Brand New is an American alternative rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2000, the group includes Jesse Lacey (vocals, guitar), Vincent Accardi (guitar, vocals), Garrett Tierney (bass, vocals), and Brian Lane (drums, percussion). Between 2005 and 2013, the band plays with Derrick Sherman (guitar, chorus, keyboards).
In the late 1990s, Jesse Lacey, Garrett Tierney and Brian Lane are members of The Rookie Lot. They separate from the other members of the group, and form in 2000 in Merrick. The group signed to the Triple Crown Records label and released its first album, Your Favorite Weapon, in 2001. Their second album, Deja Entendu, was released in 2003 and marks a stylistic shift in the group.
In the late 1990s, Jesse Lacey, Garrett Tierney and Brian Lane were all part of The Rookie Lot, a post-hardcore group >>>. After the breakup of The Rookie Lot, Lacey, Lane and Tierney started playing together with Vincent "Wine" Accardi arriving in the group. The name Brand New comes from a song of the Beastie Boys.
After signing a deal with Triple Crown Records, the band starts working on their first album, Your Favorite Weapon. It is produced by the friend of the group, Mike Sapone >>>.
The album is a mix of songs from their old demos and new material. As Jesse Lacey, the lyricist of the band, was a teenager when he wrote Your Favorite Weapon, the album is about teenage anger and rebellion. Many of the songs in this album are about the relationship between Lacey and teenage best friend John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday's guitarist), with whom his girlfriend at the time had cheated on him. The album did not have much success but allowed the band to travel around the world, supporting bands such as Good Charlotte and Incubus. The album is well received by the specialized press >>> and is sold at 50,000 copies >>>.