Thrashing about with an immense amount of energy, Brick + Mortar’slatest EP release, Bangs, is clamoring and absolutely off the wall.
We’ve fallen in love with previous singles such as the lovely, “Heatstroke,” or the raw, abrasive title-track, “Bangs.” Yet, today finally marks the duo’s EP release which is a cohesive and quick snippet of what these boys can really throw down. Here’s hoping our ears get a full album in the near future, but Bangswill certainly be getting some heavy rotation until then.
Having lived in Philadelphia for over 5 years now, I’ve been given a lot of flack for not praying to their God that is Bruce Springsteen. I actually have no opinion on the man, which I think angers people more.
Anyways, this fabulous rework of his legendary song, “I’m On Fire,” is pretty cool. I love the oscillating synths and the steady yet glo-fi beat underneath carrying the entire track. These are two genre’s and sounds I never imagined coming together.
For being only a duo act, Brick + Mortar sure know how to fill out their sound. I love their defiant lyrics and drums, whirling guitars, and those shouting vocals of Brandon Asraf.
These guys are swiftly making moves, left and right. With their recent work of joining forces with Drexel University’s record label, Mad Dragon, check out their latest track off the upcoming 7” (June 19th) titled, “Other Drugs.” Heavy hitting in all of the right places, be sure keep tabs on these gentleman, they’re on a very good path.
I’ve been in a really big post-rock instrumental kick lately. This one is a treat anyhow. It’s one of those songs you want to close your door and feel something to. Just beautifully cinematic.
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles is a New Jersey band that has taken their name from the Chinese film that goes by the same title. The film is about a father and son’s relationship, a diagnosis of cancer and the grappling with deep rooted and buried issues. Interestingly enough, the band has just released a track last month they wrote for a friend who was diagnosed with cancer as well but has recently overcome it.
This contest is for one of our favorite new bands emerging from New Jersey, Brick + Mortar. B+M create music that’s heavily based on percussion and vocals which makes up for one pretty interesting and addicting electro-rock sound.
The duo are hosting a pretty cool event asking the public to remix their track,“Move to the Ocean” (right-click) and have dumped all of the necessary stems onto their soundcloud page. Check out the prizes:
Winning remix will be included on a future promotional CD sampler.
Winning artist will have the opportunity to play a live show with Brick + Mortar in our home town of Asbury Park, NJ (travel costs not included).
Winning remix will be promoted throughout our next tour and at all our SXSW showcases.
Free Brick + Mortar T-Shirt, 7 Years in the Mystic Room CD, Heatstroke (maxi-single) CD, Making Moves 7″ vinyl record (when released), and stickers.
Contest submissions end at 7PM EST on March 7, 2012.
The winner will be selected, and announced on March 9, 2012.
Also watch the brilliantly remixed video from B+M of Philadelphia’s Jack Deezl’sown remix. That made sense right?
The duo has recently announced they’ll be playing at SXSW as well.
Got a tip this morning from the Brick + Mortar gang that they’re giving out “For Yellow Walls” for free today on their bandcamp. It’s a combination of surfy guitars, piano keys, crashing percussion and almost shouting vocals that make this track incredibly addicting.
Grab the freebie then head on over and give the rest of their album a spin. Or how about you revisit the duo’s other fantastic track, “Heatstroke” and just try to stop tapping your foot.
Hey no shit, these guys are from New Jersey! (ha!) Sorry Jerz.
I came across Brick + Mortar the other day and was first introduced to their sound through their newest single “Heatstroke.” I was immediately engrossed by this track upon my very first listen. Normally it’s the music that hits me first, but for this one it was really about the lyrics and the sound of singer Brandon Asraf’s voice. Just has a very raw and honest sound to it, lyrics included. Kind of reminds me of Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse (a little less whiny though).
After hearing “Heatstroke” I checked into the band’s back catalogue and found their only other release, last year’s EP “7 Years in the Mystic Room.” This is also really good and has some, what I guess you would call “indie pop sensibilities” with some reggae type grooves and various electronics to fill out the overall sound.
I’m very glad I came across these guys and thrilled that they are based just next door in Jersey. I’d love to check them out some time.
Give the little number I’m raving about a listen below and below (x2) is the 7 Years EP.
Nov 16 Piano’s New York, NY
Nov 18 w/Junior Astronomers Asbury Lanes“Heatstroke” Release SHOW!! Asbury Park, NJ
Nov 19 Rathaus Philadelphia, PA
Nov 21 Snug Harbor Charlotte, NC
Nov 22 Beys Columbia, SC
Nov 23 Tin Roof Charleston, SC
Whew, lately it seems the frequency in music submissions has gone way up. Although I can never guarantee anyone coverage on the blog, I do really enjoy the influx of emails going on in my inbox. Anyways, I thought I’d feature some of the music that’s stood out as of late and perhaps turn your ears onto something lovely.
Meet The Ugly Club, who on further inspection I’ve declared aren’t actually so ugly at all but I guess that’s not the point now is it? These gentlemen produce a classic indie-rock sound with flashes of pop and psychedelia. It’s a pretty fantastic thing to listen to with just enough lo-fi to refresh your ears (and you know how much I love lo-fi anything). Thankfully they’ve released their EP, “Visions of Tall Girl” for free on their bandcamp which you can grab here. I’m thinking a slightly American-sounding Kooks at certain moments..amirite? You decide.
While you’re right-clicking and enjoying the above track you should check the video below where Music1nFocuscaught some acoustic footage of the guys with the NYC skyline in the background. It’s a beautiful thing.
Last week a cop was a good guy. A really good guy. A great guy. Last week a cop saved a life. That’s not normal, right? Usually we hear tales of police brutality, cops being assholes, abusing power, getting away with murder.
I don’t like that stuff. It sucks. It represents how ugly and corrupt humanity can be and can cause us to lose faith in the system that is supposed to be in place to protect us. It’s not comforting at all and it can very justifiably lead to cynicism about all police officers. Just look at how many songs are made in protest of miscarriages of justice and wrong-doings by cops. That is almost what we have come to expect.
Last week something different happened. A man was playing basketball in a men’s league in my hometown and his left arm started hurting. Breathing became a difficult task for him. He was laboring. A call was put in to 911 but he told them not to send an ambulance because his insurance wasn’t good. His friend agreed that he would drive him to the hospital. Thankfully a police officer had already shown up at the gym as he was alerted to the situation by the 911 dispatcher because right then is when the man went down. Continue reading →