Because her lips taste like a loaded gun and I’m her number one chalk outline on the floor.


I wrote about Brand New’s Deja Entendu and The Ataris’ So Long, Astoria for a feature for ATP about albums turning 10 this year which should 400% be taken on tour.

“If you went through your teenage growing pains without Deja Entendu, I feel bad for you now, bro. It was – still is – the manual on‘The Art of Growing Up’; love, loss, sex, selfishness, insecurity, arrogance and everything in between that comes hand in hand with the overwhelming self-consciousness that begins in your pre-teens and continues pretty much forever.

Like so many others who hit high school with the turn of the millennium, this record is intrinsically woven into memories of my adolescence, and with that comes a wistful montage of sickly clichés; For what felt like years it was the soundtrack to every sleepover, the noise that poured from the windows at every house party, the lamentable life-lesson learned by that one friend who drank so much before the Brand New show in ’04 she fell asleep inside the venue and missed their whole set…”

Read in full here.

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As many of you do, I have a small list of bands which I call ‘my favorite band’. Brand New is number one every single time. First band to tell a whole lot of people that it’s okay to feel bad- it’s what most people do most a lot of their days.

On a weird note, I have 8:45  inked on my collarbone for two years now as an ode to ‘Jude Law And A Semester Abroad’.


Today, the band is deliberately laying low, touring and recording sporadically and granting few press interviews. Brand New booked studio time in April, and its members took advantage of it — but usually not together. “You start to lose that whole idea that it’s important for our band to be known as this entity. And we put a lot more importance on our individual fulfillment, really,” Lacey says. “In some ways a band can be limiting, especially after being in it for 10 to 12 years. It really has become a lot more about the friendship and the families we have with each other — and the idea that we can’t do this much longer.”

So what’s the band’s future? “Brand New is always going to be Brand New — I don’t think we’re ever going to say, ‘Hey, we’re never going to record a record again,’ ” Lacey continues. “But at the same time, there were things in the course of the band that we weren’t looking ahead to what the next record was going to be.” (via)