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Inspired recently by some quality discussions in the Leaked Demos 2006 review thread concerning possible variations of the 2006 alt-rock classic The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, I decided to piece together this little beauty.  It’s not “The Best Possible Version of TDAG” – as in, the best demos subbed in for the worst album tracks – but rather: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me: Reimagined.  It’s what the album might have sounded like if they took a stripped back, acoustic approach.  I realize that (1) it is not better than the actual album and that (2) this is more or less just the 2006 Leaked Demos, but it provides an intriguing twist on the album’s overall aesthetic.  It’s got a (mostly) chilled out vibe, like TDAG stretched out as to feel less  abrasive, and more soothing/flowing/whimsical.  There are a handful of alternate takes on the traditional songs, and I feel like this works together exceptionally well as a cohesive whole, in the order I’ve selected below.  I’d encourage anyone who’s willing to go ahead and give this a listen.  If you’re not comfortable with it, and/or are not okay with listening to this band anymore, I understand – but for fans who still can’t tear themselves away from the music behind all the drama and misdoings – I do think that this will strike a chord that perhaps no other personally-curated Brand New playlist could.  Many of these songs are not available on Spotify or other streaming platforms, which is why I had to take the track-by-track approach here.  If you enjoy it as much as I do, I highly recommend a youtube to mp3 conversion site so that you can order the songs and listen to them transition into one another properly and uninterrupted.  Enjoy.

1) Good Man (Leaked Demo)

This has always made sense as an opener to me.  In lieu of alternate versions of Degausser, You Won’t Know, Limousine, etc., this obviously had to be included on TDAG Reimagined.

2) Sowing Season (Daisy Sessions, *edited out narration*)

This was a key cog in my whole operation.  You see, the Daisy Sessions acoustic version of Sowing Season has this annoying vocal layover narrating things – pulled from an interview with the band.  Aside from that, it’s a stunning track that is arguably better than the original.  I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this version that someone edited, removing the spoken narration to provide us with nothing but this gorgeous adaptation.

3) Millstone (Alternate Version)

For as big of a Brand New fan as I’ve always been, I only stumbled upon this recently.  This is Millstone in a haunting alternate dimension.  Highly recommend.  Also, I placed it between Sowing Season and Jesus, just as it would be on the normal tracklisting.

4) Jesus Christ (Daisy Sessions)

Nothing will ever top the original version of this song for me, but this is quite an enjoyable reimagining.  Seeing as I was trying to get as many of the original TDAG tracks on here, this was a nice find.

5) Missing You (3 Demos, Reworked)

Again, in lieu of proper “alternate takes” on a lot of the traditional TDAG songs, this demo needed to be included.  It’s originally from Leaked Demos 2006, but I chose to include the reworked version because I feel like it has better production and a little more oomph.  The chorus here is the catchiest thing the band has ever done.

6) 1996 (3 Demos, Reworked)

After the melodic bliss of Missing You, the twangy guitars and Morrissey-esque vocals of 1996 feels like the perfect follow-up.

7) Nobody Moves (2015 Rebridge)

Many people aren’t even aware that Nobody Moves was reworked in 2015.  The 2006 demo version is excellent as well, so I’d be okay with either version residing in this slot.  This is a top 10 Brand New song even though it never found its way onto an LP.  This works in the 7th spot as the emotional culmination of the entire experience, erupting after the gradual build set up by Missing You/1996.

8) Luca (Leaked Demo)

I never realized how gorgeous this version of Luca is.  Normally this falls in the 9th spot on the tracklist, but we’re one track shorter with TDAG Reimagined, so it lands here.  It feels like a stunningly beautiful landing spot after the intensity of Nobody Moves.

9) Brother’s Song (3 Demos, Reworked)

With the abundance of stripped-down tracks early on (Good Man, Sowing Season, Jesus), it makes sense for this to be the late album acoustic gem.  It works exceptionally well as a buffer between the atmospheric discordance that ends the Luca demo and the raw vocal sincerity that begins Battalions.

10) Battalions (Leaked Demos)

Ah, “Archers” jr.  The chorus melody is the same, but a lot of the verses are different.  Battalions always felt like a bit of a fade away jumper; it’s got this gorgeous melodic arc and it just feels like the end of an album.  It gets placed here as the proper closing track.  It ends kind of abruptly, so I padded it with something of a hidden post-gap, below.

