Music Review: Brand New  - “I Am a Nightmare”

For roughly 600,000 people (according to Spotify), Christmas came early this year.

On Tuesday, Brand New, the alt-rock band from Long Island, New York, who helped put emo on the map in the early 2000’s, released their first new single since April 2015.

For other bands, a 13-month gap between new material wouldn’t really garner a reaction.
But for Brand New, whose last studio album, Daisy, came out back in 2009, it’s the shortest window between singles we’ve seen since “Jude Law and a Semester Abroad” (2002) and “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” (2003).

 Ah, 2003. When you could get away with promo pictures like this unironically.

Ah, 2003. When you could get away with promo pictures like this unironically.

But there’s another reason this particular release is sparking excitement among fans: It seems to be more of a return to the band’s pop-punk roots.

With the distinctive lead guitar riff, tight harmonies and self-deprecating lyrics (I’m not a prophecy come true/I’ve just been goddamn mean to you), the song feels more like a bonus track from 2001's Your Favorite Weapon than a product of the same band who released “At The Bottom” as the lead single on their last full-length album.

The other hype-generating piece in all this comes from the track’s accompanying press release, specifically the part stating the song was “taken from the band’s upcoming release.”

Assuming “upcoming” means “this year,” fans of one of the most reclusive and interesting bands in alt-rock could have three reasons to celebrate Christmas in 2016. |ES|

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