my brain explode dude. Anyway, it's known that I dislike Brand New but aside from that, they are always a super boring live show.

Who needs Weezer when you have Brand New covering Weezer?!

That almost made me throw up a little bit.

Good, well written review. But I just hate Brand New and wanted to punch you in the face for that sentence. But there's no hard feelings. Everyone has their differences. Does that make sense?

scorpiondeathlock (July 17, 2009)

flying at tree level is awesome. id love to see them play songs 2 and 4 of the new album demos.

crotchrot (July 17, 2009)

the opening sentence to this shorted out my circuits.

lostandclowned (July 17, 2009)

Flying at Tree Level? Wow.

teaessare (July 17, 2009)

amazing set...i really wish i went to that Williamsburg show. that set looked even more amazing.

MrSnrub (July 17, 2009)

Score is for using the word "Jawn" in your review.

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