When your head goes through the windshield: the 10 best moments of the TBS/Brand New feud

April 11, 2014 by Matt Crane

When your head goes through the windshield: the 10 best moments of the TBS/Brand New feud

3. Taking Back Sunday strike back: “There’s No ‘I’ In Team”

Taking Back Sunday weren’t just going to eat Jesse Lacey’s dust and call it quits. When Tell All Your Friends came out in 2002, a strikingly direct lyrical response to Brand New’s “Seventy Times 7” was found on the album’s fourth track, “There’s No ‘I’ In Team.” Nolan and Lazzara alternate on vocals throughout the song, dishing out blows like, “Best friends means I pulled the trigger/Best friends means you get what you deserve”—a direct reference to a Brand New line in “Seventy Times 7.” But, toward the end, TBS cut out all subtlety:

I swear you have no idea.
(I hope there's ice on all the roads.)
The jealousy that became me thinking.
(That's right he said.)
(And you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt.)
That you always had it way too easy.
(And again when your head goes through the windshield.)

4. All of the other songs involved
Though it requires a bit of speculation, there are a number of other songs worth diving into that are open for interpretation and could’ve played a role in the feud: Taking Back Sunday’s “Timberwolves At New Jersey” and “…Slowdance On The Inside;” as well as Brand New’s “Mix Tape” and “Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't.”

5. Brand New’s dis shirt

Why not cash in on the drama that your fans are so occupied with? Brand New did exactly that when they took their beef with TBS to print, in the form of an insulting band T-shirt. The shirt read, “Because mics are for singing, not swinging,” which was directed at Lazzara and his signature mic-swinging stage move. (See: the band’s Jimmy Kimmel performance). TBS made a shirt in return. It read: Proudly Swinging Since 1999.

6. That time they made up onstage

It looks like at one point in 2002, both sides had made up, if only temporarily. The band’s toured together all summer in 2002, along with Rufio. Lacey joined Taking Back Sunday onstage during a show in Boulder, Colorado, where they performed “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” together. Lazzara stated on stage, “This song is called ‘Seventy Times 7’ and/or ‘There’s No ‘I’ In Team,’ depending on which record you bought first.” Nolan also joined Brand New onstage during the same show.

7. Brand New performing “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” on Warped Tour 2003

At the Camden, New Jersey, date of the 2003 Vans Warped Tour, Brand New performed a mash up of “Seventy Times 7” and “There’s No ‘I’ In Team.”

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