Modest Mouse and Brand New Headlining Madison Square Garden Is a DIY Triumph
    • TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016

    • Posted by: Mike Montemarano

    It's been a good time to be a Brand New fan. Aside from the first newly-released song in 6 years titled Mene, and a press release alluding the potential for a new and most likely final Brand New record, the Long Islanders will be joining Modest Mouse and touring the nation, each band playing an exclusive full set. Along the way, the two groups will be making stops nationwide, occasionally at massive venues including Madison Square Garden (where Brand New will close the show). It will most likely make for one of if not the most massive tours either of these bands will headline.

    While Modest Mouse has remained consistently active in recent years, there hasn't been much floating around regarding the elusive Brand New, who often duck in and out of activity. Despite this, the quartet who hail from Long Island are widely regarded as one of the biggest bands to surface in the mid 2000s alongside those in the scene surrounding a do-it-yourself style of rock and pop punk. It should be quite the phenomenon to see the band tour again and perform songs that span over the past fifteen years, some of which had origins in being played live in house basements and tiny venues.

    After exploding in notoriety solely through word of mouth, Brand New's critical acclaim began through an almost cult-like, loyal fandom that many pop-punkers found to be the springboard to playing at music festivals such as Vans Warped Tour and the like. As headliners, though, this tour may bring the most massive turnout the band will have ever pulled together. Much like Brand New, Modest Mouse has widely been considered to be one of the most influential groups of the late 90s and early 2000s alt-rock only after their beginnings as a self-made band beginning at a small-town record label.

    The loyal fandom and cult following that made Brand New as impactful as they were will, with no doubt, come in pilgrimage and sell out venues as large as Madison Square Garden to see Brand New in what could be their last tour for quite some time. With each band having gained an almost cult-like following throughout their lengthy discographies as some of the most definitive members of alt-rock, this tour will provide a legion of those raised by alternative rock with a double headliner that will be painful to miss.

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