Your Favorite Weapon (2001) is the debut full-length album by Long Island-based band Brand New.
The album consists largely of power chord-heavy pop-punk songs, detailing the highs and lows of teenage relationships and experiences. As of 2009, the band has begun to perform some tracks from this release more frequently, such as "The Shower Scene"; "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad"; "Mixtape"; "The No Seatbelt Song"; "Seventy Times 7" and "Soco Amaretto Lime".
The song title "Seventy Times 7" in Your Favorite Weapon comes from a verse in the Holy Bible - Matthew 18:22 - where Jesus tells Peter he must forgive his brother "seventy times seven times" - "Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how oft should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy times seven times.". The song is about a disagreement between Jesse Lacey and childhood friend John Nolan, then-guitarist in Taking Back Sunday. Taking Back Sunday later released "There's No 'I' in Team," which is their side of the story. Lacey and Nolan are now on good terms again and are well past the issue.
A line in "The Shower Scene" (which itself is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho) which reads "It's time for you to choose / The bullet or the chapstick" is an allusion to a speech by Malcolm X entitled "The Ballot or the Bullet".
In August 2002, Iodine Recordings released Your Favorite Weapon on vinyl along with an extra track, "…My Nine Rides Shotgun", a song from the band's early days. This is also available as a bonus track on the Japanese release of the album. This vinyl pressing was done on blue vinyl, and is exceedingly rare. The few copies that do surface online tend to fetch prices near $200.
The band also stated on numerous occasions that they weren't entirely happy with the recordings of the songs, and in 2002, re-recorded "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" and released it for free on MP3.com.
The album was finally released in the UK on March 17, 2003, by Eat Sleep Records, followed shortly by the single "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad", released on CD and 7" vinyl, two and a half months later on June 2, 2003. "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" had also previously been made into a music video, helping the band gain many fans across the world.
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