11) TDAG Hidden Pre-Gap

As I stated this is mostly just a way to keep the album from stopping on a dime.  This is normally a hidden pre-gap on the real album, but I inverted it by placing it at the end.  I think it works just as well.

There you have it, TDAG Reimagined.  What do you think?

 





SowingSeason
02.13.19
In b4 "enough with this band already"

This goes out to the peeps from the Demos thread, hope you like.

Lucman
02.13.19
What an awesome idea. I'm always up for hearing one of my all-time favourites in a new light. Definitely going to download these and give them a proper spin.

Dewinged
02.13.19
enough with this band already [2] lol

SowingSeason
02.13.19
Thanks Lucman! There's honestly so many ways to use these demos/alternates. I have a playlist of all non-LP tracks too that I jam regularly. Let me know what you think!

And no problem Dewi, I wholeheartedly understand.

Dewinged
02.13.19
I was just kidding though ;)

letsgofishing
02.13.19
This is fun, but Degausser, You Won't Know and Limousine are the statement tracks on this record that catapults it to the legendary status that even makes such an alternative version fun to entertain. Without those tracks, kind of fells ehh to me.

I've just beenlistening to this live performance of the whole record recently. They reprise Tautou at the end of a monstrous You Won't Know and it is mind-melting.

letsgofishing
02.13.19
*feels.

Link to performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnAIblC_NLg

3waycrash
02.13.19
Really enjoyed listening through this as well as reading your descriptions. I do enjoy Brand New's "non-official" discography, but I liked that you were able to have it play out as a proper album listening experience. Will have to listen through again.

3waycrash
02.13.19
And Battalions does feel like a good track to close on, but like you I always felt like it just cut off and felt off whenever I listened through the Leaked Demos. The pre-gap does help, but still I wish there was more of a close to it. I say that as if this were an actual album or if it was meant to be a proper release from the band, but in all seriousness really like and appreciate what you did with this. Grateful for dedicated BN fans like yourself.

onionbubs
02.13.19
i have a playlist of a reimagined version where it's basically a double album with the lighter foyd songs as disc 1 and the darker songs as disc 2

onionbubs
02.13.19
this basically looks like the disc 1 of that pressed enter too early my bad

hypothetical reimagined version:
cd 1:
1. welcome to bangkok
2. not the sun
3. archers
4. 1996
5. brothers song
6. missing you
7. jesus
8. --
cd 2:
9. sowing season
10. millstone (alternate version bc its better)
11. nobody moves
12. degausser
13. luca
14. you wont know
15. limousine
16. handcuffs

SowingSeason
02.13.19
I love that idea onion, esp the duality of the light versus the dark - the devil and god. That appeals to me because the band always said TDAG was not the finished product they wanted. What if it was going to be a double album like what you made? Kinda cool to imagine.

onionbubs
02.13.19
yea when i first tried to put them together i thought most of the demos were pretty out of place since those are all much lighter songs than those actually on the album, so it would need to be sequenced in a way where it gets darker as it goes along with jesus and the untitled interlude being the perfect segue into the much darker back half of the album, peaking with limousine as the emotional peak of the album leaving handcuffs almost as like the end credits to the album

god imagine if they were actually gonna try and do something like that lol would have been phenomenal

bananatossing
02.13.19
I had no idea that pre-gap hidden track existed. That's so cool.
Also, list is dope. I'd take the original TDAG AND this version any day. Wish they'd release an album of b-sides like this.

letsgofishing
02.13.19
Onionbubs, you're brilliant.

Rowan5215
02.13.19
damn this album has a pre-gap what the heck

now I gotta redo everything thanks sowing

Rowan5215
02.13.19
this'll probably be of interest to you Sowing, I mixed the pregap track and -- into one song and it sounds super good. the voices in pregap fade down right when -- gets loudest it rules

on another note, hate that reworked version of Nobody Moves. I realise it sounds better in mixing and all that but Jesse's vocals sound awful, they're nothing close to the power on the original

Storm In A Teacup
02.13.19
I always viewed Handcuffs as a rolling credit anyway lol. Good job onion.

SowingSeason
02.13.19
Yeah that double album playlist is pretty brilliant. Cheers onionbubs.

