Brand New release reworked versions of 2006 demos (listen)
As most Brand New fans know, before they released their now-classic The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, a bunch of demos from the album's sessions leaked, some of which ended up on the final album and some of which did not. The demo collection became an essential "album" in the band's catalog, so much so that they finally started playing the songs live and eventually mastered them and released it on cassette as Leaked Demos 2006. Now they've chosen three highlights off that release, which have all entered their live sets, and reworked them into more finished-sounding recordings. If it doesn't sound like much, give these a listen before you judge. Maybe it's just because it's something new, but these instantly sound better than the demos to me.
My personal favorite one, "Brother's Song" (aka "Untitled 3") is here, and finally hearing a finished full-band version of this song is pretty triumphant. The same can be said for "Missing You" and "1996." Stream the whole thing (which includes the 2006 versions tacked on at the end) below. You can get it on vinyl from their label Procrastinate! Music Traitors.
They're on tour now with Modest Mouse, hitting NYC this Thursday (7/14) at Madison Square Garden. All remaining dates are listed below.
Modest Mouse and Brand New -- 2016 Tour Dates
07/12 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07/14 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden ^
07/15 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center *
07/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for Performing Arts ^
07/19 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater ^
07/21 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center *
07/22 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Field ^
07/23 – Del Valle, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater *
07/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre *
07/26 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater ^
07/27 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum *
07/28 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre ^
07/30 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena *
07/31 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center *
Brand New — 2016 Festival Dates
09/16-18 Riot Fest Chicago, IL
* = Modest Mouse closing the show
^ = Brand New closing the show