What is Maroon 5 Syndrome? Well, look at Maroon 5. Do you know anyone in the band besides the singer, Adam Levine? Didn’t think so. Surprisingly, this isn’t an article about Maroon 5 or syndromes I’m trying to copyright. No, I’m throwing words about Brand New at you, because in the alternative scene, Brand New is basically Maroon 5… only you know, actually listenable.
There is a lot to be said about Brand New, and I’ve said more than my fair share of words about them since they tumbled into my life in 2003, when I was a wee lass of 13.
A lot of times, though, people focus on one thing and one thing only: the numerous and sometimes exaggerated virtues of Jesse Lacey, the vocalist and thus face of the band. While Jesse is talented, of course, he’s not so talented that you should forget the three other members of the band.
Consider this: while you might go see Jesse playing acoustic, those songs would not have come into being if not for the entire band. Vinnie even writes lyrics occasionally. He deserves more credit than a lot of fans give him. The entire band does. The opening to “Sic and Transit Gloria… Glory Fades”? That’s a bass line. There would be no bass line without Garrett Tierney. And listen to Daisy and tell me Brian Lane is expendable, I dare you.
It’s understandable that Jesse be the face of Brand New, and even the most popular, it’s the occupational hazard of being a vocalist (except with Fall Out Boy, but that’s just… weird) but when people don’t even bother to acknowledge the other members of the band, it’s an issue.
Bands are more than their lead singers. Start treating them as such.