A Casual Fan’s Take on ‘Science Fiction’ by Brand New

Brand New is a band that I didn’t get into until after they released Daisy, so it’s hard to consider myself anything more than a casual fan. I haven’t listened to their albums hundreds of times. Despite that, I do happen to own Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu on vinyl. However, there are albums I have bought before and haven’t ended up listening to the records as much as I thought I would. So buying vinyl isn’t always an accurate representation of how much I enjoy or listen to a particular album.

Their latest release, Science Fiction, piqued my interest. I remember telling Jason Tate on a podcast we did that they weren’t on my most anticipated list, but I would still listen whenever a new album came out (or something to that effect, anyway). And I honestly wasn’t in a rush for it to come out. When the limited edition vinyl dropped, I wasn’t concerned about getting my hands on a copy. When the album started showing up in the form of various rips on the internet, I started to get interested. Hoping it would be up on Apple Music shortly thereafter, I waited. It didn’t come right away so I gave a single listen to the hour plus file. Initially, I actually heard about 10 seconds on YouTube but stopped because it didn’t seem like it was great quality.

That first listen gave me an inkling that I’d enjoy the album more than I expected to. While listening to it, it’s like I forgot about everything else the band had done before, because frankly, it didn’t matter to me if this was or wasn’t like their previous stuff. My opinion on albums simply comes from whether I enjoy them to not. I’m perfectly fine with bands who change their sound over time and bands who don’t get a bit stale.

This album never went on repeat for me. I wanted to sit with it between listens so it all wouldn’t blur together. When it finally hit Apple Music, I gave it a second listen. Having the track listing was a huge plus, too. Now I actually knew what songs were playing, which is always helpful.

“Lit Me Up” starts with a spoken word bit, and I’m not a huge fan of those. It takes about two minutes to get to the actual music and once it gets there, it’s a wonderful opening track. It grabbed me and kept me interested in the rest. “Same Logic / Teeth” gives a new look at what Jesse can do with more screaming that expected.

It’s hard for me to sit and listen to albums that are over an hour long. I prefer the ones that run around the 40 minute mark. That feels like the sweet spot to me, but I will make exceptions, especially when the album flows like this one does. It never felt like it was an hour long album because I easily took to it.

If you’re wanting a full on breakdown of this album, you won’t find that here. I’m just a casual fan who really enjoys this listening experience. Is this the end of Brand New? If it is, that’s fine. And if it isn’t, that’s fine, too. Don’t get me wrong, I respect everything this band has done for music over the years, but I’m not a hyper-fan and there’s no shame in that. This is a great album and it feels like the band took their time because they wanted to get it right. And they sure did.

Grab a copy of Science Fiction over on Amazon.