Here is a review and pictures from their live show in Portland, Oregon.ÃÂ They were awesome!ÃÂ Pictures by Troy Kujala Photography. Review written by Trista K.
Having just released their much-anticipated Senior album, Daisy, Brand New appeared to be immersed in their on-going transformation during their sold-out performance at the Roseland Theatre. A somber-looking Jesse Lacey (lead vocals/guitar) leisurely walked out on stage in a casual flannel and bright blue beanie, not to move from that very spot for the entire 90-plus minute set. Jesse did, however, manage to bellow out a variety of new songs from Daisy, as well as more familiar tracks from Deja Entendu (2003), and The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (2006), with an obvious raw sincerity. Brand NewÃ¢â¬â¢s other members kept the crowd eager by thrashing around the rest of the stage. Sing-alongs ensued, followed by what seemed like confusion at times as to what to do with the bands latest, and more introspective, complex tracks. With the light of a single spotlight, Lacey closed the show with a moving rendition of Ã¢â¬ÅPlay Crack the SkyÃ¢â¬Â, where in the darkness of the stage, JesseÃ¢â¬â¢s younger brother and theManchester Orchestra front man, Andy Hull, stepped up and added more effect to an already compelling conclusion. Overall, Brand NewÃ¢â¬â¢s performance left you with more questions than answers and a new curiosity to further explore the inner-workings of Daisy.
Opening for Brand New, no one seemed to want to move anywhere but forward in anticipation of Atlanta, GeorgiaÃ¢â¬â¢s Manchester Orchestra. And rightfully so. This rock band put on a non-stop, delightfully intense performance that was both exhilarating and highly animated. Though they are a young band, the dynamics of Manchester Orchestra on stage tell a story of a unique unity that surpasses the more experienced. ManchesterÃ¢â¬â¢s latest album, Mean Everything to Nothing, has received much praise from critics and fans alike, and their live performance leaves no less to be expected.
For their first performance of the tour, PortlandÃ¢â¬â¢s own The Builders and the Butchers kicked off the show with an effective set list from their latest album, Salvation is a Deep Dark Well, that had the crowd clapping and stomping along to every song. These five natives of Alaska have settled into an ever-growing fan base since forming their Southern-Gothic quartet in 2005. The Builders and the Butchers left an energetic buzz swirling around the venue as they exited the stage, proving to be a great new addition to the tour.
Pictures below by Troy Kujala Photography