Marked Melody

April 16, 2009

Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

Filed under: Alternative — Alisa Hathaway @ 6:50 pm


Unlike many of the bands I’ve reviewed so far, you’ve probably heard of Brand New. And if you haven’t, keep reading…

Brand New formed just outside of New York City in 2000 by frontman Jesse Lacey, Garrett Tierney, and Brian Lane out of the ashes of a post-hardcore band called The Rookie Lot.  Brandon Reilly and Vincent Accardi joined with them to create Brand New.

They released their first album in 2001, titled Your Favorite Weapon.  The album was all about breakups and sticking it to friends that betray you; it had this kind of youthful,  New Found Glory attitude to it that made it fun to listen to.

They followed up that success with 2003’s Deja Entendu. The album was darker, more intense, and generally more grown up, but it still retained the post-hardcore alt rock that they established in the beginning. Songs included more serious subject matter like female to male rape in “Sic Transit Gloria (Glory Fades)” and loveless marriage in “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows.”

This brings us to their third album, The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, released in 2006. If you can glean anything from that title, they continued going to much deeper, darker places that are still universal amoung teenagers and young adults. Standout songs include “Jesus Christ,” about wondering whether or not you’ll get to heaven or hell when you die, and “The Archers Bows Have Broken,” about religion’s abuse of people. If Your Favorite Weapon was about broken friendship and Deja Entendu was about hurtful love, The Devil and God… are Lacey’s exploration of the downfall of religion.

I know this CD isn’t as current as some of the others I’ve brought to your attention, but I thought it deserved some attention for its thematic excellence.  Definitely give the newest record a listen if you’re a fan of Bright Eyes or Taking Back Sunday.

Also, you can usually catch Brand New playing supergiant arenas alongside acts like Dashboard Confessional, mewithoutYou, and again, Taking Back Sunday.

Here are some lyrics from “The Archers Bows Have Broken.”

Order your daughters to ignore me, think that will sort me
And sweep me under the rug.
And a beating with a book, everyone
The book tells you to love.
There is an ember in the heart of the kiln
And its burning hot with love,
Burning out my sins until there’s nothing but dust,
Holding me with care into your cigarette
‘Cause the God I believe in never worked on a campaign trail.

Here are a few other reviews of the album: (only read if you’re familiar with Brand New’s previous albums)
Rolling Stone

Also, here’s a video of the band performing “Jesus” on Letterman. Letterman?! Letterman.




  1. this was boring, unoriginal and trite.

    Comment by ryan — December 9, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

  2. No it wasnt. It was good. Good review. Good album 🙂

    Comment by Kat — April 28, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

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