Brand New streaming reinterpreted songs for 3 Demos, Reworked EP

Brand New 3 Demos, Reworked EP Jessy Lacey
Brand New 3 Demos, Reworked EP Jessy Lacey

New music from Long Island’s finest Brand New has always been an interesting development, especially with the band’s output dwindling in recent years. This week the band released the aptly titled 3 Demos, Reworked EP. The release can be streamed from BandCamp via the player below.

3 Demos, Reworked EP offers new takes on leaked demos

In 2005 Brand New wrote a number of songs which for various reasons never saw official release at the time. Three demos from these writing sessions were leaked the following year. Brand New released the demos on cassette in 2015 and the band have now re-recorded “Brother’s Song”, “Missing You” and “1996” for official release. The EP can be purchased via BandCamp. A 10″ black vinyl release with included digital download is available through the band’s own label Procrastinate! Music Traitors.

If you missed out on the original leaked tracks, known by fans as Fight Off Your Demons, they are included in the 3 Demos, Reworked EP. The original recording session featured Jesse Lacey’s experimentation with alternative instrumentation, inspired by bands such as Radiohead and U2. It seems the experimental nature has been toned down a little for the re-release. One example is the removal of the brooding synthesisers from second track “Missing You”. The third track “1996” was previously titled “Morrissey”. In the re-release Lacey takes the Morrissey references up another level with a very hammy impression of the Irish/English singer’s accent on the line:

“And how my ex-girlfriend was now sleeping with her fiancé”.

Brand New studio album on the way

Brand New released the “I Am a Nightmare” single back in May. The track was taken from their upcoming studio album, which is due out later this year. Their last album, 2009’s Daisy, was a raw and chaotic affair. In a recent interview the band said they have turned away from that approach. Their new music is reportedly more melodic and catchy, which I’m sure many older fans will be happy to hear.

Brand New 3 Demos, Reworked EP break-up
The Brand New merch release which sparked break-up rumours.

The forthcoming album could very well be their last release. In a curiously low-profile way of announcing a break-up, the band released merch (see above) earlier in the year with the words “Brand New 2000-2018”. With the band’s increasingly periods of inactivity the news is not terribly surprising. Lacey has a young daughter and his comments during a live show last year seem to suggest his family commitments are playing a role in the break-up.

 

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