[Photo Credit: Brian Tice]
When artists sign to a label, they think the world will serve them everything on a silver platter. They assume that suddenly, everything is figured out; now they can spend someone else's money and work less, all while still maintaining the artistic freedom they had prior to putting their pen to the paper and signing a (sometimes very
binding) contract. New Jersey-based alt-pop duo Brick + Mortar
are officially connoisseurs of independence, though. They've been through the label shit - they've been dropped (resulting in their excellent Dropped
EP in 2015), and now they have finally regained ownership of their own music.
In celebration of this glorious new freedom, they've decided to release a fully remastered version of the EP entitled Dropped Again,
which will also include a remix and two brand new songs (one of them being "One Little Pill," which you can listen to above). The full EP will drop
(see what I did there?) on May 19th.
So what does this mean for other aspiring independent artists? Well, as a NJ native myself, I've been to several Brick + Mortar shows and I can say that their fan base is nothing short of insane. This is a band that puts on one of the most memorable, high energy shows, which naturally leads to loyal and long-term fans. I don't think they have anything to worry about. Once you build a fan base, they don't care about who you're releasing music through, they just want the music... And Brick + Mortar is delivering.