Listen to Brand New's Jesse Lacey cover R.E.M's 'Bad Day'

Frontman shares his track from split EP with Kevin Devine

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Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey has shared his cover version of R.E.M's 'Bad Day' on Youtube, it has been recently revealed (March 2).

Lacey is the final contributor to Kevin Devine's 'Devinyl split' series, which sees the Brooklyn based songwriter team up with various musicians over the course of six separate 7" releases. Previous guests have included Meredith Graves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Tigers Jaw and more. Lacey's contribution - the final in the series - is due for release on March 25 on Bad Timing Records.

According to The FADER, both Devine and Lacey covered R.E.M. songs on the record. Devine covered the 2001 single “Imitation Of Life,” while Lacey took on “Bad Day,” which was one of two previously unreleased songs that was included on the band’s 2003 greatest hits compilation. Listen to Lacey’s impressive cover below.

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In January (2016), Brand New confirmed a release for their fifth album, the first since 2009’s ‘Daisy’, via a mysterious email from their label, Procrastinate! Music Traitors.

The email says that the album will be available in an "unconfirmed format", while other records on the same label will be released on vinyl.

Last year the Long Island band shared their first song in six years, ‘Mene’, along with the statement, "A lot has gone on the last few weeks. Some writing, some recording, some new gear, some studio building."

Since then they have made no further announcements about the record, but in October the band’s singer Jesse Lacey delivered an emotional speech at a live show, hinting at both a new album and the end of the group, calling that gig their last "for a while".

A tearful Lacey told the crowd during the gig: "I’m gonna have a new daughter. We’ll hopefully have a record for you. I wanna tell you right here and now, this isn’t gonna last much longer, but it’s been so special for so long. For as long as it does last, we're so grateful to you all for being here."

The news came days after an announcement that the band will co-headline a US tour with Modest Mouse where they will play 24 dates in June and July.

The tour closes on the last day of July in Modest Mouse's hometown of Portland, Oregon. Modest Mouse described the shows on their Facebook page as "two bands, full sets, no opener."

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Posted by Brand New on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

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