Daisy (Brand New album)
|Studio album by Brand New|
|Released||September 22, 2009|
|Genre||Alternative rock, post-hardcore, noise rock|
|Label||Interscope, DGC, Procrastinate! Music Traitors|
|Producer||Mike Sapone and Brand New|
|Brand New chronology|
|Singles from Daisy|
The album spawned just one single, "At the Bottom" which was released on August 11, 2009.
Recording and production
As with previous Brand New writing and recording sessions the band members would conceive many of their song ideas on acoustic guitar, individually, before working on those ideas as a band and during sound checks. Guitarist Vincent Accardi had been working on new tracks between tours with their frequent collaborator and producer Mike Sapone, which would lead to Daisy being far more driven by his songwriting compared to previous albums by the band. Despite this, Lacey affirmed that there was never any conscious decision about writing responsibilities, commenting "I've lost track of what I wrote or what Vinnie's wrote because it was such a collaborative effort with the band. Vin might write a drum part or Brian might write a guitar part or whatever. We're not really keeping tabs of how much everyone has at stake on each song".
Recording took place over a year and a half period, with the band slowly working on tracks in Sapone's basement in Bethpage, New York. Sapone along with Ben Homola and Andrew Accardi also performed on the recordings.
During production, Lacey sampled "On Life's Highway," a gospel hymn written by Bertrand Brown for the opening of the track "Vices" and closing of the track "Noro" whilst Sapone included a recording of a child speaking on the title track "Daisy", with Lacey commenting that the band have "always been interested in putting strange things on albums".
A number of tracks from the sessions were ultimately left off the final album, including a track by Brian Lane titled "Lazy".
In an interview with Kerrang!, Jesse Lacey commented on the album's content: "It's a pretty exhausting record. It's quite dense and I think some of the decisions we made don't always go in the most obvious direction. We were thinking a lot more about what we'd want to play when we were up onstage rather than actually what you'd want to hear on a record."
Release and promotion
Brand New revealed in an interview with United Kingdom-based music magazine Rock Sound that they would not be talking to or promoting Daisy with any American media outlets. They also said they would be dealing with very few outlets internationally. On July 8, 2009, it was reported that the band had named their new album And One Head Can Never Die (typeset as "...and one head can never die") and that it would be released on September 21; not long after, the band announced that the album title had been changed to Daisy. The release of "At the Bottom" as the album's first single was also announced.
Spin magazine's website announced the track listing and displayed the album art for Daisy in August 2009. The first single from the renamed fourth studio album was released as a digital download on August 11, 2009, without a music video to accompany the release. The album was mixed by Dave Sardy with production by Mike Sapone.
In June 2009, UK music magazine Rock Sound claimed on their website that they had received a copy of the upcoming album, though it was, according to an image later posted by the editor, "incomplete." The site published a "tentative" track listing and reported the incomplete version that they had received to be roughly 30 minutes long.
On June 28, 2009, the band appeared at the Glastonbury Festival on the Other Stage, where they previewed "Bought a Bride" and "Gasoline." These songs were also previewed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals - with the performances being filmed by the BBC. The band, however, refused the BBC rights of use, denying the broadcasting of their live performance.
Lacey told Rock Sound that in regard to touring to promote Daisy: "I think we want to be at home more than ever before," with Vinnie Accardi adding: "We have become less ambitious about touring." Despite this, the band performed a single headlining date at Wembley Arena, in January 2010. It was their largest UK headline appearance to date. To coincide with the release of Daisy, the band embarked on a 34-date tour across the United States throughout all of October and November 2009. The tour also featured Thrice, Manchester Orchestra, Glassjaw and Crime In Stereo.
Daisy Studio Sessions
Daisy Studio Sessions is a collection of live studio recordings and interviews that were released as video and audio clips across September 2009, promoting their album Daisy. The sessions were recorded across a weekend in June 2009 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn New York. Produced by the ApK Collective with Daniel Navetta directing and Tom Camuso recording they were also joined by the bands frequent collaborator Mike Sapone who mixed the tracks.
Over the course of the sessions the band explored new and alternative arrangements to a number of their songs, both old and new, with some involving full band arrangements and others solely focusing on frontman Jesse Lacey. The band had not entered the studio with the intention to record alternate versions, however after setting up in the fairly confined studio "there wasn’t really a feeling in the room that you wanted to play loudly" Accardi commented in an interview. Kevin Devine joined the band on the second day of recording for an alternate rendition of "Jesus", which Devine had previously covered at his solo shows and with Lacey.
