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The Apocalyptic World of Brand New’s ‘Science Fiction’ Feels Realer Than Ever

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  1. Melody Bot

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    I really liked this review of Brand New’s Science Fiction by Craig Jenkins, published at Vulture:


    In any other year — hell, any other month this year — Science Fiction’s gallery of druggies, atom bombs, and separatist militiamen would’ve read like, well, real-deal science fiction. But summer 2017 is a place where guys with guns tout full-fledged white supremacy, and the guy with the nuclear codes promise “fire and fury” to overseas enemies. The protagonist of Brand New’s “Desert,” a gun-toting, homophobic wing nut who thinks God commanded him to wipe out liberals, isn’t a far cry from the people on TV rallying in support of ethnic cleansing. The nuclear winter of “137,” a song literally named after a byproduct of decaying radioactive uranium, suddenly seems possible.

     
  2. youwontknow

    If I smile with my teeth, bet you'd believe me

  3. Kal El

    Somebody Else

    Jason, any chance the Brand New camp might answer a few questions from the chorus.fm team? Any kind of interview possibility?
     
  4. NationalPhenomenon

    Regular Supporter

    That remains my favorite write-up on the band and that album. It's one of the few that shows an understanding and appreciation of everything surrounding them.
     
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  5. youwontknow

    If I smile with my teeth, bet you'd believe me

    Very cool! Totally agree. Seeing any of the fall shows?
     
  6. NationalPhenomenon

    Regular Supporter

    Yup, I'm heading to Chicago once more. Will be my third time seeing them there and hoping they play most, if not all, of the new record. I gotta keep up the pace I've set by seeing them at least once a year since 2006 (except 2010).
     
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  7. Kingjohn_654

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    @Jason Tate
     
  8. PR said no interviews currently scheduled or planned. So I doubt it for the foreseeable future.
     
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  9. NationalPhenomenon

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    No surprises there haha
     
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  10. Colin Your Enthusiasm

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  11. Colin Your Enthusiasm

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    Sweet I'm going to the Chicago show too!
     
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  12. youwontknow

    If I smile with my teeth, bet you'd believe me

    Nice! Keep that s**t up!! I'm seeing both Cali dates.
     
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  13. St. Nate

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    Doing PR for Brand New sounds like a blast.
     
  14. Serenity Now

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  15. Hahahhaha. The stories are epic.
     
  16. St. Nate

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  19. Saephon

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    So... about that podcast... *Sees Drew's twitter feed obsessively*
     
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  20. billyboatman

    Just call me Billium

    Great write up. Definitely, gave me a different view.. and now I'm listening to it again. Just gets better with each listen.
     
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  21. jlinitz

    John Linitz @jlinitz Supporter

    Great review. I've been so upset about the current state of the country and the more I listen to the album the more I realize that it was released at just about the perfect time. It's helping me cope and have that feeling of "you're not alone." I love how Craig captures that. :clap::clap::clap: