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Drexel University’s MAD Dragon Records (MDR) and Motion City Soundtrack are pleased to announce the second release of the Making Moves series, Brick + Mortar. Making Moves features a series of 7 inch releases by emerging artists, produced and curated by members of Motion City Soundtrack. The Making Moves Series will be released jointly on MAD Dragon Records and Motion City Soundtrack’s recently launched record label, The Boombox Generation. The unconventional two-piece, known as Brick + Mortar, will be releasing their Making Moves 7-inch on June 19th. This will contain two single tracks on 7-inch vinyl, as well as a bonus track released with the digital package.
Brick + Mortar are an indie rock drum & bass duo who fuse driving percussion, grooving bass, eclectic samples, and anthemic vocals to create a new world sound that is so fresh you truly need to hear it yourself. Consisting of Brandon Asraf and John Tacon, the duo have become a significant part of the musical and artistic culture of Asbury Park, NJ as they are one of the first electronic drum and bass pop duos to have such success in the area. Since middle school, the two bonded over their shared interest in the artistry of songwriting and as the band Brick + Mortar, they began to focus more heavily on the use of electronic samples in their music as well as relying less on improvisation and more on structured pop songs.
The duo began performing regularly up and down the New Jersey coast, building a reputation as one of the strongest live acts to come out of the state. Performing live with triggered samples creates a show like no other where all samples are physically altered and timed on the spot. Notable support for national acts include the likes of Galactic, Jimmy Eat World, H.R. [Bad Brains], and, Cymbals Eat Guitars. Concentrating on the quality of the music, Brick + Mortar have released one proper EP, 7 Years In The Mystic Room, as well as having a handful of singles on the Heatstroke (maxi-single).
Their upcoming release for the Making Moves series, which is supported in part by the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies at Drexel University, will consist of three new unique tracks showcasing the talent of these two powerhouse musicians. Justin Pierre and Josh Cain of Motion City Soundtrack produced the tracks, along with Drexel’s Music Industry Program alumnus, Dave Petit and undergrad Justin Chapman engineering the sessions. Coining the term “new world secret pop”, Brick + Mortar fuse various styles such as reggae, funk, drum & bass, electronic, etc. Opening with the progressive rock heavy hitter, “Bangs”, the catchy chorus and electronic synth will get you dancing from the beginning. Immediately transitioning into the surf rock track, “Old Boy”, the uplifting beat and reggae undertones serve for an immediate favorite on the release. Closing up with “Other Drugs”, the clever lyrics and intricate percussion leaves the listener only craving more.
Asraf states, “Working with Josh and Justin feels natural. They got who we are and brought out something special in our songwriting. It’s great to be part of something so many students gave their time to help build.”
Brick + Mortar will release their Making Moves 7-inch vinyl and digital download on June 19th. For more information on the band, please visit: www.BRMR.netor http://soundcloud.com/brick-mortar.
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02. Old Boy
03. Other Drugs
About MAD Dragon Records:
MAD Dragon Records (MDR) is part of Drexel University’s Music Industry Program and has been featured in several hundred newspapers and magazines in the US including CMJ, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Fortune and The New York Times since its inception in 2004. The Associated Press (AP) has syndicated two stories about MAD Dragon, including a feature covering The Redwalls appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. MDR was awarded College Label of the Year by The Independent Music Awards in 2007 and 2008 and received over 21 nominations since 2007. MDR has released over 30 titles including Dreams Don’t Count by critically acclaimed songwriter Jules Shear, the gospel infused roots rock of Hoots & Hellmouth (S/T) and their follow up LP, The Holy Open Secret, Matt Duke’s literate and dynamic debut Winter Child, rockin’ singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke’s The Way Home and sophomore release Motherpearl & Dynamite, The Swimmers indie pop darlings debut Fighting Trees and sophomore effort People Are Soft, Toy Soldiers’ Whisper Down the Lane, hip-hop stylings of Kuf Knotz on Boombox Logic, the majestic folk collaboration between Hezekiah Jones and The Spinning Leaves, Brooklyn electronic duo Pretty Good Dance Moves, the annual Unleashed compilation series (Unleashed 1,2 3, 4, 5, 6 &7) and XYX. MAD Dragon Records is currently distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA/Warner), the largest independent music distributor in the United States.
About Drexel University’s Music Industry Program:
Housed in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, the Music Industry Program introduces students to the business and technology sides of the industry through a hands-on, entrepreneurial approach. Students enrolled in the Music Industry bachelor’s degreeprogramwill complete part of their course requirements by managing all aspects of the program’s record label, MAD Dragon Records, including production, recording, marketing, copyrights, contracts and distribution.
About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design:
Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offers sixteen undergraduate and five graduate programs in media, design and the performing arts. Programs are taught in small studio settings, featuring hands-on learning and an award-winning faculty of industry practitioners who emphasize the use of the latest technologies. Westphal College is home to the Mandell Theater, the Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel’s television (DUTV) and radio (WKDU 91.7 FM) stations, the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, MAD Dragon Records and Drexel’s Historic Costume Collection. Allen Sabinson is the dean of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. For more information about the College: www.drexel.edu/westphal.
About Motion City Soundtrack:
Motion City Soundtrack is Justin Pierre (Vox, Guitar), Joshua Cain (Guitar, Vox), Jesse Johnson (Keys), Matt Taylor (Bass, Vox) and Tony Thaxton (Drums, Vox). Motion City Soundtrack has released four (4) albums: 2003’s I Am The Movie (Epitaph); 2005’s Commit This To Memory (Epitaph); 2007’s Even If It Kills Me (Epitaph); and 2010’s My Dinosaur Life (Columbia Records). Collectively, sales exceed 700,000 worldwide, and the last two albums have debuted in the top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 charts. The band has recently recorded their fifth studio album to be released in 2012.
About The Boombox Generation:
The Boombox Generation is the new record label started by Motion City Soundtrack. The first release was a split between Motion City Soundtrack and Trampled By Turtles on limited edition and now sold out blue 7″ vinyl and digital single released in November 2011. The Making Moves series will be the next set of releases scheduled.