When you have the cult status that Brand New has, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Tour when you want. Play where you want. Do what you want.
Fans will come to shows, no matter the distance. They will buy tickets, buy albums, buy anything with the band's name on it. The Long Island, N.Y., emo band is at unfathomable level of prominence, to say the least, with a sense of mystery about them. Last here in April 2011, three years stood between local fans and their last Brand New experience. Tickets for last night's show went on sale Feb. 6 and sold out within minutes.
This time around, the band played a 15-song set that drew from every album. It heavily favored more recent releases, with only five songs from its first two albums,Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu, arguably the band's most popular release. Frontman Jesse Lacey didn't address the sold-out crowd until 20 minutes into its set. After a band introduction and a thank you for coming to the show, Lacey and Co. went right into "Okay I Believe You, but My Tommy Gun Don't" and pushed on.
With little crowd interaction, the lack of stoppages during the set furthered the idea of Brand New and its members being these almost mythical, if not legendary, characters that surface occasionally, play a show, then disappear back into hiding. The set was on point and the veteran band of 14 years showed why it is as big a deal as it is, playing its songs very tight and enticing fans, who sang along to every song. The band also extended "Limousine and "You Won't Know," segueing the latter into a verse from The Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie."
Lacey, who turned 36 yesterday, played solo on the last song of the evening, "Soco Amaretto Lime," ironically singing "I'm gonna stay eighteen forever." With no encore to follow, the repeated line "You're just jealous cause we're young and in love" served as the show's last hurrah, before Lacey put his guitar down, leaving the crowd with feedback from his amp and a wave goodbye.
3. At the Bottom
4. You Stole
5. Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades
6. I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light
7. Okay I Believe You, but My Tommy Gun Don't
8. Seventy Times 7
9. Sowing Season
11. Limousine (MS Rebridge) - Extended Outro
12. Jesus Christ
14. You Won't Know (Louie, Louie interpretation)
15. Soco Amaretto Lime