Only Bricks

Husband and wife pop singer-songwriter duo Only Bricks meet us at Primo Passo Coffee in the hometown of Santa Monica, CA to chat about the release of their debut EP Foundation, their appreciation of meaningful lyrics in popular music, and taking on the term ‘bubblegum’ with pride.

Only Bricks is comprised of:

Anne DiGiovanni, vocals and piano

Joseph Lewczak, guitar and backing vocals.

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So I wanted to start off with congratulating you on your debut EP Foundation! How was it going through everything leading up to its release? Like with the songwriting, the recording process, the release process?

Anne DiGiovanni: Oh man. It goes back so far! We’re doing this all on our own. We don’t have a label yet so we’re independent. It started maybe 2 or 3 years ago when we started writing the songs for this project.

Joseph Lewczak: We always had this vision that eventually we would release something. I was always the reluctant one, Anne was the one that was pushing and pushing and pushing. *laughs* Finally we decided “Hey, let’s actually do this.” Over the past 6 months or so we made a really strong effort to finish up the songs and write a couple more.

Anne: Then we found our producer, started recording, and actually got well-produced songs, not just demos with guitar and voice.

Joseph: It was frustrating because we both have day jobs. Writing, recording and doing all that in addition to your day job is a lot of work.

Would you say that being an independent artist is a bit trickier when you have that day job or when you don’t have a whole team doing everything for you?

Joseph: Well, a day job is a distraction. *Heather laughs* For a recording artist, there’s never enough time in the day to do what you need to do. I also think that in today’s world, there’s amazing opportunities as an artist to record, release, get music out there, and play shows. Would we achieve more success with a label? Absolutely! Because it wouldn’t be coming out of our own pockets. *laughs* On the other hand, we still had the opportunity to get our music out there on our own, and we’re very thankful for that.

Which was your favorite song to write and record  for the EP? 

Anne: I would have to say “Hello Goodbye,” because I just love the story behind it, and it’s one of my favorite melodies that we wrote. It’s a really soft yet fun song to record. *turns to Joseph* Actually, I think I was really mad at you that day for some reason when we recorded it. *laughs*

Joseph: *laughs* Oh that’s right! We were doing the vocals and then you got really pissed off at me during it. Not like she’s always mad at me or anything. *laughs* So when we’re recording, we always record the vocals in our apartment. I have this engineer persona who I call ‘Bob the Engineer’ *Anne laughs* who’s very level-headed and doesn’t take any shit, but doesn’t give it back at the same time. So, if she’s being mean to me I turn into ‘Bob the Engineer’ and I’ll be like, ‘Yeah…we should do that take again. It wasn’t as good as it could’ve been.’ *laughs* But everything ends up working out perfectly!

Anne: What was your favorite song?

Joseph: My favorite was “Get On The Floor.” We had this goal of having 7 songs on the EP for whatever reason.

Lucky number 7!

Joseph: Yes! So we already had 6 songs done, and Anne was pushing to release the EP.

Anne: We already had a few backup songs that we were considering, but we said we would keep writing to see if we could write one more. We had a deadline. *laughs*

Joseph: *turns to Anne* You had the deadline, I didn’t have one. *laughs* Anyways, we were like, “OK let’s do this.” She was the one that came up with the initial melody, and I said “Wow, I really like that!” It forced us to just sit in the room to finish it, but it came to us pretty quickly we’re very happy with the end result.

Anne: Yeah, it was a pretty fun song to write.

Joseph: With that one, I really enjoyed the process and not being yelled at that week. *laughs*

Anne: *laughs* We really do love each other, I swear! We’re married.

Joseph: *laughs* It’s all in good fun. I’m not trying to paint her as that type of person.

I mean, anything related to creating music is stressful when you’re doing it all on your own. *laughs*

Anne: We’re just a couple of creative people with a lot of passion for what they’re creating.

Joseph: You’re trying to create your version of ‘perfection’ essentially.

But there’s really no real definition of ‘perfection’ in the arts world.

Joseph: Which is beautiful in a sense, but also horrible in a sense because *points to Anne* her version of ‘perfection’ is not my version of ‘perfection’ and vice versa. That’s usually where we’ll end up clashing on things.

If there’s no clashing, then did you really even ‘music?’ *laughs*

Anne: *laughs* Exactly!

*laughs* So you chose “Twisted” be be your first released single off of the EP. What made you choose that song to be the introduction to your audience?

Joseph: Crowdsourcing. *all laugh*

Anne: “Twisted” was definitely the fan favorite between the group of friends that we shared the project with.

Joseph: I think when you focus group it to an extent, one was going to keep bubbling up to the top. I think I was always pushing for “High” to be our single. That’s the one that I love the most. But everyone seemed to like “Twisted.”

Anne: We have “High” set for our second single so it wasn’t too far off from what he wanted. *laughs* “Twisted” just has that dance-y beat that’s so fun and hits you right away. That what we love about it. It’s one of those ear-worm songs, we think. *laughs* So it made sense for it to be the first single.

I definitely thought the same thing when I heard it! Now if you had an infinite amount of money, what would you do for a music video and which song from your EP would you choose? Especially since you just mentioned that you have some other loves apart from “Twisted.”

