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Brand New – “Lit Me Up”

“Lit Me Up” is a simmering brooder; this moody slow-burn whose pinnacle isn’t a guitar solo or chorus, but rather a creepy, electronically distorted “when I grow up, I want to be a heretic.” The song is hauntingly prophetic, as Lacey unwittingly predicts his demise: “Lit me up and I burn from the inside out / Yeah, I burn like a witch in a Puritan town” and then ultimately concludes that “it was a good dream.” Many of the #metoo movement’s detractors referred to it as a witch hunt, so the Salem witch trial depiction, in retrospect, is uncanny and downright chilling. Then, the song ends with an equally spine-tingling reversed audio passage: “If so…you will be dead tonight”. This is one of the only Brand New songs that doesn’t “go anywhere” but is better because of it. One can almost hear the crackling of wood and imagine the flicker of flames dancing against the silhouette of an autumn night sky. Absolutely haunting stuff.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
07.10.19
One nice thing about making a super elaborate Brand New ranking is that you can recycle the blurbs for your other ongoing projects!

So far mewithoutYou and Brand New are the only artists to have two songs on this list, which feels appropriate as they're my two favorite bands.

BigHans
07.10.19
Top 10 all time Night Driving song

SowingSeason
07.10.19
You're absolutely right. Also an incredible bonfire song.

neekafat
07.10.19
God fucking damn is this good. It's ending up way higher than expected on my SOTD list, it's finally beaten out Batter Up as my favorite on the record just today actually, so good timing (;

SowingSeason
07.11.19
Nice neeka. Yeah this is my favorite song from SF, closely followed by In The Water.

GreyShadow
07.11.19
oooo, there it is!

Ashtiel
07.11.19
i haven't listened to any brand new aside from SF nor have i heard this album in a year or so but this track still haunts me and leaves an impression to this day. the soundtrack to self-immolation

BigTuna
07.11.19
Such an incredible song, and the perfect opener on this album.

SowingSeason
07.11.19
Ashtiel you should re-listen to SF for sure. Their whole discog for that matter.

Agreed BT. Can't think of any other song on the album that would have been a better opener.

Ashtiel
07.11.19
no worries, i definitely plan to get around to Daisy and re-listens of SF soon. long overdue on Daisy at the very least.

SowingSeason
07.11.19
Ash, have you not heard any of their other albums, or not heard any of them within a year? If not at all, then get on TDAG lol.

Ashtiel
07.11.19
haven't heard any of their other albums aside from one listen of YFW, everything else is foreign to me. but i'll do that too lol

SowingSeason
07.11.19
If I recall correctly you liked that Republic of Wolves album last year, and this band is basically the Radiohead to TROW's Muse, if you get that analogy (TROW basically copied BN's formula, although both are good)

Ashtiel
07.11.19
ahh okay, I can see what you mean from what little I remember from Shrine at this point. it's been a while, I'll relisten to that soon as well.

lauraalfa
07.12.19
i very impressive after read this post.

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