Brand New/Safety In Numbers - split CD (Cover Artwork)

Brand New / Safety In Numbers

Brand New/Safety In Numbers: split CDsplit CD (2002)
Triple Crown Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Brand New. There's not much of a bigger buzz band out there right now. This band has toured the country something like 3 or 4 times now in about a year, each time with increasingly bigger draw. They were slated to put out this split CD with Reggie and the Full Effect last year but it fell through.

Brand New. There's not much of a bigger buzz band out there right now. This band has toured the country something like 3 or 4 times now in about a year, each time with increasingly bigger draw. They were slated to put out this split CD with Reggie and the Full Effect last year but it fell through. This time last year, this would've sold tons of copies just for new Reggie songs. As it stands, this will sell just as many copies because it has Brand New on it - that's how popular they're getting. So as Brand New gets bumped up to the A side, as it were, a new band takes the B side - Safety In Numbers. Safety In Numbers is Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit's side project. The band also features Jake, the drummer of the New Amsterdams.

Brand New gets to go first on this EP, and they make good use of it, showing the world why they have all this nonstop buzz about them. The first track, "Moshi Moshi," demonstrates the band's ability to write one hell of a two and a half minute, catchy pop-punk song. The downside is that, while the majority of their debut album "Your Favorite Weapon" sounded a bit too polished, especially on vocals, this track sounds too underproduced The bass is barely audible, and overall the mix is very muddy. It sounds like the song was recorded in a basement somewhere. It's a shame, because the song really rocks live. Their other track is a cover of "Am I Wrong?" by Love Spit Love.

Who the fuck is Love Spit Love?


The cover shows Brand New's ability to switch from some high-energy pop-punk to more moody, brooding numbers. I don't know if this band could ever play this song live [it features a *lot* of piano and other more orchestral stuff], but it sounds great here on CD.

Safety In Numbers is up next. They have the dreaded task of following up a great band on a split. This is no fun for a band [see my review of the Jimmy Eat World/Jebediah split for further elaboration]. Safety In Numbers does a respectable job with their tracks, but nothing more. Their first, an original called "No Use," sounds very much like the earlier Hot Rod Circuit material. I read that Andy started this project so he could persue musicial endeavors outside of HRC - he hasn't really succeed with this yet. The other track is a cover of Journey's "Faithfully," and it's a blast to listen to. It comes close to outshining the Brand New songs, but not close enough.

So is the split worth your money, since that's what you're all wondering. Well, it does come in a cool slimline case with really neat artwork, and the CD itself is partially clear [ala NOFX's "The Decline"]. Is it still worth the 7 or 8 bucks you're going to have to shell out for it? That depends on how big of a fan of the bands you are. Rumor has it this split CD is a "limited edition," so you might want to pick one up before you see Brand New hosting Total Request Live.

And you will.

Brand New - Moshi Moshi [clip]


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
ego100 (April 22, 2002)

Old punker is funny...

Anonymous (April 20, 2002)

Hating Brand New is like hating yourself.

Anonymous (April 16, 2002)

Least intelligent? Why because i corrected your information, you really do need help. Is this how you have gone through your life when people have corrected you? -oldpunker

Anonymous (April 16, 2002)

hey when doves cry or whatever your name is ,oldpunker is one of the only ones with any intelligence on this site, Im glad he is around,just to remind people like you how ridiculous you all are.

whendovescry (April 15, 2002)

Old punker, I find you the least intelligent person that frequents this site.

Old? Your comments show you are 14, decked out in baggy PONY t-shirts and jerk off to fake Britney Spears nude photos.

Anonymous (April 15, 2002)

Love spit love is not even together anymore,"newest project from richard butler"hello people, love spit love formed seven years ago and they are not even together anymore. This worries me when people sit hear writing reviews and their knowledge of the scene is lacking. Before someone else says "who the fuck is? " do your research. As for the cd in? Very good-oldpunker

whendovescry (April 14, 2002)

Love Spit Love is the newest project from the former front man of The Psychodelic Furs. The song "Am I Wrong?" is featured on the Angus soundtrack along with the legendary "J.A.R." by Greenday.

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