Kevin Devine at Webster Hall
Ten years of music, six albums, tireless touring, and thousands of devoted fans–all celebrated in one beautiful, sublime evening. I could probably write a novella in this post, but I’ll not to be too verbose (no promises). Saturday night, December 1, 2012, was Kevin Devine’s 10th anniversary show, offically titled Write Your Story Now: Celebrating 10 Years of Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band(s). A celebration of the tenth birthday of his first solo album and the advent of his solo career, Kevin Devine performed three of his six full-length albums: his first album, 2002’s Circle Gets the Square; his most recent album, 2011’s Between the Concrete and the Clouds; and his 2005 release, the recently reissued, Split the Country, Split the Street. Over 1,000 tickets were sold to the event which was held at Webster Hall in New York City
The show was announced a few months before, and I immediately knew I had to go. This wasn’t any show. This was a once in a lifetime event. It wasn’t something that was going to happen again. My friend bought us tickets as a birthday gift to me, the show falling pretty close to my 23rd birthday. We took a car, and a ferry, a cab, and walked a whole lot. We shelled out money we didn’t have, but it was worth every penny and then some. Continue reading
If you know anything about Brand New, you probably know that they rarely do interviews. While in the UK for a series of dates earlier this month, lead singer Jesse Lacey broke the bands silence with an interview for a local music zine. It’s an interesting read/listen, and Lacey talks about a wide range of subjects both relating to his personal life and the music industry. Lacey said in the interview that the band has studio time booked for April and hopes to get new music released by the end of the year. In regards to the sound of this album, Lacey said, “I think we’ve taken what we do and taken it as far as it can go, in terms the way we build a song, the way we layer our instruments and arrange everything, and the way I do my own vocals, and even the more technical side of recording. We’re not very excited about going back into the studio and trying to find those sounds again, we are interested in being ‘Brand New,’ but writing, recording and structuring songs in a way that we haven’t done before. I’d like it if, on the next thing we release, if someone who was familiar with us were to walk into a room, and it be playing, I’d like them to not know that it was us.” You can read the whole interview and listen to the first half of it here.
Brand New have also recently announced that they will be playing the Bamboozle festival in New Jersey.