When Brand New dropped their new and presumably final record Science Fiction last month, jaws dropped, heads spun, and all faith was restored. LP5 was the album that was promised but absent for nearly a decade, an album that embodies the lyrics, guitar hooks, and inside jokes that are so quintessential to the band whose routes are planted in Long Island.

Last week Vinyl Me, Please sat down with Geoff Rickly of Thursday and No Devotion to talk about their first impressions of Science Fiction and the legacy Brand New has developed over seventeen years together. Geoff recalls the early days when he lived in a punk house in New Jersey that hosted bands like the Movielife, Inside, and the Rookie Lot — the original incarnation of Brand New.


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Along with host and longtime Brand New fan Tyler Barstow, Geoff recounts listening to each of the band’s records, from Your Favorite Weapon (2001) through Science Fiction (2017) for the first time. Together, the pair attempts to deconstruct Jesse Lacey, his lyrics, the mysticism, the disappearing acts, and the unparalleled impact this band has had on a growing music scene.

By the end of the episode, they reach the conclusion most of us have: that Science Fiction is a near perfect summation of all that is Brand New, an album that will only be fully unpacked and understood with the essence of time. “There’s nothing not to like about this record” Geoff Rickly declares, listing “Lit Me Up,” “Waste,” “Same Logic/Teeth” and “In the Water” as his current favorites on Science Fiction.


You can listen to the “Science Fiction and the End of Brand New” episode on Vinyl Me, Please with Geoff Rickly below:



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On September 9th, Brand New will play their first show of the year at High & Low Festival in San Benardino, California. They will embark on their fall tour in October.



Get Science Fiction on vinyl, CD, or through digital download HERE.

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