Photos by Clarissa Villondo
Brand New is breaking up. Probably. Maybe. If you listen to their newest album Science Fiction, it really does feel that way. They’re tying up loose ends and bringing themes they kicked off in Your Favorite Weapon to a close. That feeling of finality permeated their Hippodrome show, from the opening lines of “Lit Me Up” to the closing shouts of “Soco Amaretto Lime”. In that way, the venue choice made sense. Looking at their tour schedule, it seems as if every stop is a seated venue. That’s because you’re not going to a Brand New concert, you’re going to The Brand New Experience. The Final Brand New Experience.
There was a confusing screen that made it look like the entire band was in jail. There were amazing and delightful projections, ranging from neon framed videos of the band, to colorful abstract shapes. Vinnie Accardi solidified himself as the best dancer in the band. And Jesse Lacey wore khakis. I don’t know if anything highlights the delightful absurdity of Brand New better than that. No matter how many heartbreaking, guttural and depression inducing songs Lacey and crew write, that fool is still going to show up looking like a PTA member. God, I’m going to miss them.