Science Fiction (Procrastinate! Music Traitors)
Driven by some of their most honest and provocative songwriting, Brand New’s dark and dreary swansong is the perfect bullet in their 18-year trip from poppunk underdogs to bonafide rock icons. Its acoustic-heavy dynamics ebb and flow between melancholy and madness, from the sludgy, slow-burning Waste to the filthy, fiery blues rock resplendency of 451. Vincent Accardi and Jesse Lacie employ their most concientious fretwork here. Hints of the band’s hypermelodic origins shine on Can’t Get It Out and No Control. Same Logic/ Teeth, 137 and In The Water are little rock operas of their own: fun-sized Floydian trips doused in experimental quips and guitar solos that echo some of the most riveting in classic rock. Eight years on from Daisy and almost 18 from their inception, Brand New have crafted an enigmatic emo jewel: lightning in a bottle: mopey, manic lightning. M.D.