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Brand New, Man Man and Dinosaur Pile-Up @ The Mann.

July 15, 2014

Man ManText by Gabi Chepurny. Images by Evan Kaucher.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts housed a sold out show on Saturday for cult favorite Brand New.

Openers Dinosaur Pile-Up started the show with some dance-worthy tunes while simultaneously playing what you would have listened to alone in your bedroom at age 14. They kept on-stage banter to a minimum, except for lead singer Matt Bigland’s thank-you to the headliners, “I don’t’ like talking during shows because I’m fucking awkward but I just want to say thanks for taking us on tour. Thanks Brand New!”

Philadelphia’s own Man Man then took the stage in a flurry of noise.

“What the fuck is that?” asked a concertgoer who apparently had not heard of the experimental group consisting of Honus Honus, Pow Pow, Shono and Brown Sugar.

They incorporated everything from jazz to circus-sounding riffs into their set. The band later acknowledged on their blog that they’re mystifying everyone when they wrote, “Brand New dudes are rad, their audience was confused by us.”

Brand New came on to screaming fans, bright lights and mic stands decorated with floral arrangements. A super moon hung over the outdoor venue as the crowd sang along to every single world. Fans were over the edge of excitement as Brand New played tracks from their entire catalogue, even reaching back to 2001’s, Your Favorite Weapon to play “Seventy Times 7.”

Throughout the set, the band stuck mostly to their music, pausing only at the end to humbly thank the supporting acts for performing and fans for attending. While it was nice of lead singer Jesse Lacey to thank us for coming out, it should have been the other way around as the band’s set left zero room for complaint.

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