|Interview by Burt Wolf with guitarist, Mike Valente of BRICK BY BRICK.
Interview done May, 13th, 2007.
BRICK BY BRICK HAS ONLY BEEN AROUND FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS, BUT COULD YOU GIVE A
SHORT HISTORY OF THE BAND?
BRICK BY BRICK hails from Troy, Ny & hit the scene in 2004 & immediately made an impact as a straight
forward, no holds barred, Hardcore assault machine. In the summer of 2004 we released a full length entitled
"PULL THE TRIGGER" on STUPID WHITE BOY RECORDS. Not content with dominating merely on a local
level, BRICK BY BRICK have spread their street wise message all over the North Eastern United States. With
their new full length CD "WINGS OF ANGELS" on SPARE CHANGE RECORDS, BRICK BY BRICK are
ready to take on the world!
WHY WAS THE NAME BRICK BY BRICK CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME?
Rory (the drummer) is in construction & he thought of it.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HELPED INFLUENCE YOU IN MUSIC & IN
SLAYER, HATEBREED, TERROR, AGNOSTIC FRONT, SICK OF
IT ALL, MADBALL, etc.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE & SOUND OF
Bad days & tough breaks.
WELL HAS IT BEEN DOING? WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN LIKE SO FAR?
We are #1 on our label SPARE CHANGE. Sales have been doing very well.
THIS ALBUM WAS PUT OUT BY SPARE CHANGE RECORDS. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP
WITH THEM & HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM SO FAR?
Rusty from TORN ASUNDER recommended them & they have been treating us great! They have done a lot of
promo for us.
CAN YOU TELL US SOME OF THE SUBJECT MATTER IN YOUR SONGS LYRICS? WHO WRITES
THE MAJORITY OF THE LYRICS?
We all write the lyrics & it's always about true life instances. Everything from the military to some asshole down
the street that has wronged us.
JOE KEYSER OF SKINLESS DID THE ARTWORK FOR YOUR ALBUM. CAN YOU EXPLAIN IT A
BIT & WHY YOU CHOSE HIM?
Joe has been good friends of ours for years & is a master of graphic design. He did all the artwork & layout in
24 hours. The original artist didn't come through in time.
THERE ARE GUEST VOCALS FROM JORGE ROSADO OF MERAUDER. HOW DID YOU COME TO
COLLABORATE WITH HIM & WHICH SONG DOES HE APPEAR ON?
MERAUDER is now a rebuilt band. I hooked up my friends (Darian & Drew) with Jorge to reform that band.
Jorge is a great guy & I hang out with him all the time in the city. He helped us out on "Numb With Anger". Rich
is influenced a lot by Jorge as well.
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE BAND HAS IMPROVED SINCE YOUR
FIRST RELEASE "PULL THE TRIGGER"?
We were a little more Metal than the last CD. We just wanted to show
YOU HAVE SHARED THE STAGE WITH MANY BANDS IN MANY
PLACES? WHERE ARE SOME OF THESE PLACES & WHO ARE
SOME OF THESE BANDS?
We have played many different spots. However we don't just do every show that comes along. We are in it to
have fun first & foremost. We do not want this to become a business. We are happy playing here & there. We
have played with bands that are our friends such as HATEBREED, RINGWORM, MERAUDER, COLD AS
LIFE, AGENTS OF MAN, BULLDOZE, NEGLECT, LEEWAY, mostly NYHC bands.
DO ANY OF YOUR SHOWS STICK OUT FOR ANY REASON?
Our favorite place to play was the Hudson Duster in Troy, Ny. CBGB's was a great spot as well.
ARE THERE ANY INTERESTING OR FUNNY BAND STORIES YOU COULD SHARE WITH US?
All of our shows have some sort of stupid thing going on. We usually laugh at the fights in the pit.
YOUR MUSIC HAS AN APPEAL TO HARDCORE & METAL FANS. WHICH TYPE OF FANS DO YOU
SEE GETTING MORE INTO YOUR MUSIC?
We play for ourselves first & hopefully people latch onto it. There are a few people that I never thought who
would listen, do. We are played constantly at the local strip club for a couple of the girls that love us, which I
think is funny.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOUR CURRENTLY INTO?
We have open minds. I like PINK FLOYD, FANTOMAS, THE MELVINS, some Hip Hop. All sorts of shit...no
Country, unless it's David Allen Coe.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT? WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU
EVER WENT TO?
First album was KISS "DESTROYER" when I was 7. First concert was KISS as well. My first Hardcore show
was D.R.I. & C.O.C.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND DO
WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
Work our asses off to pay "the man".
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU THINK PEOPLE
WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT
I only have 3 fingers on my fretting hand.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT
FROM BRICK BY BRICK?
We will be writing more of an old school kinda feel. We
haven't started writing yet though.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE ANSWERING THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW
THAT IT'S DONE?
I was confirming dates in Kentucky for a tattoo/horror fest that we will be playing in August. When I get done
with this I will be getting some food to feed my fat ass! Then drinking until the cows come home with Darian
from MERAUDER, Riley from MURDERERS ROW, Freddy from MADBALL, Mike from COLD AS LIFE,
Pauly from SWORN ENEMY, Lou from SUBZERO & the whole DMS crew down in NYC!!!
THANX FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT TO DO THIS INTERVIEW. IF I LEFT ANYTHING OUT THAT
YOU'D LIKE TO ADD, FEEL FREE TO DO SO NOW!
BUY OUR CD!!! HIT UP OUR MYSPACE!!! KEEP IT REAL!!! Thanks!