For years, Brand New didn’t allow photographers at their shows. I’ve never heard the clear, actual reason for why they never allowed photographers. Their shows were filled with light that photographers would love. In 2014, Brand New had security push me out of the pit last minute in Richmond. At Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday, they performed with Modest Mouse and allowed professional photographers during their 90-minute set. I was able to complete another emo revival, bucket list concert shoot. (Past ones included Taking Back Sunday and Say Anything.) I took more photos of Jesse Lacey than anyone else. I’m not ashamed.
Brand New performed a mix from all four of their albums, including “Gasoline,” “Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades” and “Jesus Christ.” They also played their newer songs “I Am a Nightmare” and “1996”. Jesse Lacey and Vincent Accardi performed “Play Crack the Sky.” Brand New ended their set with “You Won’t Know.” The last visual during their set said “BRAND NEW 2000 – 2018.” While everyone thought that this meant they were done when new merchandise was released with the phrase, Jesse Lacey said that they aren’t done. Then, he said that they were done during this tour. Jesse is confusing. If 2018 is their last year as a band, we can only hope they tour more.
Modest Mouse also played a full 90 minute set, in which photographers were allowed to take photos the entire time. Finally, bands that understand professional photographers know how to be just that, professional.