Brick + Mortar Pack The Lanes With Help From The Jersey Jerkoff

Brick + Mortar at The Lanes, its gonna be fucking awesome!” exclaimed the Jersey Jerkoff in his pre-set introductory video on Friday evening.  “There’s gonna be fuckin’ synths, fuckin’ drum loops, fuckin’ guitars, it’s gonna be fuckin’ great!!!  And where the fuck are you gonna be?!!”

Whether Lanes patrons flocked to Asbury’s premier 10-pin penthouse for fear that this bearded Seaside fire breather would forcefully rip them out of their own beds due to lack of attendance, or, because the pair of Indie-Rockers has captured the ears of this entire music scene is unknown, but the fact doesn’t change that this venue hasn’t held such a mixed-bag crowd of that magnitude since the Nick Of Time Benefit back in January…and for the record, I’d put my money on the latter.

“Holy fucking shit,” expressed front-man Brandon Asraf to the congregation.  “I don’t think you know what happened here.  I woke up today, I went to my shitty job, and I thought about every single one of you.  We didn’t even know, that you knew, that we existed.  This is amazing.”

It seemed the consensus among show goers, the majority having seen Brick + Mortar perform multiple times in the past, was that this was the largest local audience the Space-Rockers had ever played too, which left the question…how does a band that chooses to swim waters other than the mainstream get that big so quickly?

The answer: Look to the audience members that stormed the stage, corralling the the outfit during its closing number “20 Lb.”

Party girls in cocktail dresses danced on monitors, ripping off their bras and tossing them on John Tacon’s high hat; Punks and Metal Heads mixed it up in a makeshift pit, banging skulls and throwing fists to the concrete bass lines plucked by Asraf; while Hipster kids and dreadlocked music enthusiasts filled in the gaps.

There is no secret to this band’s success, no magical song-writing format, a pick of destiny, or a deal with a demon, just artistry and accessibility.

The Jersey Jerkoff is correct, Brick + Mortar is “fuckin’ awesome.”  The duo’s five-track debut EP, 7 Years In The Mystic Room (2010),  does include a multitude of “fuckin’ synths,” it has plenty of “fuckin’ drum loops,” and more intriguing “fuckin’ guitar” work than one can possibly wrap there mind around comfortably.  The record literally has something for everyone to sink their teeth into…and yet, the live performance is substantially more energetic, frantic, and captivating.

Brick + Mortar’s next Garden State gig is at The Loft in New Brunswick, an all ages event on May 28th.  Follow the link for more details and don’t miss it.


Brick + Mortar Setlist:

  1. New Possibles
  2. Tolo You
  3. Heat Stroke
  4. Backwards Clock
  5. For Yellow Walls
  6. Remember My Words
  7. New Song
  8. Move To The Ocean
  9. 185 Drop
  10. 20 Lb

…For those of you who aren’t familiar, may I introduce the Jersey Jerkoff in the promotional video he starred in for this particular show.  Follow him on Facebook and enjoy the rage…

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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