I think they would have been better off if they had, in some way or another, made it clear this wasn't brand new. I think most of the backlash has been because we kind of got stoked for this to be Brand New related and then it didn't happen so we're all disappointed now.
I don't believe so. When I found out Brian Lane was involved in the mystery, my first thought was, 'This is a side-project.' The only people who seemed to think it was Brand New were the ones who wanted it to be Brand New.