Emo's finest rock band delivers another epic set in support of what could be their final album
BY BEN KAYE ON OCTOBER 20, 2017
It’s strange to think that my first time at the gorgeous Brooklyn Kings Theatre could be my last time seeing the infallibly excellent Brand New. If that’s how it ends up being scrawled in the books, then it certainly won’t be reflected upon in disappointment. Still, after seeing that grand, majestic ceiling, I imagine I’ll be back to that venue someday soon. And after witnessing last night’s insane performance from one of the best-yet-still-niche bands out there, it’s hard to envision this being anywhere near their final show.
The last year has been wrought with half-confirmed, constantly hinted-at speculation that Brand New will split up in 2018. Jesse Lacey has said so himself in veiled terms, and it’s been printed all over their merch (which, it’s worth noting, is not available for sale on this tour leg). Then came Science Fiction, the Long Island group’s fifth full-length, almost out of nowhere, arriving to near universal acclaim even as the shadow of “final album” hung over all the discussion.