,Though it’s official release date isn’t until 22nd September, there are a few websites floating around that are ready to stream Brand New’s fourth release, Daisy. If you know where to look, it’s a pretty simple task to get your hands upon it and devour before your pre-ordered copy drops through your postbox.
The band made their name through catchy, poppy, angsty emo songs, with some of the most beautifully crafted hateful lyrics. If you’ve ever heard ‘Jude Law…’ you’ll know what I mean (‘Don’t apologise/I hope you choke and die’, for example). Since those days they’ve moved on, however. Which is the minimum that you’d expect from a band on their forth album.
Their sound has predictably matured, and the band sound like they’ve managed to achieve what they’ve always wanted to – Daisy is a swirling mix of moody, atmospheric music. As opposed to the early comparisons in their career (which, admitedly was due to them having a rivalry) with Taking Back Sunday, since their last album they have increasingly strived to sound more like Sonic Youth. Of course, they’re far from a carbon copy of SY, and on a technical level they’ll never match up to Lee Randolo and co., but this latest offering is far more likely to appeal to fans of the no-wave godfathers. The band probably cringe when they have to play the crowd pleasing pop songs of their early career, so noticable is the change.
Thankfully, Jesse Lacey is still the ball of hate he always has been, and having seen Brand New perform a month or so ago, they’re still an engaging live act – even if the crowd only really react to the older stuff. The soundbite lyrics are still there – you’ve just got to listen a bit closer to hear them. There are no standout singles on the album, despite the fact that ‘At the bottom’ has already been released. This tells more of the consistent quality and depth of the album rather than a lack of it – the band have clearly poured their all into this. questions may remain over whether their mercurial frontman has the temperament for another album or whether their core fanbase will really take to this new direction in the long term, but as a stand-alone album, Daisy is a great piece of work.
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