Brand New are not releasing an album this year, despite some teasing and new songs that hinted at the contrary. In a statement that the band has just shared, they announced that, while they did plan on putting out a new record this year, they are changing their plans: “While there exists a collection of songs that, right now, some would call fit to be an album, to us it is not complete enough, refined enough, or edited thoroughly enough to be something we would call finished or essential.”
The band also revealed that on their upcoming fall tour with the Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball, they will be playing their landmark album The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me in full to celebrate its 10th anniversary, though they’ll also play songs from their other albums as well.
Read their statement below.
To whom it may concern,
First, an apology. At some point previous, we, Brand New, admitted our plans to release a record this year. These plans were authentic, but we are changing them. While there exists a collection of songs that, right now, some would call fit to be an album, to us it is not complete enough, refined enough, or edited thoroughly enough to be something we would call finished or essential. Brand New will not release a record in 2016.
Secondly, we have been reminded that this fall will mark the tenth year since the release of our third album, The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me. It is an important record and piece of work to us, and one that ten years later we still use as a measuring post with which we compare the music we make now. So we have decided that on the upcoming fall tour, which begins on October 13, we will be performing the record, each night, in its entirety. It will be included within a larger set of songs, and will not exclude us playing music from other albums, or new music, nightly.
What’s left should be a strange demise, but hopefully one as loud and as fun as the rest of our time together has been. All are invited. Please send flowers.
Sincerely, Brand New
— Brand New (@brandnewrock) September 26, 2016
I can’t say that I’m surprised! And judging by the “strange demise” part, it looks like they’re still planning on calling it quits in 2018.
Revisit our list of the 10 Best Brand New Songs or check out “Staring Down The End With Brand New At Madison Garden,” a recent review of their live show.