Floating through the reverb-drenched dream of Old Bricks is like watching someone die, but not in a sad or morbid way. It's more the happiness you feel when knowing the person has accepted that they are going on to a better place and it becomes a wonderful thing instead of a bad one. A smile on a wrinkled face, light shooting out of their eyes and mouth. Old Bricks could be the soundtrack for this moment, or they could be the moment itself, encapsulated in a glistening bubble of music and voice. With subtle guitar and percussion that is both deep and sparse, the most caressing feature is the layers of echoing vocals that may haunt you, but not enough to keep you from lifting the veil that hides a face that you have never seen but long to glimpse. It's no wonder that Stuart Edwards and Andy Holmes list "melody, obscurity, dissonance" as influences that shape the music of Old Bricks.
Edwards and Holmes have returned to North Carolina after a time spent in Nashville, Tennessee, playing in a five-piece band and slowly drowning but eager, and ready, to swim. Relying only on each other, the two performed for over a year in NC before they realized that they would not be able to portray their music in a live setting as a duo. It took six months to finally find the right players to round out the band. Mike Dillon and Christoper Hutcherson-Riddle, also members of the Grip Tapes family, have added their talents to Old Bricks to flesh out their new and expanding sound of: one that requires the listener's attention, but quickly grabs it.
Sometimes you need to have lived a life as charmed as these two (though "charmed" might not mean what you think it does) in order to compose like this. Here the meaning of charmed is more the gift that comes out of misery, the blessing of learning from mistakes, the reward you give yourself for making it through something difficult. The strength you get from realizing you in fact have none, or maybe realizing that you were strong all along. Whatever the case, you made it. Not without scars, but generally whole, with a trail of cobwebs and dead skin behind you. Edwards and Holmes write non-ballad ballads that will lead you to this charmed life like a beautiful ghost, even if they decide to hang back for a little while, telling you they'll meet you later when you know that they won't.
|08.18||Chapel Hill||NC||Local 506||Warpaint|
|09.10||Raleigh||NC||The Hive||Hopscotch Festival|
|09.28||Raleigh||NC||Kings||We Are the Willows|
|09.29||Durham||NC||Motorco Music Hall||We Are the Willows|
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Release Date: 10.01.09
01. Godless City Part One
03. New Born
05. Godless City Part Two
09. Huntin Boots
10. Method Part Two
12. Bastard Colors