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Brand New – Daisy

September 22, 2009 —> September 22, 2019

Out of Brand New’s lauded canon, it’s easy to forget about the red-headed stepson that is Daisy.  Everything about the album is just a tad off.  It begins and ends with a very out-of-place hymn; the album cover features a demonic looking fox in the middle of a beautiful forest; the band shifts rather abruptly from the broodingly existential emo-rock of The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me to frantically screamed mantras that clash against fiery, grunge-inspired guitars like dueling swords.  Even for a band that developed a penchant for reinventing itself with each release, Daisy was…out there.  At the time, fans who were spoiled by greatness hailed the album as disappointingly good; a take that has not necessarily aged well.  Over the next decade, Daisy‘s legacy would grow considerably as fans began to recognize its unique atmosphere and appreciate the fact that it was going to be – until the unexpected release of Science Fiction in 2017 – Brand New’s final recording.

Ten years later, the whole album still feels crucial.  “Vices” is the ideal opener, with the opera-like curve ball of an opening verse serving as a perfect snapshot of Daisy‘s wiry unpredictability, while “Sink” and “Gasoline” prove how grainy and visceral Lacey’s shouts/screams could become in a hopeless emotional vacuum.  “You Stole” and “Noro” are still spine-tingling creepers, painting illusions of deception, mystical forests, and hellfire.  The whole thing is rife with paranoia, which culminates in the end-times harbinger of the title track.  Daisy is the only kind of emotional burnout that makes sense after a magnum opus like The Devil and God – where the band went from caring way too much about everything to no longer caring at all.  It’s a complete abandonment of virtues, opting instead to look evil in the face and roar back, knowing full well that damnation is, for all of us, inevitable.

What’s amazing about Daisy – and not necessarily true of the band’s other efforts – is that gold nuggets continue to turn up year after year.  It took me at least one year to know for sure that Lacey was screaming I’m on my way to hell at the end of “Noro”, and not “I’m on my way out.”  It wasn’t until a couple years later that I realized “In a Jar” actually contains a backwards verse about the end of the world, taken – almost verbatim – from one of the final chapters of the Bible.  It was probably around the same time that I discerned the cryptic lyrics of “Be Gone”, a brief track initially discarded by many as hands-down “the worst song the band ever made” – a notion I wholeheartedly disagree with.  There’s an awful lot of seemingly random allusions to beds, trees, and flames – and it wasn’t until around 2015-2016 – when I’d finally given up hope of there ever being a Daisy follow-up – that I finally sat down to dissect the lyrics on a deeper level, connecting the thematic dots only to realize that Daisy just might go even deeper than TDAG.  As time wore on, Daisy went from being the weird step down from Brand New’s masterpiece to rivaling said masterpiece.  For as good as Deja Entendu was, or Science Fiction still is, neither of those albums made me work so hard to learn them, nor did they unfurl as many musical and lyrical layers.  For those reasons, it’s pretty clear that Daisy at least resides upon the #2 perch within the group’s discography, which is something many of us might have deemed impossible when it first hit shelves in the Fall of 2009.

A decade now stands between the college senior who drove to four different record stores in one day just to purchase Daisy on its release date, and the thirty-two year old who now needs to make up an excuse in between his newborn’s screams and bowel movements just to write about an important anniversary for one of his all-time favorite records.  Time changes everything, from you and I to how we perceive music.  I can’t really think of a better example – a bigger grower – than Daisy.  When I think of Brand New the band – not just their songs, but their overall image and how we perceive them – I think that it was shaped by Daisy more than any other record.  It’s the album that took them  from “alt/indie-rockers” (whatever that means) to true experimentalists who were unafraid of burning their brand to the ground in order to grow a new image out of its ashes.  There’s no other album out there quite like Daisy.  And that’s something worth celebrating a decade later.

We need ten years on rewind so we can return.

She said goodbye to the ground
She said goodbye to the ground
AND JUMPED!!





SowingSeason
09.22.19
Feels like it was just yesterday.

Get Low
09.22.19
No one likes this album.

Chambered79
09.22.19
my favorite brand new record

Space Jester
09.22.19
Best Brand New album

Itwasthatwas
09.22.19
Yeah it’s my favorite album from them as well
Noro is their best song, and I appreciate the more aggressive approach

Space Jester
09.22.19
@Get Low looks like you got rekt son

JohnnyoftheWell
09.22.19
"What’s amazing about Daisy – and not necessarily true of the band’s other efforts – is that gold nuggets continue to turn up year after year."

