Leaked on Thursday (17 August) and officially available to buy via Procrastinate now after mysterious CDs were sent out, it comes alongside news of UK and US tours in the fall.
There is a typical Brand New approach to Science Fiction in the sense that they are once again attempting to redefine and progress their sound – but there is an overlying atmosphere that this will be the final nail in the coffin for the Long Island outfit. Hinting constantly with cryptic lyrics throughout, tied with their 2000-2018 t-shirts and frontman Jesse Lacey’s “We’re done. Oh yeah, we’re done, and it makes nights like this all the more special so thanks for being here,” statement this is surely the end.
In Waste (track 3) we hear they lyrics “This is the last one,” and “It’s going to feel so good to let it go,” which only reinforce the theme of departing as a band. This follows on from Can’t Get it Out where Lacey rambles about “Strumming with a heavy wrist,” it gives the impression that Brand New are putting the album out and still churning out new music with much reluctance.
Hints of The Devil and God and Daisy are the most dominant in terms of where Science Fiction is on the spectrum of Brand New releases. Once again trying to revitalise the ’emo scene,’ which is ironic given their adamance of breaking up and dying, this is the first full length record by Brand New since 2009‘s Daisy and the twelve tracks that have come from nowhere, via I Am a Nightmare and Mene are without a doubt worth the wait.
Giving reference (maybe) to TDAGARIM’s You Won’t Know lyric “They say in heaven there’s no husbands and wives” is Could Never Be Heaven. We hear pleading choruses of “Could never be heaven without you” and “All of the songs are about you.” It is not just lyrics that give reference to earlier releases from Brand New – the acoustic led, arena filling anthems are reflective of the Daisy period where the likes of Bought a Bride pumped a new lease of life into the band.
Hopefully the Science Fiction tracks are as good live as they are on a record we did not expect – tickets for their London, Glasgow and Dublin shows sold out quick but may be available from the usual outlets.