Exclusive Performance by Indie Pop Outfit, Brick + Mortar at All Access
Brick + Mortar is a two-piece indie pop outfit from Asbury Park, NJ. The duo consists of Brandon Asraf (guitars/vocals/programming) and John Tacon (drums/programming).
The band recently stopped by All Access Music Group to perform three of their recent songs including,
“Locked In A Cage”
Best described as controlled chaos, the band combines choppy rhythms, smooth bass lines, tempestuous drumming and honest lyrics, all of which culminates in something that is just as likely to show up on an indie up-and-comers list as it is to show up on a DJ’s playlist – something that is evidenced in the band’s role as a remix magnet for artists such as Baauer.
Brick + Mortar is one of the few bands who can conjure up images of both carousels and cocaine, combining dancy with dark and pop with despair.
Speaking in an article with VICE Magazine, Asraf says of their most recent music video for Bangs, “The story is my chance to be in [my father’s] world and tell a conglomerate of a bunch of stories I’ve heard.” The result is a gripping video reflective not only of Asraf’s father’s violent past as an international fugitive, but also of the sometimes ominous and abrasive tone of the new EP.
Coming off of the release of their EP, “BANGS,” Brick + Mortar has toured relentlessly, opening for Imagine Dragons, Icona Pop, Jimmy Eat World, and Anthony Green, as well as performing in the summer festival circuit at mainstays including Made In America, Loufest, and Lollapalooza.
In a time where purists patiently await the return of rock and roll, Brick + Mortar is gifted enough to combine exciting elements of each genre with their no-bullshit approach to songwriting.