Getting (Emo)tional with Brand New

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I discovered Brand New, like so many people, in high school.

My boyfriend at the time introduced me to their music, and soon I was playing their first two albums on repeat. While I enjoyed every song I heard, “Soco Amaretto Lime” became our anthem that summer. I felt like tortured frontman Jesse Lacey created that song just for me: It was the summer I turned 18, about to start college in a town far away, and in a wonderful relationship. I was full of optimism of my exciting, new life ahead.

Flash forward a few months later, and that optimism had faded. College life was isolating, and my relationship had disintegrated. I listened to “Soco Amaretto Lime” and its message sounded so foreign to me.

One day, I noticed my ex’s new flame posted some lyrics from “Soco Amaretto Lime” on his Facebook wall. While the context was unclear, my 19-year-old self invented the rest of the story: that song was now their song, not ours. I felt betrayed, but irrationally by Brand New: how could they create a song that could cause me so much heartbreak? I couldn’t listen to that song for a long time; its weight of nostalgia was too strong and full of too many empty promises. 

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