“We are not for the faint of heart. I call us an experience ’cause that’s what a BRICK + MORTAR show is.” Clearly Brick + Mortar’s Brandon Asraf (bass guitar, vocals) is not one to shy away from making a statement. But this should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the unconventional Asbury Park, NJ-based indie rock duo whose brash, gritty, whip-smart sound foregoes guitar in favor of bass, drums, and electronic samples and a live show that’s been described as an “interactive frenzy”. After multiple CMJ dates, this week marks the official beginning of the band’s fall US tour as they take their experience on the road with Austin’s Quiet Company (tour dates below).
“Shows played and inspiration gained are the best part of touring,” muses Asraf. He continues, “At Brick + Mortar shows the audience is part of the band. That’s what makes playing each show uniquely exciting and inspiring. Brick + Mortar shows are a party. We will give you 100% every time because we truly love what we do. Hopefully you give us 100% back. ” The tour sees the band heading West and then returning to traverse the Northeast from mid-October to early November.
Asraf and bandmate John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals) formed Brick + Mortar in 2010 to immediate critical buzz that’s now rapidly approaching fever pitch, no doubt buoyed along by the excellent video for their song “Bangs” which premiered on Noisey.comthis summer. The song’s bass hits like a massive punch to the face and the narrative of the ultra-violent accompanying video, inspired by the life of Asraf’s father, is likely one of the more brutal stories you’ve ever bore witness to. “This video opened the door for us to be more than a band. People seem to wait for that song to sing their hearts out at shows,” explains Asraf of the impact the single has had on the band. “Bangs” was released on Mad Dragon Records as part of Motion City Soundtrack’s Making Moves series, where the band featured their personal favorite rising artists in special 7″ releases.
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Aside from touring Brick + Mortar will also be busy with several other projects this fall, including putting out a fully animated music video created by artist Richie Brown and focusing on writing for their debut full length. “The goal is to make our album an audio/visual experience. I feel like the songs I am working with are my best yet. We are ready to make a full-length record,” says Asraf, obviously energized about future possibilities. And well he should be, for a band that has generated this much attention without even releasing a full length, this tour is the perfect opportunity to get the intense, captivating Brick + Mortar experience yourself.
BRICK + MORTAR
10/23 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
10/24 – Akron, OH @ Musica
10/25 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/28 – St. Louis, MO @ Ciceros
10/30 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
10/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose (Upstairs)
11/01 – Washington, DC @ Backstage @ Black Cat
11/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
11/03 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
11/04 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East