Brand New Sells Shirt Implying the Band Is Breaking Up, But Says They Aren't Breaking Up

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Brian Lane and Jesse Lacey of Brand New perform during 2015 Lollapalooza Day Two  at Grant Park on Aug. 1, 2015 in Chicago.

“This isn’t going to last much longer,” Jesse Lacey warned at the last Brand New show of 2015. In its first big moves of 2016, the Long Island emo band released a new single, followed by new T-shirts with the tagline “BRAND NEW 2000-2018.”

Are we in the early stages of a prolonged farewell tour for the cult heroes? 

Well, leave it to Lacey to keep us guessing. As Chorus.fm points out, Lacey announced that Brand New “is not breaking up” at their show last night (June 2) in Vancouver, their second of 2016. He went on to specify that the band is “not playing music for anyone except themselves anymore,” whatever that means. Perhaps they’ll become the sort of band that doesn’t play live, but still releases music? Will they get together and rock out Your Favorite Weapon in its entirety but not tell a soul to forego those wicked StubHub scalpers?

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Here’s what Lacey had to say:

 

Worth noting: the “BRAND NEW 2000-2018” logo is also being used as an onstage backdrop.

 

Brand New’s last full-length album was 2009’s Daisy. Last month, they released a new single called “I Am a Nightmare,” prompting some to believe a a new (final?) full-length is in the works. Stay tuned.