So true. Best Brand New, happy birthday (RIP Get Low)

Get Low
09.22.19
I solemnly take the L.

DeadBitchAlexis
09.22.19
No one likes you

Get Low
09.22.19
reported

SitarHero
09.22.19
10 years old huh? There's a Jesse Lacey joke to be made here.

DeadBitchAlexis
09.22.19
Anyways album got way too much shit when it came out. Their darkest album and the one that sticks out the most. Still like TDAG and SciFi better but this one isnt really too far behind.

Cormano
09.22.19
this is my favorite BN record and for many years it was my favorite album of all time

Point1
09.22.19
This one finally clicked a few years ago, I remember the release of this album like it was yesterday. Listening to the leaked "Vices" on Youtube and thinking it was wild, being shocked that "Gasoline" wasn't acoustic, etc. Had just become a fan of the band a few months before and anticipated it so much. Crazy that it was 10 years ago.

Point1
09.22.19
I hold strong that if "Bed" wasn't track 2 this would have been received much better.

Itwasthatwas
09.22.19
Do you mean that it should have been the opener or that it should have been bumped down further

Itwasthatwas
09.22.19
The only song I don’t like here is At the Bottom which is absolute garbage

DeadBitchAlexis
09.22.19
At the Bottom is so fuckin good tho

Point1
09.22.19
@Itwasthatwas should have been bumped further, such a ballbuster of a song, especially after Vices

SowingSeason
09.22.19
This is my personal favorite iteration of the tracklist and I think everyone should experience it this way at least once:

1. Vices
2. Sink
3. At the Bottom
4. Gasoline
5. Be Gone
6. You Stole
7. Bed
8. Bought a Bride
9. Daisy
10. In a Jar
11. Noro

Darius the Great
09.22.19
pretty easily the best brandnew work yes

ArsMoriendi
09.22.19
A lot of classics turn 50 this year, but I never see them getting special posts like this.

But sure Brand New's 2nd most popular album turning 10 is news...

ArsMoriendi
09.22.19
Wait, maybe 4th most popular, looking at Sput's ratings for it

Darius the Great
09.22.19
calm your tits dude

youre not gonna change anything whining like this

SowingSeason
09.23.19
I write about bands I care about.

Lucman
09.23.19
An incredible record. Noro is one of the most hair-raising closers ever.

Trebor.
09.23.19
uh oh
stinky

unclereich
09.23.19
Great alb and lovely write up

Point1
09.23.19
@Sowing that's a good one, although I prefer Gasoline in the #2 spot. Vices ending and going right into Gasoline gets me going

SowingSeason
09.23.19
I'd agree with you totally if it weren't for the fact that I need Gasoline's mysterious, static-bound outro to fade into the echoey weirdness of Be Gone. You could put Be Gone at #3 on the tracklist but then it feels like it comes too early. Either way, much respect for your ranking.

Itwasthatwas
09.23.19
I like Bed where it is to put the dichotomy of the album on display up front personally. Only change I’d make is deleting ATB, and hopefully replacing it with a less shitty song that actually fits the aesthetic of the album. The vocal melodies on that track are too grounded in their DE roots while also feeling too closely related to some of their genre contemporaries.

SowingSeason
09.23.19
Weird I actually think ATB fits really well. The Modest Mouse twang in Lacey's vocals helps give the album its rural mysterious vibe.

Point1
09.23.19
AtB is a great song, I still remember learning it on guitar before the album came out.

Pheromone
09.23.19
Actually made an effort to give this a listen yesterday to mark the occasion! I actually think I prefer it to SF on a sentimental level. Four in a row (five if you include the demos) that never falter.

SowingSeason
09.23.19
I think it goes TDAG > Daisy > SF > Deja > YFW. Daisy and SF are virtually interchangeable as my #2, though I do feel Daisy has a more unique atmosphere and thus gets a slight edge.

Papa Universe
09.23.19
Is Daisy now old enough for Jesse?

