Rock band Brand New’s infrequent musical output has frustrated fans to no end.
It’s been seven years since Daisy. Ten since Devil and God.
(Let that sink in).
Like an overlapping harmony, longtime Brand New fans lovingly obsess and revoltingly resent the Long Island quartet. I do too. There’s the waiting for new material, there are the mixed messages via merchandise, there is the complete and utter lack of communication (except for, of course, when they have something repurposed to sell).
It’s not uncommon for bands to keep private before releasing new music. The problem is that Brand New dangles the idea of new music in front their fans, but then never delivers. Playing coy for the sake of building interest is one thing. Lying to fans is another thing altogether.
Brand New is basically the deadbeat dad who missed our birthday party. Seven years in a row.
We forgive them because we love them and we can’t help it.
Nevertheless, it’s easy to forget— with our insatiable Brand New appetites — that there actually is new Brand New music out there. No full album but singles, live tracks, mastered and reworked demos have all surfaced, both officially and unofficially, over the last couple years.
So for the sake of therapy let’s review what we have so far.
Rating the Recent Stuff
Mene – Single (2015)
It’s not that “Mene” is a bad song. Underwhelming, maybe. Flippant, perhaps. But fun, frenetic and probably best heard live. The problem with “Mene” was that it was the first song after six years of radio silence. Fans had expectations. It’s probably true that no song could’ve satisfied the cravings of a rabid fan base. But still. Six years was a long time to wait for a song that sounds like it took 15 minutes to make. (more…)