Anna Gaca // October 20, 2017
Brand New played Kings Theatre in Brooklyn last night. I went because I thought it was probably my final first chance ever to see them: Between some t-shirt designs and cryptic statements, most fans of the unassailable Long Island emo punks are convinced that next year will be their last. Given the way a lot of people feel about this band, I expected airless desperation, possibly weeping.
It wasn’t like that. Why should it be? Years of lying low built them up, and right now Brand New are triumphant. Science Fiction, their first new album in seven years, has been hailed as perhaps their best. It notched an unexpected number-one debut this fall, the first independent album to do so in 2017. Their record presale sold out, and then their tour sold out, and this—Flatbush—is the closest they’ve come to a hometown show since.