August 18, 2017 | Andrew Sacher
The promise of a new Brand New album seemed less and less real over the long eight years that passed since 2009’s Daisy. They kept teasing and delaying one, but were showing so many signs of a band nearing its end: playing classic albums in full on tour, releasing and reworking old demos, and only releasing under ten minutes of new music in those eight years. Not to mention one of their mysterious teasers actually seemed to threaten that they’d break up in 2018 (which is still possible). So it’s pretty crazy that Brand New not only finally released Science Fiction, the name of their new proper full-length, but that it’s really fucking good.
With the delays and teases that Brand New fans had to endure — especially when a fanbase is this rabid (like, say, Radiohead’s or Tool’s) — the anticipation for this album was through the roof. It’s nearly impossible for these long-awaited albums to live up to whatever crazy expectations fans set for them, which makes it even more remarkable that Science Fiction is an effortlessly enjoyable, intense listen.