Concert Review – Brand New at Leeds 02 Academy

After pulling out of Reading & Leeds festivals, Brand New returned to grace these English shores again for the first time since 2012 on April 14th. This time, these highly anticipated and long awaited music veterans brought along The Front Bottoms and Saves The Day for support.

The Front Bottoms kicked the show off playing a plethora of songs from their 2013 album ‘Talon of the Hawk’. Warming up the crowd well enough for the rest of the night with their folk punk style despite some keyboard tones that crawled under your skin  and some anecdotes from frontman Brian Sella that probably could have done with some explaining.

Saves the Day were up next who immediately bumped up the quality of the show which made it feel like a show you pay £20 for.  With increased stage presence and Chris Conley’s humble bow to the crowd after each song. Although their set featured minimal crowd interaction, they played crowd favourites such as ‘Freakish’ and ‘At Your Funeral’ from their 2001 album ‘Stay What You Are’ before wailing it full force towards the end of their set subsequently pumping the crowd up ready for Brand New.

After teasing the crowd with a pitch black stage and feedback from the guitars, Brand New blasted full force into ‘The Shower Scene’, the first track from their debut album ‘Your Favourite Weapon’. With a stella setlist which spanned their entire back catalogue. Even after issues with Tierney’s bass amp, Jesse swooped in treating the crowd to an obscenely rare spur of the moment performance of Moshi Moshi from their split EP with Safety In Numbers.

Aside from that, Brand New didn’t stray away much from the typical set they play live regularly. Combined with their carefully choreographed lighting, the energy that Brand New play with means that for that hour and a half, that room becomes the centre of angst and emotion in the universe. And they did not fail to make his happen in Leeds. 

Rating: 7.5 slices out of 8
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