Review — Brand New — Science Fiction


Artist: Brand New

Album: Science Fiction

Rating: 10/10



Brand New is an American rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Jesse Lacey (vocals, guitar), Vincent Accardi (guitar, vocals), Garrett Tierney (bass guitar, vocals), and Brian Lane (drums, percussion).

Brand New has released their fifth and potentially final album,“Science Fiction” to the masses, and to say or call this a great masterpiece by Jesse Lacey would be a huge understatement. I can say is I’m really at a huge loss of words when it comes to “Science Fiction because it can’t be compared to any other album of Brand New’s discography. “Science Fiction” is Brand New’s first new studio album since 2009’s Daisy.

This album is based alot into a hopeless wander and one main ingredient of reverence: Hope. The hope of making it out. The hope of no matter how far down, you can be pulled out of your hopelessness. The thing is, we can never lose hope, it’s what keeps us human beings. Without hope, we, the human race would be nothing, and that’s Brand New’s only intention to portray in “Science Fiction” that’s nothing but clear. 

The first track on “Science Fiction” to speak to me is “Desert” which has some unexpected aggressive vocals, the vocals were unexpected because of the almost calm approach throughout the album.

“Can’t Get It Out” is a stand out track to behold. While still solemn, it still bring the traditional Brand New, vocally and lyrically as well. It’s just a soft easy track to enjoy.

The track “451” has some bluesy work in the instrumentation, But the chorus hits and it sounds like a whole ‘burn it down’ anthem. Jesse Lacey’s vocals are really belted out it this track, as he screams,

“A million suns wont fill you up, you can’t see the wine flowing over your cup.”

The guitar solo really delivers and seems to intensify the longer it goes to a full out breakdown. While the vocals continue to belt with more intensity.

This is a solid release by Brand New, diving into ideas such as, void of existing, spiraling out of control, melancholy, and some introspective lyrics.

“Science Fiction” has a cerebral flow to it, especially if you’ve lost the fire of youth and are embracing old age, like most of us still listening because we know good music and Brand New will always be on that list and has been since “Am I Wrong” first accidentally played on my Pandora. It was a surprise that I had already been listening to them, “Sic Transit Gloria, Glory Fades” was always stuck in my head. “…the tickle of, the taste of..”

“Waste” is a refreshing Brand New track that they’ve built upon with some simple melodies, acoustic strums and a less aggressive go at it.

Overall, it’s obvious that Brand New is all about slow-dragging, soul-searing tracks throughout “Science Fiction” and Jesse Lacey’s easygoing vocals round it all together. But, while there are a couple of aggressive tracks the slow solemn approach suits the albums very nicely and keeps a good pace that doesnt lose the listener. I don’t think any other band could have pulled it off the same. So if you are a Brand New fan, Do not and I repeat, Do not miss this album. It’s really quite something to behold. “Science Fiction” is available today!





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