Brand New [4/29/11]
When Brand New announced five shows back in February, an Ohio date was unfortunately absent. So, we packed up our skinny jeans and burned an emo mix for an angst-ridden road trip to the nearest tour stop–Pittsburgh.
Unbeknownst to us, the NRA was hosting a massive gun show (no, not that gun show) at the same time. On top of that, it was the University of Pittsburgh’s graduation weekend. Swollen with tourists, the roads were overwhelmed. The cityscape’s hallmark bridges, which usually serve to facilitate the flow of traffic to different parts of the city, were transformed into structural purgatories. It was a lot like R.E.M.’s video for “Everybody Hurts,” which was better than the “Mothman Prophecies” outcome I kept envisioning.
After navigating what seemed like an endless two-lane labyrinth, we finally arrived at Club Zoo, a venue in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. An all ages show, the crowd was a multi-generational stew of fans, all singing along to songs spanning Brand New’s entire discography (the exception being a set-opening cover of NIN’s “Wish,” which I think most of the crowd interpreted as a new song from Brand New…nubs). See the setlist here.
If Daisy was any indication, I think their best songs might be behind them. But those are great songs that continue to be discovered by kids going through a post-hardcore phase, so anything Brand New can offer afterward is a bonus. Until then, it’s Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis on repeat.
Before heading back to the ‘Bus, we visited the Andy Warhol Museum and had an embarrassing amount of fun playing with Silver Clouds. Their languid movement created the illusion that everything was moving in slow motion. I can imagine the staff’s annoyance as I dodged descending clouds, but I don’t care–those clouds can’t touch me.
Next up, …and you will know us by the trail of dead w/Surfer Blood!