After a few years of silence Brand New released some new material. At first it was only one new song, called “Mene,” which was initially only released digitally. “Mene” was quickly followed (by Brand New standards) by “I Am A Nightmare,” and then the band re-recorded three of the songs that were part of what has been dubbed the Leaked Demos from 2006 and released them, along with the original demo version, as a 10″ EP.
The six songs; three newly recorded versions of the demos and the three original versions of the demos, were packaged together as a release entitled “3 Demos, Reworked.” The 10″ was pressed on black vinyl, with an unknown amount pressed. I’ll get into the pressing info a bit later, but first some more details about this release. All copies come with a download card for high qaulity 320 kbps MP3s.
The Demos 10″ has some nice touches to it. The jacket has a die-cut cover. And again, the artwork was done by Morning Breath, the same artist/company that did the artwork for the “I Am A Nightmare” 12″ and “Mene” 7″. Inside the jacket is colored red instead of the traditional plain white. The printed dust sleeve slides into the jacket to fill in the die-cut and create the cover art. Once you remove the dust sleeve more portions of the art layout of the release come into view, as the phrase “Never Finished” appear printed inside the jacket which shows through the die-cut on the cover. Imagery from the back of the printed dust sleeve also appear on the download card.
The six songs (remember each song essentially appears twice, re-recored and demo version) that appear on this 10″ are as follows: “Brother’s Song,” “Missing You” and “1996.” The re-recorded versions all appear on the a-side, with the original demo versions all appearing on the b-side. So three track per side.
Pressing info for the Demos 10″ has not been released. And based on the phrasing “indefinite pressing quantity” used on the band’s label’s official web store listing for this single, pressing info, if there is any to be had, will never be released. If that phrasing is indicative of anything, it’s that the single will be kept in print, and there were easily thousands of these pressed.
The Demos 10″ costs $12 before shipping directly from Procrastinate! Music Traitors, the band’s label. Their web store, which is hosted by Merch Direct, is pretty much the only place to buy the single (band did sell some copies at shows), it hasn’t been distributed, at least not yet. With that said, Run For Cover Records (RFC) did get some copies of the single in their distro section, which is where I bought it from. RFC charged the same price for the records as Brand New, but RFC only charged pretty much half of what Merchdirect wanted for shipping; $5.75. Combine that with a 15% off coupon and by shopping smartly I got what will likely be the best deal possible on these records. Even if Merchdirect offered one of their many sales they do on a somewhat regular basis, shipping would pretty much negate any discount price. So you would spend basically the same as what I wound up spending buying these records from RFC. Merch Direct didn’t offer media mail shipping if you bought all three of Brand New’s new records, so shipping was just under $10 from them. And If you bought each of the Brand New records individually from Procrastinate! shipping would be $4 each time. However, after writing this I discovered that Bull Moose is carrying this 10″. But even with their free shipping it would be more than what I bought them for from RFC. Bull Moose marked up the records a bit; $1.97 cents for the Demos 10″.
One thing I will say about ordering directly from the Procrastinate! is that they send you two free stickers with each of the three records. You get a generic Procrastinate! label sticker and a release specific sticker. You don’t get those records if you order from RFC, but I’d rather save money.