The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
|The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me|
|Studio album by Brand New|
|Released||November 20, 2006|
|Recorded||March 2005 – April 2006
Cove City, Glen Cove, New York
Longview Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts
Sapone Studios, Bethpage, New York
|Genre||Alternative rock, emo, post-hardcore, indie rock|
|Label||Interscope, Tiny Evil|
|Producer||Mike Sapone, Brand New|
|Brand New chronology|
|Singles from The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me|
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Brand New. It was released on November 20, 2006, through Interscope Records, making it their major label debut.
In late 2005, Brand New started recording their third studio album in Oxford, Mississippi with producer Dennis Herring, but later dropped him in favor of Mike Sapone with whom they had worked on their first album.
Music and lyrical content
In contrast to the rest of the tracks on the album, where one band member would bring an almost completed song to the rest of the band, "Degausser" and "Sowing Season" were composed spontaneously as a band. Additionally, the music and lyrics for "Handcuffs" and "Welcome to Bangkok" were written by lead guitarist Vincent Accardi. The lyrics to the rest of the tracks from the album were written by Jesse Lacey.
The second verse to "Sowing Season" is inspired by the Rudyard Kipling poem If—. The song "Limousine" is about the death of seven-year-old Katie Flynn from various perspectives including Martin Heidgen, the driver who killed her. Mike Sapone can be heard at the end of the track. The title of "Sowing Season" is a reference from Stephen King's novel Secret Window, Secret Garden, where the main character had written a short story of the same title.
Album title and cover image
The album cover is a picture titled "Untitled #44" from Nicholas Prior's "Age of Man" collection which the band saw at an art show and later used. The outside of the cardboard case contains no song listings, and doesn't contain the name of the album or the band name anywhere but on the spine. The record company instead placed stickers on the plastic wrapping to indicate the name of the album and band, and on the UK version to indicate that it had the bonus track.
After a July 30, 2008 solo show, Lacey stated that the long wait for the vinyl release of The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me was due primarily to the band's failure to secure the rights of Nicholas Prior's photograph. Lacey continued on saying that after the band either secured the rights to the picture, or chose an alternate cover, only then would the album be released on vinyl. The band managed to secure the rights to the image by 2010, and released the album on vinyl in that same year.
On January 24, 2006, nine untitled demos for the album leaked onto the Internet. The band was disappointed to hear of the leak; however, they had been performing demos of the album's tracks at live shows. In an interview with the band the question was asked, "Did the Internet leak of your demos affect the progress of the new album?" the responses were as follows:
|“||If it affected anything, I would say it did it in a good way 'cause so many people were curious to hear what we have been doing—and for the most part, the record tracks don't sound anything like the leaked demos.||”|
— Garrett Tierney
|“||For me it was different. It had me pretty down for a while. No one likes to show their creation in mid-process, and those songs weren't done. They were like blueprints. Just the plan, right? It put me in a state where I was under the impression that those songs had been wasted or something—that we had to go and write new things because those had been heard. Now, in retrospect, I want those songs to be on the album and many of them aren't, and I'm probably more to blame for that than anyone. This record already feels incomplete to me without those tracks and probably will forever.||”|
— Jesse Lacey
|“||I can relate to both of those sentiments. In one way it was kind of refreshing and motivating to know that people were still so interested and curious as to what we were up to in that period where we sort of disappeared. But I was also worried that it would derail the process because the four of us had created a pretty safe place where the only critics were ourselves. As much as we tried to shield ourselves from letting the leak affect us, it definitely did. There was a feeling of being robbed, after keeping everything so close to ourselves and then having it heard before it was completed. As Jesse said, I wish some of those songs were on the record. But they do exist on a certain plane, so people do know that we were working and creating.||”|
— Vincent "Vin" Accardi
Four of the demos went on to be officially released and/or re-recorded. "Untitled 8" was reworked into the album's opening track "Sowing Season" and "Untitled 6 (also known as "Mamas") later became "Luca". The original version of "Luca" was also released as the album's bonus track in the UK as "Luca (Reprisal Version)".
"Untitled 3" was later released as "Brothers", the B-side to "Jesus". Additionally, an alternate version of "Brothers" was released as "aloC-acoC", the B-side to "Sowing Season" ("Coca-Cola" backwards, most likely spelled as such to avoid trademark infringement). "Untitled 7" was re-recorded and released as the single "(Fork and Knife)".
|Drowned in Sound||8/10|
|Sputnikmusic|| link link|
The album received almost universally positive reviews from most music critics, and debuted at number 31 on the U. S. Billboard 200, selling about 60,000 copies in its first week. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 78 based on 17 reviews, which indicates favorable reviews overall.
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me was rated the best album of 2006 by Punknews.org. The album was placed at number 74 in NME's list of the one-hundred best albums of the 2000s. It also ranked at number 20 in Sputnikmusic's list, as voted by staff members. The album was ranked at number 44 in Kerrang! 's "50 Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die" list.
On January 11, 2010, Brand New announced via their Twitter account that The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me would be released as a double vinyl LP set through Procrastinate! Music Traitors and Triple Crown Records. This version included a lyric sheet that was not included with the original CD. The vinyl set was made available in stores on March 23, 2010. Another pressing of the album was done by Academy Fight Song, which went up for pre-order on their website on May 17, 2010. This pressing was released on September 17, 2010. The album was repressed by Music on Vinyl in late 2013.
All lyrics written by Jesse Lacey, all music composed by Lacey, except where noted.
|1.||"Sowing Season"||Vin Accardi, Lacey||4:31|
|4.||"Degausser"||Accardi, Lacey, Brian Lane, Garrett Tierney||5:32|
|5.||"Limousine (MS Rebridge)"||7:42|
|6.||"You Won't Know"||5:42|
|7.||"Welcome to Bangkok"||Accardi||3:05|
|8.||"Not the Sun"||Accardi, Lacey||3:09|
|11.||"The Archers Bows Have Broken"||4:14|
|UK bonus track|
|13.||"Luca" (Reprisal Version)||4:02|
Production and recording
Art and design
|United Kingdom||November 20, 2006||Interscope/Tiny Evil||CD (with bonus track)||602517174528|
|United States||November 21, 2006||CD||B0008034-02|
|March 23, 2010||Procrastinate! Music Traitors/
Triple Crown/Interscope/Tiny Evil
|September 17, 2010||Academy Fight Song||double LP||B0013946-01|
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