Brand New is one of those bands that people may not always talk about, but nonetheless sticks with many throughout the years. Whether it’s their deep lyrical content, their experimentation with a new sound for each album release, or simply the fact that because the band has not released a new studio album in nearly eight years, Brand New remains one of few bands whose music will never seem outdated nor irrelevant. The band is allegedly calling it quits in 2018, so with about a year left of their career as a band, here are our top 7 Brand New songs.
This seven-minute monster from the iconic The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me tells the story of a seven year old girl who died in a limousine crash due to a collision with a drunk driver. The lyrical content follows the aftermath in the perspective of both her parents, as well as culprit’s. Nothing is more heartbreaking than the death of a young child, especially if it was easily preventable.
6) “At The Bottom”
From what may be considered their most experimental album in terms of instruments and vocals, every line of this song couldn’t be more relatable. From the lyric, We never are what we intend or invent, to Some men die under the mountain just looking for gold, some are looking for a hand to hold, the entire song addresses the thoughts that every human being has from time to time, specifically when it comes to feeling like you’re at the very bottom.
5) “Seventy Times Seven”
“Seventy Times Seven” is a fan-favorite from Brand New’s debut album Your Favorite Weapon. Catchy and full of spite, telling someone “f-ck you” is written all over in this song, especially in the lines Have another drink and drive yourself home; I hope there’s ice on all the roads; And you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt and again when your head goes through the windshield.
4) “Jesus Christ”
From legendary album The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, “Jesus Christ” is a song that makes the feeling of loneliness more apparent than ever. Similar to “At The Bottom” as discussed earlier in this list, this track addresses the darker aspects of maturity, uncertainty, and solitude.
3) “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot”
Similar to “Jesus Christ” in terms of sound, this Brand New provides a great mix of rock and acoustic musical elements. Possibly about sacrificing your own happiness for someone else, one of the best lines is inarguably: Call me a safe bet, I’m betting I’m not.
2) “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades”
Let me first start out by saying that this song starts out slow, giving off more than a seductive and sexy vibe. When you first pay attention to the lyrics, it definitely makes references to losing one’s virginity; but take an even closer look and you’ll realize what distinguishes this song from others with the common theme of “losing innocence,” is that this time, it’s the woman who is the dominant one. Ultimately, the scenario that this song paints gives a new spin on the classic “pressuring a nervous girl to have sex for the first time.”
1) “Okay, I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t”
Another Brand New song that allegedly refers to the same feud addressed in “Seventy Times Seven,” this track from Deja Entendu starts out slow in the beginning and builds up to its catchy chorus that is more than fun to jump and sing along to at a concert. The lyrical content in this song not only addresses cheating in a relationship, but it is also reflects on how the drama and aftermath still lurks in the present.
“The Shower Scene,” “The No Seatbelt Song,” “I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light,” “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows,” “Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die,” “Millstone,” “You Won’t Know,” “Not The Sun,” “Luca,” “Handcuffs,” “Gasoline,” “Degausser,” “Vices,” “Archers”