August 13th 2017
In 1995, Corey Gorey (guitar/vocals), DW Friend (drums/backing vocals) and Paul
Morden (bass/backing vocals) hit the stages of New York City with their Halloween-
themed stage show and their own brand of what they half-jokingly called, “Undead Rock
and Roll Music.”
A punk-fueled blast tempered with sizzling garage and stomping funereal moments, The
Brickbats poured their fake blood and very real sweat into a string of records
highlighted by their debut Sing You Dead (1995), Creepy Crawly – The Unauthorized
Autobiography of Undead Rock and Roll Music (1998), and Monster Party (2000).
Often the odd musical cousin of the underground, they may have been alone at the
vanguard of a deathrock revival in Gotham; they were a little ahead of their time,
considered too spooky for the rock crowd and too fast for the goth night audiences for
whom they usually played.
Taking a long, unplanned and unofficial hiatus in 2000 when Morden left for California
to back Christian Death’s Gitane Demone, the band’s fourth album Let the Goodtimes Rot
remained unfinished. In the years that followed, Gorey and Friend created The Brides
with bassist Gregjaw and keyboardist Julia Ghoulia, recording and touring throughout
the decade with their new group.
Though The Brickbats had been inactive at the time, disaster struck in the summer of
2006 when Morden took his own life. For years afterward, it seemed as if the band
would be confined to the past forever.
Seven years later, Friend and Gorey decided to play a pair of shows in celebration of
Morden’s memory, with Mister Monster’s Jason Trioxin handling the bass duties. The
untethered joy of performing their old songs spurred the original Brickbats pair back
October of 2016, a few months beyond the 20-year anniversary of the release of their
debut disc, The Brickbats’ founding pair put out a brand new album, Return of the Living
Brickbats. Given the full-on bombast of their old live shows, the record electrifies with
their catchy, aggressive sound and sing-along, spooked-out refrains.
As they continue their plans for reissuing all of the various EPs and full-lengths that
make up the band’s extensive discography, they are also plotting the long-overdue
release of the aforementioned Let the Goodtimes Rot, as well as other still-unheard
tracks, both old and new.
Beware...take care. The Brickbats are back out there!