Brand New @ the Manchester Academy 18th April 2014
Friday night I saw Brand New at the Manchester Academy.
Brand New are one of my all time favourites and Friday was the first time I’d seen them live since around 2005/6.
The place was rammed and absolutely boiling hot, it was a beautiful sunny day in Manchester and the academy clearly forgot to turn on the air conditioning. I was at the back and felt like I was roasting, anyone who was at the very front must have been truly hardcore and I salute you.
Brand New were great, it wasn’t the best I’ve ever seen them but that set list in 06 at the Apollo is almost impossible to beat, it was perfect. Yet Friday’s 19 song set was bloody great.
They started off a little ropey to be honest but by the time they kicked in to The Shower Scene the whole place was alive. There was a bunch of kids around 17-19 years old stood next to us who gave us the strangest look for screaming along to The Shower Scene. As if to say why are they going crazy for this old stuff, well I’m old, I grew up on this shit.
The fan base wasn’t as mixed as I thought it would be, it was mostly my age or older which helped me not feel like a relic at 27. I also bumped in to Nancy from Hollyoaks, now that was surreal.
Jesse Lacey is known for keeping quiet between songs but on Friday night, you couldn’t shut him up. It was great to actually hear him have a chat with the crowd and compliment the beautiful Manchester weather.
They played Mixtape and changed the line featuring Morrisey to Johnny Marr which got a huge cheer and really made me laugh. Guernica choked me up a little as it always does, Jesse’s voice always has such power, passion and conviction.
They may not have played Moshi Moshi but It was a great show and a fantastic day out in Manchester.
There was no new songs on the set list (Although they opened with a Nine Inch Nails cover) as to what that means I don’t know, they haven’t played anything new in years. Was this a farewell tour in disguise? are they even planning a new album? in the end you have to live for the here and now and I was just grateful to hear them play live one more time.
Whatever their future is, I’m thankful for what I’ve got.
Thanks Brand New