Karmic Brick

Karmic Brick

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativeRock

A unique alternative rock/powerpop sound incorporating a wide-range of musical influences and featuring both male and female lead vocals.

Biography

"Karmic Brick is a Boston, MA based Alternative Rock band that doesn't copy anyone. Their unique, upbeat style is a refreshing change from the norm."- Xena Xeon, www.musicplaces.com

Karmic Brick sparked attention almost immediately upon introducing themselves to the internet indie music community in early 2004. The band built a broad and devoted international fan base by unleashing only a taste of what was to come from their debut album, The Unnatural World. The four tracks released, “Pain,” “High,” “Amber Jesus,” and “Experience Jones,” quickly yielded over 10,000 plays on www.soundclick.com, which also propelled “Pain” to an impressive two-week stay at #1 on the Soundclick.com Grunge Chart.

When The Unnatural World was finally released in October 2004, critics validated what fans already knew and Karmic Brick's originality began attracting industry attention.

Said Colin Lynch of International Online Music Magazine, "the album is immersed in grunge... clever grunge that is, and vocals that go up the walls, around the radiators, across the ceiling and straight down the back of your neck when you least expect them to. This is where Karmic Brick's innovation becomes the icing on the cake along with accomplished songwriting and expert arrangements... it's all totally unpredictable folks...an astonishingly clever album from astonishingly innovative boundary bending writers and musicians."

Australia's The Buzz Magazine concurred citing "Walking In My Mind" and "Amber Jesus," in particular, as "a wildfire of artistic expression."

Such strong reviews have helped to propel Karmic Brick’s music further and the band can now be heard on a number of internet radio stations, such as www.artistlaunch.com, www.scrubradio.com, www.freeworldradio.com, and www.soundclick.com. They have also been played on a number of college and commercial stations.

Additionally, The Unnatural World has been in the running for a number of awards. The band received an International Online Music Award nomination for their cover design and, most recently, was one of five bands nominated for the International Online Music Magazine's "Artist of the Year" award.
In addition to these nominations, The Unnatural World drummer Jim LaPrad took top honors in one catagory when he won the IOMA for "Best Drummer."

In April of 2005, Karmic Brick went into the New York studios of Superego Productions and recorded a new track with producer Chris Young. That track, "You Love Me," has received glowing reviews and has been selected for airplay on the Artistlaunch Hour, a syndicated broadcast radio show that is heard on FM stations in five countries. It has also attracted the attention of Matchbox Recordings, a UK label who will be promoting and distributing the song in Europe.

In 2005 Karmic Brick was selected for inclusion in the Worldwide Online Music Distribution Association (WOMDA), a collective alliance representing the interests of the world's most innovative independent artists, record labels, and digital music providers and distributors, in recognition of their success.

In late 2005 the band released “Weak” and “Good Little Children”, two tracks from their second studio album, Fantasy Adventure Violence. Following the release, Jim LaPrad promptly scored his second-straight nomination for Best Drummer and Erin Ahearn received a nomination for Best Female Vocal in the 2006 International Online Music Awards.

In January 2006 “Gahd”, a third track from FAV, was released and shot to #1 on the Soundclick.com Grunge chart in only two days.

In addition to these three songs, Fantasy Adventure Violence includes a smooth cover of the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” featuring Ed Drury on didgeridoo and tablas (http://www.eddrury.com/).

Karmic Brick is currently recording their third album, "The Accumulated Blur".

Karmic Brick is:

Jim LaPrad (vocals, guitar, drums)
Erin Ahearn (vocals, guitar)
Mike Keel (bass)

Website
http://www.karmicbrick.com

Lyrics

P.S.