Rowan, do you think you could send me that mix?


ButtBoy
02.13.19
really cool idea. wish these were all on spotify so i could create an album/playlist out of it

SowingSeason
02.13.19
https://ytmp3.cc/

Thank me later.

SowingSeason
02.13.19
Also, @Rowan, I know what you mean about the reworked Nobody Moves. I don't even necessarily think the mixing is better. I just love the part that begins with "Please cut me up" and the subsequent screams which are amazing, waay more emotional than the demo. But yeah everything else about the demo is so much better to the point that it doesn't even matter. I mostly placed the 2015 rework on here as a PSA, because I recently found out on some other message boards I'm a part of that like 75% of even hardcore BN fans never knew the rework existed.

Relinquished
02.13.19
I’m reimagining it if it was actually good

Relinquished
02.13.19
apostrophes are now fucked y’all

SowingSeason
02.13.19
Imagine there's no heaven
No hell below us
Above us only sky

bananatossing
02.13.19
Just listened to onion's double album. Brilliant.

Rowan5215
02.13.19
he just sounds so incredibly bored on that rework version, it's like he couldn't care less about the song. I don't really love any of those 2016 versions, bar Brother's Song which is pretty chill

SowingSeason
02.13.19
Yeah they definitely don't get everything right with the re-makes, but I still tend to prefer them for the production value because they sound less "demo-ish" and more believable as tracks from some secret Brand New LP. Agreed about Nobody Moves though, the 2015 is weaker I just can't get over that screamed section.

onionbubs
02.13.19
2016 versions are all worse yea

SowingSeason
02.13.19
disagreed though...Missing You is still slightly better, and would be way better, had they kept the techno beat from the beginning. 1996 is about the same, so I prefer the better production from the 2016 remake. Brother's song gets some added percussion and clearer emotion in the vocals, so really I prefer all 3 of the Reworked Demos from the EP. The only one I struggle to get behind is Nobody Moves (2015 Rebridge) and even that has aspects that are improved (someone plz acknowledge the awesome screams).

bananatossing
02.13.19
I very much prefer the 2015 version of Nobody Moves (ending guitar riff sounds so good, vocal parts are better), the 2007 of Fork and Knife (wonder why Sowing didn't include it here) and the 2016 versions of 1996 and Missing You. Brother was better left untouched.

SowingSeason
02.13.19
Heyy someone else who doesn't think the 2015 Nobody Moves sucks...thank you! Never been a Fork and Knife fan but I have so many versions I need to re-assess. There was one that came out as a single (possibly the 2007 version?) that had great production. I can't remember.

bananatossing
02.13.19
Yes. That's exactly the one. Pretty sure it's still available on iTunes.
https://youtu.be/Fid8j2tnXwE

ButtBoy
02.13.19
2015 nobody moves is unequivocally better. production is better, sounds more complete...is there even a question?

DoofDoof
02.13.19
Still a 5

Rowan5215
02.13.19
@ButtBoy did you miss the bit where I mentioned the production was better but it was outweighed by everything else being worse or

bananatossing
02.13.19
At first I thought the demo version was the better one. But when I came back to it after listening to 2015 multiple times I realized there were things missing. It's not just the production but riffs and vocal performance is better all around imo.

SowingSeason
02.13.19
I'm halfway between Rowan and ButtBoy. Both have aspects I prefer. I like the verses and breakdown/riff on 2006 but prefer the production and the screaming cuts on 2015. I could listen to either. I might slightly favor the 2006 one because my 2015 version is a shitty YT rip and sounds super quiet unless I crank the volume (also, anyone who has a high quality recording and/or a rip from the original cassette hook a brother up).

bananatossing
02.13.19
At work rn but if you still need it later I can post the original mp3 that was given with the cassette purchase.

ButtBoy
02.13.19
@Row yeah I read that...and I'm saying I disagree...lol?

ButtBoy
02.13.19
haha sowing did you mean 1996 or 2006

SowingSeason
02.13.19
yes plz banana (check ur shoutbox)

and oops yeah meant the 2006 demo version not the song 1996, ty Buttboy

neekafat
02.13.19
had no idea there was a pregap on this album

TVC15
02.26.19
What the actual fuck my mind is blown the CD has a pre-gap

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