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Jesse Lacey


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Jesse Thomas Lacey (born July 10, 1978) is an American musician from Levittown, New York. He is the lead singer of the band Brand New.

As well as being the lead singer of Brand New, he also plays guitar and piano and writes most of the band’s songs and lyrics. During a concert in St. Louis, Missouri, Lacey stated during his sophomore year in high school, he was persuaded to begin playing bass guitar for his high school talent show by friend John Nolan. Before Brand New, he played in The Rookie Lot, featuring fellow Brand New bassist Garrett Tierney and drummer Brian Lane, as well as future Movielife member Brandon Reilly. Previous to this, he had a short spell in Taking Back Sunday where he played bass and backing vocals on old records. Two notable songs he features on are: “Go On” and “Summer Stars” from the band’s self-titled EP.

Jesse Lacey has close ties with fellow Long Island musician John Nolan.[2] Lacey attended South Shore Christian School with Nolan, a current member of Taking Back Sunday (as of March ‘10) and founding member of his former band Straylight Run. The two had a brief falling out after Lacey’s girlfriend cheated on him with Nolan. In a later phone conversation, Lacey allegedly spoke the words “Is that what you call tact? You’re as subtle as a brick in the small of my back, so let’s end this call and end this conversation.” This line became the opening salvo (as it later ending up in the Brand New song “Seventy Times Seven”) in a series of insults delivered at each other through songs by their respective bands.


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