Brand New / Glassjaw The Kool Haus, Toronto, ON November 21
Published Nov 23, 2009Brand New's music flowered throughout the Kool Haus and covered the walls like vines on a historic home. Jesse Lacey's sweet vocals nestled the crowd and blossomed during their softer songs; "Bed," "You Stole" and "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" were particularly engaging, his vocal prowess prevalent on the minds and eyes of his ensnared crowd. However, this sedated state wasn't one that would cover Brand New's entire performance, with "Vices," "Sowing Season" and the band's biggest single "Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades" ripping a hole in the Valium-like atmosphere.
The Long Island quintet's musicianship was perfectly groomed like a rose with no thorns. The crowd adored the bouquet of songs from Daisy, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me and Deja Entendu, and Lacey's sex appeal overwhelmed the raging front-row femmes whose screams paralleled his for sheer magnitude. Regardless, Brand New's set was something to behold from days when emo was something people were proud to be, instead of its current drab, dark and depressing temperament.
Glassjaw's temper made for a more visceral performance than their fellow Long Islanders. The opener's lead vocalist, Daryl Palumbo, spat rage through songs from their most aggressive album, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence. His stage presence grew exponentially as the crowd nourished him with their convulsing posture, and when Palumbo and crew performed from Worship and Tribute, the crowd responded with those exact sentiments.