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Heavy Bricks 

Friday’s all ages show is a fresh new lineup of hardcore not to be missed.

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Heavy Bricks

The Halifax hardcore punk scene is on fire. Four almost brand-new punk bands---Nuisance, Weed Thief, Sleight and Bricks---play the Sad Rad on Friday with Concrete Asylum and D-beat punks Life Chain. Like any small scene, members collaborate and cross-pollinate new bands.

Example: last fall, Bricks asked Newfoundlander Jono Whittle to join on vocals.

"Ian Langille, Chris Wilson and Cody Googoo have been jamming the Bricks stuff for quite a while, but I think it's the most pro-active band I've been in so far," says Whittle, also in the x-core band Not Friends, but new to fronting. "Ian constantly has new songs and I'm still playing catch-up trying to get lyrics written."

Bricks put out an eight-track demo in December, recorded by Luke Mumford, who also put together Sleight's new demo. Bricks show off a heavy, succinct but sludgy style on the metalcore side of things. Songs like "Cold," "Detached" and "Bored" speak to the existential and disenchanted nature of hardcore, somewhere between violence and power.

Whittle's own discomfort fuels this climate.

"The one-name title tracks are really more a reflection of me that being a vocalist doesn't come naturally to me," he says, although he sounds like an old pro, excited for the band's second show. "I find it really difficult to avoid being completely contrived, so I think keeping things simple helps to solve that problem. Not to mention, hardcore music is almost always better when it's straight to the point." --AY

w/ Concrete Asylum, Life Chain, Bricks, Nuisance, Sleight, Weed Thief
Friday, February 8, 9pm, $5
Sad Rad, 5820 Young Street

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