I remember Brand New as this really sort of emo pop punk band. But this album starts off with this weird recording of someone talking about a dream in therapy which is blended into some great horror movie guitars. And then into these almost sad wave goth keyboard heavy track. I bet sad wave is a thing and I bet it rules. OK sure there’s some elements of the old school Brand New, the band I hated, but Science Fiction is quite a ways from any of the stuff I initially heard. Mainly because it doesn’t make me want to put something else on the second it starts.
If the music was a little different Same Logic/Teeth could fit in one of their old albums. I wouldn’t call this album emo or whatever the fuck you could call them. The more intense rocking tracks are more like some fine neo grunge stuff. Great solos, depth, and harmony make this an album that draws me in. But there’s still a looming anxiety to it. With this project/folly, I end up dipping into older stuff from the artist, but I still can’t listen to old Brand New at all. Instead of listening to an older album by those guys right now I’m listening to some ridiculous pop music.
I’ve been putting off this review because I don’t know what to make of Science Fiction.* It’s a brooding, keyboard heavy, rock album that sounds good. It’s not the feel good album of the year at all. Even Brand New are are adults now and still having to deal with this emotions bullshit. Damn. There’s a few references to drowning or being underwater, the fact that life can be overwhelming. An oft repeated sentiment I see is when you’re a kid you thought that being adult was being able to deal with life, but now that you’re an adult you can barely do that. I don’t want that reminder on my headphones, blasting from my boombox, when I’m on the train, when I’m sitting around kinda dazed from my fucked up schedule, when I’m trying to get hyped up to try and go out and act normal. That’s why I listen to the music I like, to hype me up. But it’s kind of a relief to know that someone is trying to keep their shit together as well.
Can’t Get It Out
Goes good with: Whatever drink you use to self medicate. But not as much as you used to because you’re not aiming to get fucked up to have fun. You just need a fucking drink.
*Also I’ve been sleeping worse than usual. Plus just I mean look around.