Fight Off Your Demons

The greatest album of the last decade is Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.

This is pure, indisputable fact. It’s as close to a perfect album as I’ve heard in the twenty-one years of my existence, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to the sheer, dark bliss this album contains, you’re missing out on one of the few artistic experiences in the world that can truly be deemed life-altering.

One of the most important things you need to know about me is that I love Brand New. Our relationship has been ongoing for about a decade.   Actually, I don’t think “love” is a strong enough term. Fanatical? Obsessed, maybe? In fact, I would be hard-pressed to date somebody if they didn’t like the band. Yeah, it’s that serious between Brand New and I.

Continuing with the album, it’s everything that modern rock should be — moody, energetic, complex, thought-provoking, and threatening to explode with emotion in every verse, chorus, bridge, and outro. Some songs, such as the melody-driven “Jesus” and “Luca” bubble under the surface, spinning intricate, sinister verses until you can almost feel lead singer Jesse Lacey ready to burst from the effort it must take to withhold the amount of emotion he’s carefully contained throughout the track. Indeed, the final, chaotic minutes of both “Luca” and seven-minute, mini-symphony “Limousine(MS Rebridge)” display the physical and emotional punch that The Devil and God permeates throughout its fifty-five minutes. Quiet chords with soft, existentialist lyrics are quickly and frequently followed with violent screams and distorted guitars.

These chaotic, ever-shifting songs are great metaphors for what I’m sure many of us are thinking — that we, in fact, don’t know what we’re thinking. We’re questioning whether what we do actually matters. Whether this nine-to-five desk job, sitting behind the luminescence of a computer screen is actually going to mean anything when we’re no longer a part of this planet. This is why The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is the quintessential album of our generation. It perfectly explains, both lyrically and musically, what we’re thinking and what we’re going through. The Devil and God are battling inside each and every one of us and we fight our plethora of demons every day to determine which one shows its face.

My words can only do so much justice to Brand New, so do yourself a favor and go check out The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, as well as the rest of Brand New’s discography. I’ll start you off with a few of my favorites from each of their albums, which should all be available on Youtube; however, you should certainly go to your local record store and purchase all of their records immediately (extra points if you can find the vinyl for Deja Entendu). Enjoy!

Songs to check out:

Limousine (MS Rebridge) — The Devil and God

You Won’t Know — The Devil and God

You Stole — Daisy

Sink — Daisy

Sic Transit Gloria – Deja Entendu

The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows — Deja Entendu

Jude Law and a Semester Abroad — Your Favorite Weapon

The No Seatbelt Song — Your Favorite Weapon

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  1. […] Brand New will not appear on this countdown. I already wrote a post about my fanaticism for them here. They’d take up 50% of the list if I included their albums, so I think it’s best to […]



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