On September 11, 2009 the band's record label Interscope released the first video from the session; a stripped back version of "Sowing Season" from their previous album The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me which was accompanied by a short interview. Following the release, the band posted a blog to Myspace expressing their dissatisfaction of how the video was released, having hoped that the entire session would have been released "as a set, with an explanation of what we did and how we did it. And it would give people insight into what we have been up to", stating they were unsure when and where other tracks from the session would be released. The video for "At the Bottom" then premiered on Spinner.com on September 23, 2009, with producers ApK making the audio available separately through their blog.
Despite disapproving how the sessions were released and being initially timid at the prospect of being filmed, Jesse Lacey commented that enjoyed the sessions and appreciated how it seemed to resinate with fans.
|"Sowing Season"||Unreleased||Yes |
|"Jesus (Featuring Kevin Devine)"||B-side to "At The Bottom"||Yes |
|"Bought a Bride"||Amazon exclusive||Yes |
|"At the Bottom"||iTunes exclusive||Yes |
Daisy received positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on twelve reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Drew Beringer, staff reviewer for AbsolutePunk scored the album at 90%. He summarised in his article; "Brand New has created a record that will leave you exhausted. You’ll be worn out by the jarring tempo changes, confounded by the vague topics, and abused by Lacey’s prominent yell. Producer Mike Sapone does his best to help Brand New reach its darkest point, and Daisy is auditory proof, as this is the Long Island quintet’s most challenging and distinguished album yet. Some will love it, some will hate it, most will be perplexed by it and will need many listens to digest it. But one thing is certain, this is a record that will shake you". Andrew Leahey of Allmusic was less favourable, giving the album a three star rating. He was critical of the song structures by saying, "Drums, screams, and squelching guitars eventually gatecrash the piano recital, but the effect isn't jarring as much as it is familiar, a tell-tale sign of a band not quite ready to ditch its old habits". However, he also praised the experimental moments on the record; "Brand New may not be completely comfortable with the slow stuff, but Daisy's willingness to experiment is what makes the album so interesting, even as its furious rock songs struggle to pack a punch".
Alternative Press writer Scott Heisel was also slightly disappointed while awarding the album three and a half stars. He stated that "[I]t's entirely possible that the band simply wrote a good album this time around, not a great one." Dan Martin of NME was highly favourable in his review, describing Daisy as a "breathtakingly accomplished record". He awarded a score of 9/10 and also added that Brand New are now, "the most graceful rock band in America". Rock Sound also heaped praise upon the album, making comparisons to The Cure, The Smiths and Nirvana. Chris Hidden described the album as a more refined version of previous album, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. He summarised by stating, "Brand New are now artistically unrivalled by their peers; it would be astonishing if they didn’t see where else they could go". Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone was largely favourable in his review, awarding a 3 1⁄2-star rating. He praised the band for not sticking to genre restraints; "The quartet's fourth album avoids genre commonplaces with subtle shadings. 'You tried to put a fire out, but you used gasoline' — and songs like the heroin-jag slow-burner "Bed" prove that letting rip isn't always Lacey's best move. Mikael Wood, journalist for Spin magazine awarded the album an eight out of ten rating. He particularly praised the moments of surprise throughout the album. "Jesse Lacey howls about burning in bed and turning to dirt while his bandmates churn out noisy, jagged art-punk riffs that routinely explode without warning. The sound is old-fashioned, but the fury is fresh".
|AbsolutePunk.net||US||Top Thirty Albums of the Year||2009||3|
|Kerrang!||UK||K! Critics' Albums of the Year||2009||11|
|Rock Sound||UK||Top Seventy Five Albums of the Year||2009||14|
|Sputnikmusic||US||Staff Picks: Top Fifty Albums of the Year||2009||28|
|3.||"At the Bottom"||Vincent Accardi, Lacey||4:04|
|5.||"You Stole"||Accardi, Lacey||6:00|
|8.||"Bought a Bride"||Lacey||3:07|
|10.||"In a Jar"||Accardi, Lacey||3:06|
|iTunes Store bonus track|
|12.||"At the Bottom" (Live in Studio)||3:50|
|12.||"Bought a Bride" (Live in Studio)||3:24|
|Australia iTunes Store bonus track|
|12.||"Bed" (Live in Studio)||3:01|
The following people contributed to Daisy:
|US Billboard 200||6|
|UK Albums Chart||47|
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