Brand New singer covers Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely"

Up front, we've never been big huge Brand New fans or anything, but were pretty overwhelmingly won over by Jesse Lacey's solo set last Tuesday, which kids were trying to bribe us to get into and whatnot. Their last album established them as the Long Island emo band it was okay to like, sort of. And since Sharon's a huge fan, and so is Rick, so we went along for the ride. It's always a good omen to stumble on a soundcheck where someone's playing one of the good Iron and Wine songs, and over the course of an hour or so of talking and playing, we decided Jesse was good people. Like the story about how his dad got him into Jesus and Mary Chain, or how "Web in Front" by Archers of Loaf changed his life, or how he stole a line on the new Brand New album from a 13th Floor Elevators song, or his digressions about the Jesus Lizard ("they're hard to really get, but they'll bash your brains out") and Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea ("the greatest record ever written").

And then, to top it all off, he whipped out our favorite NMH song of them all, "Oh Comely." Also probably the hardest to sing, let alone make sense of. It was good enough to make us drag the CD out and listen to it again on the way into work the next day, reminiscing about seeing NMH at the first Terrastock down in Providence, months before Aeroplane was released: Jeff Mangum wandered out onstage alone with a guitar and played that as the first song, leaving an abandoned warehouse full of indie geeks with their jaws and brains permanently dislocated. Jeff Mangum, dude. Whatever happened to that guy? In any case, we'd like to begin lobbying for this Jesse to put out a solo record, even though he's sort of against solo records. (Which is kind of an adorable thing to be against, isn't it?)

DOWNLOAD: Brand New's Jesse Lacey, "Oh Comely (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)" (mp3)

Brand New/Jesse Lacey
April 24, 2007
First Act Guitar Studio, Boston.
Thanks to the letters WFNX and VW.

The compelte setlist (download the full set here)

Upward Over the Mountain (Iron and Wine, incomplete)
The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot
Oh Comely (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)

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