Brand New – single and tour

I actually believe that middle-aged angst is more genuine and immediate than the early-life variety that most of us leave behind sometime after college.

Brand New, a band well-versed in the disenchantment of Gen X nihilism, returned last year with a caustic new single “Mene” and dropped an official release of the long-circulated Leaked Demos 2006 earlier this year.

Now, on the verge of a tour with Modest Mouse, Brand New unleash “I Am A Nightmare” on an unsuspecting world busy debating about Donald Trump, Blake Lively and other innocuous entertainment drivel.

3:20 of romantic miscreantry.

“I am a nightmare and you are a miracle.”

“Shake your zen out and give me pure energy.”

Yes! Indeed.

06-01-02 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre
06-04 Edmonton, Alberta – Union Hall
06-05 Calgary, Alberta – Macewan Hall Ballroom
06-06 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – O’Brians Event Centre
06-09-10 Toronto, Ontario- Sound Academy
06-11 Montreal, Quebec – Olympia De Montreal
06-28 Magna, UT – Saltair *
06-29 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
07-01 Bonner Springs, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre *
07-02 Chicago, IL Firstmerit Bank, Pavilion *
07-03 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre *
07-05 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
07-06 Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheater *
07-08 Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater *
07-09 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre *
07-10 Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheater *
07-12 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07-14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *
07-15 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center *
07-16 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts *
07-19 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater *
07-21 Tulsa, OK – Bok Center *
07-22 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Field *
07-23 Del Valle, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater *
07-25 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theater *
07-26 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre *
07-27 Inglewood, CA – The Forum *
07-28 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theater *
07-30 Seattle, WA – Keyarena *
07-31 Portland, OR – Moda Center *

A Throwback Worth Throwing Back For

Brand New at FillmoreI have been on a bit of a losing streak recently when it comes to seeing bands from my youth some 10 years past their prime. While most of these shows – but not all – had been of the anniversary/reunion-type, they did all have another thing in common – they were extremely disappointing.

– The Ataris’ “So Long Astoria” 10 year anniversary tour earlier this year, of which Ryan posted about in March (I saw them in DC, and my review would not have been as kind as Ryan’s)

– Thursday’s “Full Collapse” 10 year anniversary tour back in 2010

– Jealous Sound’s “Kill Them With Kindness” 10 year anniversary tour in 2013

So much so that I had begun to question a couple things. Yes, whether they were worth my time and money. But more importantly, whether they were harming the memories from my youth of seeing the same bands. There is something unsettling about seeing someone on their last leg trying for one last gasp, whether it be a musician, athlete, politician, etc.

So I was necessarily skeptical about seeing my all-time favorite band – Brand New – at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. Would this just be a repeat – a band from my youth trying their best to stay relevant, despite evidence to the contrary?

No, this was not an anniversary show. But Brand New has been one of the most enigmatic bands of the last decade and a half – touring when/where they want, going silent for long stretches of time and reappearing without any new material, refusing to give interviews, being detached and cold with audiences and fans. So it was anybody’s guess what to expect.

They did not disappoint. This was the 5th time that I had seen Brand New live, and their performance end up trailing only a 2003 show at the House of Blue Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA.

Touring without new material is often a hit for audiences – you are assured to hear songs from whatever your favorite album may be, rather than half the setlist being compiled of tracks nobody knows. That was the case here. Brand New played a well-rounded mix from 3 of their 4 studio albums, with debut album “Your Favorite Weapon” being the odd man out.

See below for a setlist.