From the catchy hooks of Your Favourite Weapon in 2001 to the sonically daring, densely-layered Daisy in 2009, Brian Lane and Brand New have grown from pop-punks to alternative rock craftsmen.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, the band has resolutely followed its own path. Instead of riding the pop-punk/emo wave, they moved in new directions, building their own studio and embracing the chance to create complex alternative rock that can be abrasive and angry or melancholic and introspective.
Whatever the music’s mood, Brian has a gift for crafting memorable and musical drum parts to fit the song. Live, he is joined on stage by his drum tech Ben Homola whenever a song requires an extra pair of hands on percussion to recreate the rich sounds so carefully honed in the studio.
Rhythm sat down with Brian before Brand New’s sold out show at the Roundhouse in London. We bring you pictures of his live kit, plus snippets of that interview, which you can read in full in Rhythm issue 203. Or you can subscribe to Rhythm Magazine to read interviews with the world’s top drummers each month.