A late start didn’t deter the crowd on Friday night as a mass of Brick+Mortar supporters congealed about The Press Room bar with Bamboozle festival runoffs coming down off a two-hour Skrillex-binge on the Boardwalk and looking to rejuvenate their high with Philadelphia-based EDM artist Jack Deezl.
Deezl opened the evening by breaking out his laptop for a high-energy set of relentless rhythms, calling out to the downtown assemblage:
“Hey Asbury, I have two requests for you! One, get more drunk! Two, dance party!”
And then the beat dropped.
Deezl, whose tracks like “Small Movements” and “Coast” boast laid-back vibes, offered a set that both subdued and quaked the intimate setting with a mix of Future-Bass and Dubstep, and demanding vocals that had the euphoria purveyor begging for more action, more enthusiasm, from a spent but reactive audience.
A surprise collaboration came towards the end of the set when John Tacon hopped on drums and organic percussion was mixed with Deezl’s electronic remix of Brick+Mortar’s “Heatstroke” in what was a clean segue for the headliner.
Deezl then announced the headlining act with, “We got Brick and fucking Mortar!” and shortly thereafter the Boardwalk-based Indie-Rock duo faced the burgeoning assemblage.
With responses that proved his statement false, fans sang along with the duo flailing arms and tossing fists to the beat. Asraf bantered with the congregation throughout the night, asking if weed or cocaine was the crowd’s drug of choice, checking up on the group’s level of sobriety, and even responding to a request from an eager onlooker, dead center, to offer his assistance lead guitar.
With a sound and energy that captivated those within the venue the duo masterfully glided through a set that consisted of fan favorites like “Told You (Not To Let Go),” “185 Drop,” “For Yellow Walls,” and “20lb” as well as a pair of new tunes, “Bangs” and “Old Boy,” which are slated for a limited edition seven-inch release due out in the near future for a series curated by Motion City Soundtrack.
Be sure to catch Brick+Mortar on its area mini-tour with with River City Extension from July 19th through the 21st at stops in Cambridge, MA (T.T. The Bear), Philadelphia (Union Transfer), and New York City (Bowery Ballroom).