At Lollapalooza 2008, Brand New put on an awesome show at the peak of their popularity. What the heck does a punk rock band’s performance in Chicago three years ago have to do with a post rock band’s performance tomorrow in San Francisco? Throughout Brand New’s set, lead singer Jesse Lacey insisted that no one should be watching them, as Explosions in the Sky was simultaneously performing on the other side of Lollapalooza. Lacey isn’t the first or last person to suggest that nothing, including his own band, tops the experience of Explosions in the Sky live.
With over a decade of great material, they can’t go wrong with their set list, but expect some tracks from their latest album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, including the fantastic “Let Me Back In”. If the guitar in the beautiful middle section doesn’t do convince you to see them tomorrow, listen for the soothing piano and magnificent crescendo and emotional melody in “So Long, Lonesome”. There is something for everyone except logophiles.
If you’re not at the Bridge Stage at 7:40, remember what Jesse Lacey said: “What are you doing here? Go see Explosions in the Sky!”
Explosions in the Sky – Let Me Back In (download)
Explosions in the Sky – So Long, Lonesome (download)