Fantasy, especially the modern form, does not follow any set of rules and even its most common source of material – myths and legends – are also highly improbable. But what makes Fantasy in fiction interesting is that it gives life to such outlandish supernatural worlds that it makes us believe they could actually exist. The Harry Potter world, for instance, wants to make audiences believe that witches and wizards co-exist among us. This fantasy world is filled with magical creatures and powerful beings that actually influence our own world. It is an impossible notion, but one made probable by this story.
For years, Brand New obsessed over Science Fiction and it should be treated in kind. It secures their place in 21st-century rock music by re-establishing why a lot of their acolytes became musicians themselves. Whether it’s Manchester Orchestra ’s blockbuster dirges, Lil Peep ’s sweet and sour emo-rap, Julien Baker ’s ecclesiastical confessionals, the cleansing emotional purge of Sorority Noise ’s You’re Not As _____ As You Think , the caustic nu-grunge of Citizen, or even their choices in opening acts ( Modern Baseball , Cloakroom , (Sandy) Alex G , Foxing ), popular guitar music in 2017 has been undeniably shaped by Brand New, a band who has served not just as damaged role models but as a formative musical influence. And this was all before they provided an example of what all these bands could aspire to sound like in their 40s without disowning their younger, more dramatic selves. In death, they provide a last will and testament—if this truly is the end for Brand New, Science Fiction points a way forward for everyone else.
While Hollywood garners all the big bucks for its sci-fi, it ignores whats happening with written sf. Recent sf writers are taking the best elements of the Golden Age and the New Wave and creating something totally new and original, and doing it with real skill, but movies are still doing sci-fi. Movies have ignored Gene Wolfe, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Dan Simmons, and hoards of others in favor of remakes of schlock. Gems like Bladerunner come along far too rarely. We can only hope sci-fi will eventually mature into science fiction.