No, that isn’t my new favorite cocktail. Actually, it’s a cocktail I’ve never even tried since I hate Southern Comfort. I am a fan of amaretto, though, so maybe someday… But I digress. “Soco Amaretto Lime” is the name of the last track on Brand New’s first record. It also happens to be one of my favorite tracks from that record.
I woke up this morning with an overwhelming desire to search YouTube for videos from the Brand New concert I went to in April. That seemed strange, even by my standards, but when I looked at the calendar it all made sense. The concert was exactly five months ago (April 27). And, interestingly enough, the next Brand New show I have tickets for is two months less a day from today (November 26 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, baby!).
Admittedly, flying to Philly/AC after Thanksgiving is an even dumber idea than flying to Philly for Easter was, but I don’t care. God only knows when I’ll get to see Brand New again. And I would fly a hell of a lot further to see them (England in February comes to mind). These are the joys (travails?) of loving a band that plays things close to the vest. For all I know, they’re putting the finishing touches on LP#5 as I type and making plans for a major US tour in 1Q12. Though the major tour thing doesn’t really seem their style anymore but, again, what do I know? But I digress (wildly).
I’m kind of amazed at people who are willing to experience concerts through camera lenses. I went through a phase 10 years ago where I was all about sneaking in a camera (these were the days before cameraphones, remember). Then I realized that I was squandering the opportunity. My favorite band was 50 feet in front of me, why the hell was I looking through a viewfinder? I’m glad I decided to simply live in the moment when at a show, but I’m also grateful for the people who take videos at shows. Especially when they put them up on YouTube.
All of that was just a really long-winded way of introducing a couple of the amazing videos I found from the 4/27 show at the Electric Factory. My YouTube search took seconds and came up with dozens of results. I didn’t look at all of them (though I wanted to), but these are a couple I really love.
They opened their set with “Sowing Season (Yeah)” (technically the song that made me a Brand New fan) and I love this black and white video.
One of the highlights of the show for me was when they played “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot.” It’s one of my favorite songs from their second record and I never expected to see them play it live. Amy can attest that I kinda freaked out when it started. FYI, this video is kind of shaky and Blair Witch-esque, but I am just mesmerized by the song and the performance.
Speaking of mesmerizing performances, they closed the show with (what else) “Soco Amaretto Lime.” When Jesse announced that it was the last song, I was annoyed that they didn’t play “Play Crack the Sky,” but by the end of the first verse I kind of didn’t care. I feel like this video perfectly encapsulates why I am so obsessed with Brand New. Also, this video is much less shaky than “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot.”
I realize that I can sound a little fangirl swoon-y when I talk about Brand New, but I assure you that I could be so much worse. If you’re looking for proof, I suggest that you check the comments on any of the YouTube videos I’ve included here (or, really, any video of Brand New on YouTube). If you’re interested, here are the links for “Sowing Season (Yeah),” “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot,” and “Soco Amaretto Lime.”