Word and Photos by Amber James

Some bands when you watch them play, it’s a show and then there’s others where it’s a complete experience. Brand New is one of those bands. You’re not simply watching a performance, you’re watching an experience, an experience that for most fans is a deeply emotional experience.

If you thought you wouldn’t be feeling some sort of way right off the bat, well, Jesse Lacey and company had a different plan in mind. Opening with ‘Soco Amaretto Lime’, Lacey emerged onstage by himself at first telling the sold out crowd at the Sound Academy in Toronto that he was going to stay eighteen forever.

From there, a few songs off of Daisy were played such as ‘Gasoline’ and ‘You Stole’ but soon it came time for the first epic singalong portion of the night. Starting off with a favorite off of The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, ‘Degausser’, the crowd erupted into a thousands strong singalong which didn’t let down for a few songs as it was time for the Deja Entendu portion of the evening. With songs like ‘Sic Transit Gloria’, ‘The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows’ and ‘I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t’ played back to back with the new single ‘I Am A Nightmare’ thrown in, it’d be a miracle if you had any voice left.

Fear not, songs from Devil and God are up next so maybe you’d been pacing your singing along for the night. Because if you’re not singing along with Jesse to ‘Sowing Season’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ have you really lived? Finishing up their set with ‘Limousine’, it wasn’t long before they returned to the stage for the encore. And that’s when, if you had any semblance of voice left, you lost it all yelling to one of the all time emo anthems in ‘Seventy Times 7’.


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I should've been born during the era of 80's glam rock. Pikachu whisperer. Live by the pickleback, die by the pickleback. Caffeine runs in my veins.


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