Brand New

The best thing about New York band Brand New is their ability to cut and paste the good parts of everything from punk to grunge and even plain ol’ rock ‘n’ roll and stitch them all together. The twangy guitar interlude of “Be Gone” sets things up for “Sink,” which starts with a foot-stompin’ blues blast that builds into a Nirvana-style feedback eruption. There are hints of Neutral Milk Hotel and Modest Mouse in the powerful “At the Bottom” as frontman Jesse Lacey sings, “Think something dark’s living down in my heart/And if I wanted to die before I got old/I should have started some years ago diggin’ that hole.” It’s strange, complex, and startlingly original.

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