While New Jersey’s Brick + Mortar may be a fairly new band, its members have been working together for more than a decade. Ever since they were in middle school, Brandon Asraf and John Tacon knew they were going to make music together. But as a bassist and a drummer, everyone looked at them like they were just some kind of rhythm section without a band. After several failed attempts at writing with guitarists and other musicians, they started playing as a two-piece and experimenting with samples and electronics. That’s when Brick + Mortar was born.
Thanks to their notoriously high-energy live shows and trippy music videos, word spread quickly about this terrible twosome. They spent this summer aggressively touring in support of their new EP, the hard-hitting Bangs. (It’s definitely a contender for creepiest album art).
They’ve been everywhere from vintage bowling alleys to Lollapalooza, where they also played an intimate aftershow with fellow LouFesters Icona Pop. In addition to gaining new fans on the road, Brick + Mortar has recently become a favorite among EDM lovers after collaborating with up-and-coming artists like Jack Deezl and “Harlem Shake” wunderkind Baauer, who remixed their song “Move to the Ocean.”
Brick + Mortar will be shutting down the BMI Stage on Sunday just before The Killers bring LouFest 2013 to a close. After this, the band is heading back into the studio to finish their first full-length album, but until then you can enjoy their latest hard-hitting EP, Bangs, on Spotify.