Written By: Jim LaPrad

Ever since you’ve been gone
I find that I'm all alone
Nothing seems wrong
Nothing seems wrong
Ever since you’ve been gone
I find that I'm all alone
Nothing seems wrong
Nothing seems wrong

I’ve got nothing to say
I’ve got nothing to say
I’ve got nothing to say
P.S. everything’s great

I’m so angry that you took away my pain
The angst is all gone
And I don’t know what to say
Everything’s good and it’s all your fault
The only thing that’s changed is you’re gone
That’s all

Ever since you’ve been gone
I find that I'm all alone
Nothing seems wrong
Nothing seems wrong
Ever since you’ve been gone
I find that I'm all alone
Nothing seems wrong
Nothing seems wrong

I’ve got nothing to say
I’ve got nothing to say
I’ve got nothing to say
P.S. everything’s great

I find I’m a little bit tongue-tied
I’m not sure what I should do
The only thing you took was
You took away the pain
The only thing that’s gone is you

Should Know Better

Written By: Erin Ahearn

So here we are now
I knew I’d see you again
Please don’t blame me for what happened when
We were young
We didn’t have a clue
So much left unsaid and so much left to do

Now I’m hoping a second glance
Might give me a second chance

I should know better
My foolish mind gets me in trouble all the time
But happy endings are so sublime
You want yours and I want mine

I know I was selfish and I know I hurt you
I thought it was best but it hurt me too
The thought of leaving always drove me insane
I’d see you in my dreams and wake up calling your name

Now I’m hoping a second glance
Might give me a second chance

I should know better
My foolish mind gets me in trouble all the time
But happy endings are so sublime
You want yours and I want mine

It’s all I deserve if you never hold me again
If all I have is the memory of a friend
But try to remember when I left you that day
Now we can start again like I never walked away

Please give me a second glance
I need a second chance

I should know better
My foolish mind gets me in trouble all the time
But happy endings are so sublime
You want yours and I want mine
I should know better
My foolish mind gets me in trouble all the time
But happy endings are so sublime
I’ll give you yours, you give me mine

Mouse

Written By: Jim LaPrad

If I ever told you I loved you I lied
Every single time I laughed I cried
If I couldn’t I tried
Sometimes I wished I died

When fingers point
I always look your way
When we start to speak
I won’t even say a word

If I ever told you I loved you I lied
Every single time I laughed I cried
If I couldn’t I tried
Sometimes I wished I died

When you look at me
I always turn away
When the blackness closes in
I start to sway and fall

Can't Lose You

Written By: Jim LaPrad

I can hear you through the wall
Just when I think you’ve gone
That’s when I get your call
It just goes on and on
You seem to be tied to me
I can’t seem to escape
You don’t wanna see
You follow every step that I make

You just won’t go away
(I just can’t lose you)
You just won’t take the hint
(I just can’t lose you)
You just won’t go away
(I just can’t lose you)
Looks like I’m stuck with you
What can I do?

Why can’t you live without me?
Why can’t you take care of yourself?
Can’t you see, can’t you see?
Why can’t you find someone else?

You just won’t go away
(I just can’t lose you)
You just won’t take the hint
(I just can’t lose you)
You just won’t go away
(I just can’t lose you)
Looks like I’m stuck with you

You make me want to run away
You don’t care
I know I can’t run far enough
But you don’t care
You’d rather see me dead than happy
You don’t care
You won’t let me go
You wouldn’t dare

I think you love me to death
And you wouldn't mind at all
You would still hold my hand
Even if it is stiff and cold

Discography

Experience Jones/Amber Jesus (Single), April 2004
Kid Antrim Music Alternative Compilation, August 2004
The Unnatural World (Full Length Album), October 2004
CMJ New Music Monthly Sampler, December 2004
Oasis Alternative Sampler Volume 30, January 2005
Tomorrow Never Knows (single), February 2005
Nvision Streetwise Sampler, March 2005
You Love Me (single w/ Greta Marz), May 2005
Close Encounters of the Indie Kind (Matchbox Recordings compilation), August 2005
Gahd/Weak (single), January 2006
Fantasy Adventure Violence (Full-length album), September 2006
The Accumulated Blur (Full-length album), Summer 2008