If you wanted an idea of how varied my musical tastes were reflect back to my last music post on Friday and compare to today’s. Different worlds almost right? It’s good to enjoy a wide multitude of things. When I heard Brand New was releasing new music for the first time in six years, I was stoked. I grew up in the early oughts (I hate that’s how we say the decade) and will always have a soft spot for the angsty pop-punk music that dominated the airwaves during that time. Déjà Entendu ranks amongst my favorite albums still and “Jesus Christ” is one of the top played songs on my iTunes. It’s safe to say I love Brand New and have for a while. It’s good to have them back.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Daisy, Brand New’s most recent release in 2009. I wished the band would go back more to their roots. It seems in “Mene” they have traveled back that direction. There’s the angst, wrath, and punk tones of previous albums. Of course, Brand New still ruminates on big unanswerable questions such as life and death in their lyrics. (Doing some research I found “Mene” means the writing on the wall/inevitable doom and is biblical based, so no surprise there.)
This isn’t a song for everybody. The only way to describe “Mene” is ferocious and brash. A typical Brand New disillusioned angst sound. From the first note it has set a steady beat that never calms down. I can already tell you that this will be getting put in the rotation of my more adrenaline pumping work out playlist. The guitar driven beat has a thundering rhythm that is perfect to keep pace to.
Stop teasing us Brand New and let us know if “Mene” is a stand alone single or if we can anticipate a new album. The people want to know. One thing I definitely know is that “Mene” will be a fan favorite at live shows because of the repetitive “we don’t feel anything” line that they can yell out.
What song are you totally digging this week?
Until next time,