Brand New have announced that they will not be releasing a new album this year.
The cult New York four-piece streamed a new project, ‘3 Demos, Reworked’, back in July, which consisted of three reworked demos from the recording sessions of their third album ‘The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me’, which was released in 2006. This surprise release added to speculation that the band would release their long-awaited fifth album later this year.
However, Brand New have now announced that they’ve scrapped plans to release an album in 2016. In a new statement posted on their social media channels, the band say that their plans to release a new record “were authentic, but we are changing them.”
“First, an apology,” the statement reads. “At some point previous, we, Brand New, admitted our plans to release a record this year. These plans were authentic, but we are changing them. While there exists a collection of songs that, right now, some would call fit to be an album, to us it is not complete enough, refined enough, or edited thoroughly enough to be something we would call finished or essential. Brand New will not release a record in 2016.”
Despite that bad news, the band have clarified that their upcoming autumn tour, which visits both North America and the UK (where they’ll support Biffy Clyro), will see them play ‘The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me’ in full, on account of its tenth anniversary.
“It is an important record and piece of work to us, and one that ten years later we still use as a measuring post with which we compare the music we make now,” the statement continues. “So we have decided that on the upcoming fall tour, which begins on October 13, we will be performing the record, each night, in its entirety. It will be included within a larger set of songs, and will not exclude us playing music from other albums, or new music, nightly.”
See the full statement below.
— Brand New (@brandnewrock) September 26, 2016
Brand New are still expected to break up in 2018, after stock from their online merchandise featured the dates ‘2000-2018’.