The Bricklins Set To Release Debut Album

Although The Bricklins may be a new band in one sense of the word, there is some rather respectable experience lurking behind the scenes of the group.

Formed in 2009, the band members — guitarist Ghandy, vocalist Matt Leblanc, bassist Robin Cousineau and drummer Mike Bourque — have played in or currently play in Moncton-area bands including Iron Giant, The Treble Kings, The RiverMonks and Cactus Tongue.

The Bricklins are celebrating the release of their debut CD Saturday night at The Manhattan on Westmorland Street, Moncton. Their special guests for the evening are fellow Moncton band Bong Jovi.

Asked to describe their sound, a straight answer does not easily come from any of the band members. Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Social Distortion and more are cited as influences upon the group and yet the band takes those influences and mixes them in a unique way to come up with The Bricklins sound.

“I never really know what to tell people who ask what we sound like,” Ghandy confesses. “I always say that we play ’70s style blues rock but we’ve often heard others say we sound like Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Black Sabbath.”

Recorded in Moncton last winter with engineers Kyle McDonald and John Jerome, The Bricklins debut CD, Stripper Music, has been approximately two years in the making. Ghandy jokes however that it feels like five times that amount. He shares that the process of writing the songs for Stripper Music began before the band had even really come together.

“We already have five new songs completed for our next record. Hopefully getting another record completed won’t take as long as it did to get the first record out,” he says.

Stripper Music will be available for sale at The Bricklins live shows, Hell or High Water Tattoo Shop and local independent record shops. For a sample of music from The Bricklins upcoming CD, visit thebricklins.bandcamp.com

SHOW FACTS
What: The Bricklins’ CD release for Stripper Music with special guests Bong Jovi
When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 p.m.
Where: The Manhattan Bar & Grill, 125 Westmorland St., Moncton

Article published in August 31, 2012 edition of the Times & Transcript