In Rear-View: Brick By Brick by IDLEMINDS

The dudes of IDLEMINDS are Chris squared: Joyce on lead vox and Buckley on bass and vocals, Josh Winn on guitar, and Holden Duke on drums. Formed in 2008, these guys are based out of

The dudes of IDLEMINDS are Chris squared: Joyce on lead vox and Buckley on bass and vocals, Josh Winn on guitar, and Holden Duke on drums. Formed in 2008, these guys are based out of Maryland, but have been known to melt faces in Delaware, Virginia, and DC as well. Although I’m always looking for a good crabcore band outta Baltimore, these boys are auditory nostalgia and provide my soul with some serious skate punk vibes. Equally awesome and acceptable. 

IDLEMINDS were neighbors to me this entire time, but it wasn’t until we opened up band submissions for Camp Punksylvania that I got to check them out. They made it into the final four for the last slot on our lineup and our team was gridlocked. Nobody was backing down so we opened it up to the public for voting. The response was huge and it quickly was apparent that the real battle was between IDLEMINDS and Working Class Stiffs. We watched everyday as one would take the lead while the 10 of us were behind the scenes tossing shade at each other. Then the fucking meme war started and it was glorious! I remember waking up, seeing them, and feeling totally overwhelmed and humbled. (After laughing my ass off, of course.) We never anticipated this poll idea would catch fire and we really never expected what happened next. But guess what. I’m not gonna tell you. I finish the story in the Working Class Stiffs review. Sorry, not sorry. Check it out here. On to the EP…..

Brick By Brick was released in March of 2018 and starts out like a neighborhood in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. By that, I mean that it’s 90’s skate punk at its finest. “Time to Decide” sets the tone for this four song EP. Not only are the guitars hard, fast, and in your face, the lyrics are as gritty as the backyard vert ramp that you used to bust your knees open on as a kid. So far we are off to an excellent start. 

“Brick By Brick” is the next ripper in this tease of a listening experience. I really dug the vocals on this EP’s namesake. The harmonies created by the pair of Chrises (would the plural be Chrice?) are killer here. Even though this song was recorded over two years ago, it’s still pretty relevant in 2020. “Watching the city fall apart, brick by brick” is just another segment on the local news channel this evening. 

Rolling right into “Sideways,” there is no taking a break from those hard hitting riffs. There are times throughout where the guitar just simply screams and Duke flies on the drums. The vocals may have been my favorite in the last track, but the instrumentals in this one are top notch. I’m pretty sure that this song was written about my life as well and I don’t think they asked permission. “I guess I’ll have to face it, its just the way shit’s gonna be.”

The EP ends on the same in your face attitude that it started with, but this song is a little bit different. While I definitely heard Bad Religion and Pennywise influences in the other tracks, “One Day Maybe” gave me full on Face to Face this time. The lyrics were raw and real, but also had that hidden uplifting message buried within. As everyone knows, I love F2F so I wasn’t mad about it. It was the best song of the bunch to wrap it all up and send us on our day. 

Listen to the full EP here before you go and buy it.

I do have a single complaint after reviewing IDLEMINDS’ Brick By Brick EP. With only four songs totaling nine minutes, this was simply not enough and I listened to it on repeat for hours. So boys, get your asses to the studio and record a full LP. We all need it in our lives. Until then, go buy this on Bandcamp, like their Facebook, follow their IG, and help keep our scene alive. 

You can also check out their cover of my favorite NOFX song.

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