Day 129: Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

7 Jul

Limousine (MS Rebridge)

Look at the title of this record.  I mean really look at it.  Now that’s deep.  As a seventeen-year-old, I’ve definitely never heard anything like that before.  It’s so thought provoking, so amazing.  It’s like Brand New in my brain.

It’s hard to convey sarcasm over the internet.  Imagine one of the biggest eye rolls you’ve ever seen while reading that previous paragraph–that should adequately express the tone that I was trying to convey.

Yeah, when you name your record The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, you’re already off to a bad start in my eyes.  I don’t respond well to that angry teen bs.  Well, most of the time anyway.

Believe it or not, this record is one of the exceptions.

Yes, that title is awful.  No way around that.  Devil and God is able to move around the awful name, though.  Lyrically, it’s pretty much exactly what I was expecting—melodramatic, angry expression of teenage emotions.  Musically, though, Brand New is pretty freaking good.

At first, I was a little skeptical.  Devil and God came off as a little heavy at first, a little metallic—something I’ve never been a fan of.  I quickly realized that, while Brand New make heavier music than I usually listen to, it’s still pretty good.   Fortunately, it’s nowhere near real metal, as the album came to reveal.

Honestly, I’m still not entirely sure why I like this.   Brand New sound like something you could hear on Q101, an awful radio station that specializes in “alternative” (read: nu-metal and fake screamo) that I am forced to listen to every now and then.  There’s undoubtedly a little more depth to this stuff though, as these guys obviously know how to put a decent song together.


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