Brand New is a punk-emo-alternative band based in Long Island, New York. They are comprised of lead singer/guitarist Jesse Lacey, lead guitarist Vincent Accradi, bassist Garrett Tierney, drummer Brian Lane, and rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Derrick Sherman.
In the late 1990's Lacey, Tierney, and Lane played in a band called "The Rookie Lot." The band eventually broke up but the three soon found themselves back together playing music. In 2000, the trio decided to form a new band and asked Accardi to join them. Sherman would join the fray in 2005.
Brand New released its first studio album, Your Favorite Weapon, on Oct. 9, 2001. The album sold only 50,000 copies but its single, "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad," received significant airplay on MTV.
The band released their sophomore effort, Deja Entendu, on June 17, 2003. Deja's mature rock sound differed greatly from the pop-punk of Your Favorite Weapon. A somewhat-radical shift in style from album to album has become a staple of Brand New's recording career.
French for "already heard," Deja Entendu debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200 and surpassed the sales of their rookie release in just 7 weeks.
Videos for the singles "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" and "Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades" quickly became fan favorites on MTV.
With the success of Deja, which was certified gold in 2007, Brand New graduated to playing in larger venues with bigger name acts like New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Dashboard Confessional, and Blink-182.
The band also found themselves in the middle of a bidding war between several mainstream record labels. Eventually, Brand New signed a contract with DreamWorks Records that has since been taken over by Interscope Records.
The pressure of working for a big time record company became quite a burden for Lacey, Brand New's principal songwriter. His struggles were further exacerbated when tracks from the band's recording sessions were leaked onto the internet. Lacey grew quite upset over the incident because he didn't want the public to hear his unfinished songs.
However, he and the band persevered. They released The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (their first album on their new label and their third overall) on Nov. 20, 2006. The album's first single, "Jesus Christ," dropped in early 2007.
The band's fourth album, Daisy, was released on Sept. 22, 2009. It was recorded during a one-year period and the sessions resulted in 15 viable tracks. From that collection 11 songs were chosen for the album.
Daisy, originally called "And One Head Can Never Die," debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. "At The Bottom" was the album's first single.
Brand New was once called the band to watch in Rolling Stone magazine's annual "Hot Issue." They've also performed on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Late Show with David Letterman.
In the spring of 2008, Brand New launched their own record label, Procrastinate! Music Traitors. The first act signed to their new label was Kevin Devine.