Brick + Mortar Drop New Single & Music Video “Don’t Panic”
American alternative rock duo Brick + Mortar released “Don’t Panic”, the first single from their upcoming project. The heavy rock sound of the choruses and the electronic fluctuations of the verses emphasize the overwhelming, anxious feeling of the lyrics, but the song is about persevering through that darkness. Lead singer Brandon Asraf sings “Is the world fucked up? Oh yeah but you know what they say, we will find a way”. The slime-filled music video, released yesterday, manages to match the intensity of the music while also providing moments of hopefulness, just like the lyrics from the record.
“This tune is a conversation between my childhood self and my adult self. My young self wanted to know if we have become less cynical and more happy as adults. I break it to him that our world is more challenging than ever for us. Pandemics, wars, violence, civil unrest, poverty, rising racism, pollution, and worship of corporations. This is America in 2021. The good news is with all of this happening, I always find a way to keep going. Don’t panic, because no matter how bad it gets, we are ready because we’ve been through it all and we can handle anything. We will find a way.” – Brandon Asraf of Brick + Mortar
About Brick + Mortar
Brick + Mortar aren’t another punk band or completely polished pop act: B+M are organic. You’ve probably heard of them before from a friend deep in the music scene, urging you to listen to “their favorite band nobody knows yet”, or perhaps you caught a glimpse of their set at Lollapalooza in 2013 and were so captivated by their live set that you stopped to listen. Their shows are ridiculous, but their songs have a message. Brandon Asraf is the man behind the music, drawing inspiration from his youth filled with anxiety, depression, and the social complexities of being the son of a con man. He has lived a life stranger than most, allowing his songs to paint a picture of his journey through every lyric.
Brick + Mortar was born on Brandon’s little brother’s couch, with his buddy John Tacon; a big experiment with small expectations. In 2012, the duo signed to Mad Dragon Records at Drexel University with the opportunity to be featured on Making Moves, a 7-inch record produced by Motion City Soundtrack. Three records, multiple festival appearances, and countless tours later (including runs with The Front Bottoms, Yoke Lore, The Unlikely Candidates, and Anthony Green), Brick + Mortar have perfected the art of blending the authenticity and emotion of a one-on-one living room performance with an over the top, Flaming Lips-esque visual performance. In 2020, the band was inspired by the racial injustice happening in America, leading them to release their single, “American Reality”. This song showcases the direction the band will be going in, both lyrically and musically, with their new project.
Throughout the years, their goal has stayed the same: to make the music their hearts and minds lead them to make, while hopefully inspiring people along the way. They’re just glad that you listen.
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