SowingSeason
09.23.19
hardy harr harr

mynameischan
09.23.19
Far away from any road
Roams my heart in solitude

neekafat
09.23.19
I'll check that tracklist next time I jam that sowing (:
AtB is my favorite here

unclereich
09.24.19
sf=tdag
daisy
deja
yfw

unclereich
09.24.19
this is the cutest album cover tho :3

SowingSeason
09.24.19
yeah this is my favorite album cover by them
album covers ranked are daisy > deja > tdag > sf > yfw

Willie
09.25.19
Love the write up. The only Brand New album I really enjoyed was Deja Entendu

Cormano
09.25.19
fuck yeah this is one of my fave covers as well
for a while I thought about getting the fox tattooed

SowingSeason
09.25.19
Thanks Trey. Yeah, BN is pretty distinctly split into 2 phases: pop-punk (first two albums) and experimental indie rock (last 3 albums). Although there is progression throughout all five, I could see Deja being the favorite of anyone who prefers their music a little more upbeat and catchy. Considering your taste for heavier music though, I'm actually surprised that Daisy isn't tops for ya.

Willie
09.25.19
Strangely, I've never thought of Daisy as 'heavy', just noisy.

SowingSeason
09.25.19
you're not wrong. tdag is their heaviest in terms of atmosphere/emotion, daisy is like a slightly experimental noise/grunge rock album

either way, I'd expect one of those two to fit your taste the best but at least deja struck a chord with you

Willie
09.25.19
Maybe it's because I'm from Southern California. I grew up a block from the beach, surfing and listening to the poppy punk bands like Blink, Lagwagon, Bad Religion, etc. I have a soft spot for the genre.

SowingSeason
09.25.19
oh me too, not growing up near the beach but having a soft spot for pop-punk. I could see how a non-BN fanboy could latch onto deja as his/her favorite

interestingly enough, outside of this site, deja is widely regarded as their best album even over tdag

I can't support that notion at all but it is what it is

Willie
09.25.19
Ha ha. Jesus Christ (or is it just Jesus?) is almost hands down their best song ever, but I just never got into the album. I like these guys' debut album too.

SowingSeason
09.25.19
Jesus Christ was on the official tracklist but everyone just called it Jesus now. I agree, that's my favorite song by the band and one of my all-time faves. Your Favorite Weapon was a staple of my early pop-punk days. It doesn't aspire to the artistic heights of their other records, but it has its place.

Willie
09.25.19
It doesn't aspire to artistic heights, but there's so many funny and fun parts in that album. "...So, have another drink and drive yourself home..." I still fucking love that whole song.

Chambered79
09.25.19
I've always thought in a jar might be their best song. I honestly don't understand how it's so overlooked. I guess it's the lack of hooks

SowingSeason
09.25.19
Love In a Jar. Those lyrics are an absolute goldmine.

Chambered79
09.25.19
Or maybe welcome to bangkok

StarlessCore
09.26.19
Album is total garbage how dis news

SowingSeason
09.26.19
it's not news it's a blog

StarlessCore
09.26.19
Garbage album turns 10- the blog post

SowingSeason
09.26.19
pointless comment - the one millionth sequel

DoofDoof
09.26.19
if it's 10 years old how can it still be brand new?

false advertising, kill it with fire, etc

StarlessCore
09.26.19
Pointless blog- entry #29292828272728

SowingSeason
09.26.19
False there are not that many blog entries on the site. I can't take you seriously anymore.

StarlessCore
09.26.19
I been here like 12 years and NOW u cant take me serial???

Ok to be fair I actually read the article for some reason and regardless of the fact that album sucks it's a very well written post fam

Especially the part where u said the other albums didnt challenge you as hard to learn them.

GhostB1rd
09.26.19
Sowing, can you ban Ars for being a whiny bitch?

Drifter
09.26.19
Gotta be honest


Never noticed the fox til you mentioned it

butt.
09.26.19
wait... you never noticed there was a fox front & center?!
gonna be embarrassed if that was sarcasm

Drifter
09.26.19
Never even noticed their band name was on it

EclipseInYourEyes
09.28.19
now I know what to re-spin tonight. thanks for the post!

EclipseInYourEyes
09.28.19
is there any reason why these guys are rather big in the US but not that huge in EU? Was looking for used vinyl (I don't want to give them any more money, cuz Lacey) but it's hard to find in the EU whereas there are lots of good offers from the US

Sinternet
09.28.19
4th best brand new but hey its pretty good

Faraudo
09.30.19
The only review I've ever written on this site is for this album. I love it so fucking much, and it's by far their best album.

Larkinhill
09.30.19
4th best brand new but hey its pretty good (2)

Science Fiction
TDAG
Deja
Daisy
YFW

Artuma
09.30.19
i'm probably getting a little out of touch with sput when my first reaction to the title was "who the fuck is daisy?"

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