A little less than two weeks away, on Tuesday, November 8th, is a show that we’ve had our eyes set on for months now. And no, I’m not talking about the spectacle of the U.S. election. I’m talking about the Brand New, Front Bottoms, and Modern Baseball concert at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. This lineup is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and the fact that it takes place on Election Day makes it so much better. According to my calculations, Brand New will take the stage around the same time that we find out who will be the next President of the United States of America.
Also, earlier this year, Brand New told all of their fans via email that they would release a new album in 2016. About a month ago they sent out another email saying that they didn’t feel the record was ready yet, and they felt the need to continue polishing the songs until they were as good as they could possibly be. Instead of releasing a new record, they decided to treat this tour like somewhat of ten-year anniversary tour for their beloved 2006 album The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me. Meaning, of course, that they will play the record in full at each of the dates on this tour.
The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball are two bands that we think are perfect supporting acts for Brand New. They are both great bands in themselves, and their sounds will complement that of Brand New quite nicely. The Front Bottoms are a band that I always like to compare, both lyrically and sonically, to Say Anything. The Front Bottoms use a more direct approach in their lyricism, and are slightly less weird than Say Anything, but the nature of them is quite the same. Plus, they always put on a hell of a show. The first time I saw them I wished I’d known the words to the songs, so I could sing along with everybody else.
Modern Baseball released their new full-length album, Holy Ghost back in May, and it’s a great example of what people are calling an “emo revival”. They take a different approach than the classic emo bands of the early 2000s, with more rock elements in their songs and less screaming, but they are truly cut from the same cloth. Modern Baseball is a front runner in the movement, and Holy Ghost and the rest of their music is worth many delightful listens. I look forward to seeing them live for the first time.
This is a show you don’t want to miss, especially for Brand New fans. Seeing Devil & God in played its entirety is going to be an epic experience. Plus, we might even get to hear Jesse Lacey tell us who the next president will be. Get your tickets here.