Ian Cohen | September 13, 2017
it’s clear Brand New put as much effort into reproducing Science Fiction in a live setting as they did making it. When I’ve seen them in the past, there was typically a percussionist thrown in, maybe a third guitarist on songs like “Sowing Season (Yeah).” Brand New were a sextet for the entirety of the set, including Kevin Devine on guitar and backup vocals. The frequent collaborator and Procrastinate! Music Traitors recording artist certainly earned his keep by guiding Lacey back to the correct lyric when he flubbed a line on “Can’t Get It Out” (the “not just a manic depressive” one! The most important one!). And then they padded out to seven for Science Fiction’s more expansive songs; Brand New are a band that needs a guy who can play a mandolin now.