Jesse Lacey Of Brand New Covered R.E.M. And It’s Great

The enigmatic frontman recorded “Bad Day” for his friend Kevin Devine’s split series.

March 03, 2016

For some reason, Brand New has never been written about on The FADER, unless you count a half-sentence mention in a short blog post about a Modern Baseball song. Well that's changing today, kind of. Jesse Lacey, the fiercely beloved rock band's enigmatic frontman, recorded a song for the latest installment of his friend Kevin Devine's split series, a project that has previously featured contributions from artists like Tigers Jaw, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Meredith Graves.

For this two-song release, which drops on March 25 with some very OVO-esque cover art, both dudes took on R.E.M. songs. Lacey's long been known to channel emotional ’80s vocalists, so he sounds at home covering "Bad Day," a politically bleak and rhythmically buoyant sort-of protest song that technically predates the similar-sounding "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Check it out below, and order the split—which includes Devine's version of "Imitation of Life," plus liner-note musings from both songwriters—right here.

Jesse Lacey Of Brand New Covered R.E.M. And It’s Great