“Hitting The Bricks” by NY-based art rocker Ghost X Gardens is a fascinating release, something like a short musical history lesson of how to live the life of a full-on rock start and artist, like those we sadly tend to refer to as “dinosaurs” in today’s day and age.
“Hitting The Bricks” pivots around a bad-ass, catchy guitar riff and rides high on continuous and contagious momentum all the way through until it reaches a history interlude, telling the story of how Ghost X Gardens met Storme` DeLaverie, someone “who would need no introduction if the world were just,” as his recollection starts out.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino can be best described as hallucinogenic lounge music that's left-field, inventive, and smoldering. A highly unexpected direction from an established band that could've easily played things safe, but instead chose to take major risks that paid off in one of their most exhilarating albums to date.
Ghost X Gardens recorded the song whilst maintaining permanent residency in the legendary Chelsea Hotel. There he met the hotel’s cross-dressing matriarch – Storme` DeLaverie, who used to be a performer and MC at the Apollo, credited for sparking the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a major turning point on the road to gay liberation and LGBT rights. “Hitting The Bricks” features DeLaverie’s last known recordings which Ghost X Gardens summoned by rubbing a bottle of gin, her drink of choice.
It’s basically a song within a song, or two songs, connected by faith. Both songs are deeply pervaded by history and a gushing love for everything that is music and art. Despite the two parts being completely different, the history interlude makes the flow from one to the other seamless – almost fairytale-like. Their contrast makes the whole release all-the-more special, transcending genres and eras, showing that talent recognizes talent, regardless of style.