Lucky Fans Win the Lottery

July 13th, 2009

Brand New – Music Hall of Williamsburg – July 11, 2009

(Photo: John Deeb)

(Photo: John Deeb)

Seeing Brand New is like winning the lottery, not necessarily in a hyperbolic sense, but in the sheer luck it takes just to get a ticket. Their show Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg was their first New York City show of the year. And as if that didn’t make it hard enough, due to an error on the ticketing site, the presale tickets sold out before they were supposed to be available. As for the regular sale, it sold out in less than a minute—which has become standard fare with Brand New.

For those lucky enough to win admission, the performance was as good as any payday. As the band crammed 20 songs into the set (with no breaks or encore), frontman Jesse Lacey screamed and thrashed his way through some of their biggest hits. The set began with the quick-witted lyrics of “Okay I Believe You, but My Tommy Gun Don’t.” “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades” and “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” (MTV mainstays in their own day) followed to the thrill of the crowd. Even “70 x 7,” the song always screamed for but rarely played, made it into the set.

But what made the show a winner was what filled in between the hits. Brand New played three new songs off the forthcoming Daisy, including one track that had previously never been played live. They even dug into the archives for the B-side “Flying at Tree Level,” a song rarer than the tickets to the show. By the end of the set it was Lacey alone, half-singing the teen anthem “Soco Amaretto Lime,” while letting the lucky fans fill in the rest. —Sean O’Kane