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Old Bricks

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States | INDIE

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
Band Rock




"Best of 2011"

The following people released some of my favorite records of 2011:
The Bats
Buffalo Tom
Steve Earle
PJ Harvey
Hiss Golden Messenger
Mount Moriah
Old Bricks
Panda Bear
St. Vincent
Kurt Vile
Tom Waits
Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings - Merge Records


LP Farmers 2010
LP City Lights 2011



Stu and Andy grew up together in Rocky Mount, NC (a little town known chiefly as the birthplace of Thelonious Monk), but split for Nashville on their own at a young age.

It's a hazy story from there. They shuffled around, homeless, broke - making music. They lived in an abandoned theater, out on the streets; everywhere and nowhere. Eventually they chased themselves out of town, and resurfaced in Chapel Hill.

Old Bricks' 2010 LP Farmers was recorded and mixed by Stuart in a basement somewhere around here. It seemed to come out of the blue - born beautiful, haunting, mysterious. Their few live shows were mesmerizing, instantly notorious.

For 2011's City Lights, he and Andy took their sound out in to the ether - still haunting, still beautiful, but now with the driving intensity of their live act. Fuller, more melodic. From here it goes anywhere.


I am actually a tour manager - Let's Wrestle, Dom, Walls, Banjo or Freakout. Freelance for Ground Control. And a venue guy (Cat's Cradle, Bowery, Mercury Lounge). Not really a band manager, per se. Or so I thought. But this band won me over. They're tremendous - weird, beautiful, transcendant, promising - poised to do great things.

- Hoppie