Only Bricks At The Mint, Sunday August 12th 2018
Husband and wife songwriting duo Joseph Lewczak and Anne DiGiovanni are fronting Santa Monica-based Only Bricks, and the two compose lush ballads or upbeat pop songs. After releasing their EP ‘Foundation’ last April, they got the attention of many music journalists and magazines: LA Music Critic Bob Leggett called them the ‘new reigning King and Queen of Indie Pop music’, whereas Vents Magazine described the EP as the ‘perfect California indie pop record’, Substream Magazine wrote that their single, ‘Twisted’ was ‘full and rich while still moving and dancing with pop sensibility’, and Atwood Magazine called their second single, ‘(Your Love Gets Me) High’, a ‘fuzzy, feel-good and infectiously upbeat single’. After so many accolades, I got the chance to check them out myself, since Only Bricks played at the Mint on Sunday night. They did a very eclectic collection of pop songs, from the string-laden sentimental ‘California’, making Anne DiGiovanni’s beautiful croon soar like a Disney princess’ sad love song, to the youthful ‘Afterthought’, an upbeat dance which wanted to be more than a summer romance, ‘I don’t want to be just an afterthought/Not a keychain for the car you bought’, sang DiGiovanni with bright vocals.
If they were accompanied by other musicians, the husband and wife duo is at the core of Only Bricks, and both of them have a serious experience with music: Anne DiGiovanni is a classically trained musician (she plays piano and violin) and is a veteran of the ASCAP New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Songwriting Workshop and The Bitter End-hosted New York Singer/Songwriter Sessions, while her husband Joseph started playing guitar at the age of six, and is also one half of the duo Edison & Belle.
And while the sunny ‘(Your Love Gets Me) High’ had a hooky Jackson-5 vibe in the beginning of the chorus, the rest of the set was extremely summery and upbeat, despite song titles such as ‘Helpless’ or ‘Twisted’, which could have first suggested a step on the down side, whereas they were in fact about the intoxication of young love. They even had a true hard hitting dancefloor with ‘Get on the Floor’, but all set-long, poppy hooks abounded while their young-puppy-love lyrics tended to make the tunes even more personal. They covered ‘One’ to end their set, with the help of David Baron on keyboard, as if it was still necessary to tell us that U2 used to be one of the greatest pop bands.
(Your Love Gets Me) High
Get on the Floor
One (U2 cover)
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