Anne: Wow! If we had an infinite amount of money. It’s very relevant for what we’re trying to work on right now. *laughs*

Joseph: We’re actually in pre-production on a video for “Twisted.” We’ve already been through five producers, but I think we might finally have one. Now we’re going back-and-forth on what story we’re going to tell, the budget, all of this other stuff. It’s a pain in the ass, so yes, I would love to have unlimited funds to do it. *laughs*

It’s a lot of work, those music videos

Joseph: Yes it is. To go on a slight tangent, I’ve never done a music video or any type of visual art in that way. It’s a whole different process with learning new terms and figuring out how to convey the story of the song musically. It’s way harder than I thought it would be.

Anne: I think for me I would still choose to do “Twisted,” and I would want to hire the director of all the OK GO videos. *laughs* Or just hire OK GO to produce it! We love their videos because they’re always so visually interesting and dynamic with these crazy setups that probably cost a lot of money.

Joseph: Their first video they did themselves, but it had a really great, creative bend to it for such a simple concept. But yeah, we would probably hire OK GO and make them do our video. *laughs*

Have them sing the song too? *laughs*

Joseph: *laughs* It would probably be better!

Anne: We would totally take it! *laughs*

*laughs* They can have the girl voice they would be lip syncing to.

Joseph: *laughs* That would actually be really cool! I like where you’re going with this! It’s very “Twisted” actually when you think about it. *laughs*

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*laughs* Why thank you! So you guys also just hosted an EP release party for Foundation last month. Care to describe how you felt before, during and after the show? Especially since it’s such a big deal because it’s your debut and all of your friends were there.

Anne: Yeah! It was definitely super exciting during. Before the show, it was a little stressful because we had a lot to pull together. It was also our first time playing with the band, the drummer and the keyboard player that we brought on to do the live shows with us, and we were rehearsing like crazy. We also needed to get all of our stuff together, get all our outfits ready and all that.

Joseph: Multiple outfits. *laughs*

Anne: *turns to Joseph* Well, your outfit and my outfit. *laughs*

Joseph: Just a quick wardrobe change in the middle of the set. *laughs*

Anne: Well, to at least make sure that we didn’t wear the same shirt. *laughs* But during the show it’s such a huge adrenaline rush. We absolutely love performing live. Even after, I was still feeling the rush, which is funny because I usually crash out right after a show, and feel very depressed that it’s all over for now, and ask myself “When am I going to perform again? Why can’t I do music full-time?” But this time it felt good because I know that we’re going to get back out there. We now have two shows planned for August so that’s really exciting.

Awesome! Congrats! August is coming up quick!

Joseph: Yes it is! But I would definitely echo what Anne had said in regards to prepping for our release show. We went through the stress of writing and recording the EP to making sure we were well-rehearsed for the show. Again, that’s a whole other level of stress because you’re trying to fit in the rehearsals and the preparation, which there’s definitely more of for a show that you’re convincing your friends to come to.

Anne: My dad came into town for the show so we had a bunch of family there who we wanted to impress because they haven’t seen us yet. But it went really well and we were really happy with how everything turned out.

I’m glad! So you guys played The Peppermint Room for your release party. What other L.A. venues would you guys want to play at next?

Joseph: We’re playing The Mint in August so we’re looking forward to that. There’s a lot of other great clubs like Genghis Cohen, we’re talking to them about a gig as well. We’d love to play The Hotel Cafe.

Anne: Definitely The Troubadour. It’s one of the dream venues for singer-songwriters. That would be absolutely amazing to do in the near future.

Joseph: Look,  we’ll play at any club that’ll have us. *all laugh*

Anne: Not going to turn down the opportunity.

This is a question for you Anne. During the show you had dedicated a song to your mother. I understand that it’s very deep and personal, but I wanted to ask why you chose to not include it on the EP?

Anne: That was one that we wrote a little later in the process. I think the reason was because we didn’t want a lot of down tempo songs or ballads on it. We wanted it to be really upbeat, danceable, fun. And so, we decided to not include it for the time being because it’s a ballad. Actually, when I was first coming up with that initial hook, “…you didn’t even fight for us…” I had heard it as a dance song. I still there’s a remix possibility there. Maybe an EDM style tune.

Joseph: *turns to Anne* We should try to play it in that alternate version. She had mentioned that a few weeks ago and thought that I would immediately kill the idea. I love EDM music, so I said “Let’s try it!” But I’m happy that she wrote the song. I felt like she needed to release a part of the grief, things that she was feeling about her mom passing. *turns to Anne* I’m surprised you didn’t write one sooner.

Anne: I don’t really know. I guess it never really came up in that artistic format until that moment when we were sitting down and writing. But, like he said, it was really necessary for me.

That’s why they say music is therapeutic. Even in EDM songs, they can still have those emotional undertones hidden behind all the energy.

Joseph: One of the things I love about EDM music that a lot of people seem to miss is that there’s usually a really great top line melody in it, which can be really emotional when done with the right singers. It sounds like you listen to EDM yourself. I really get that emotional component to it. A lot of people that listen to EDM are more like, “Hey, let’s go dancing!” or whatever. But it’s just another expression of emotion and feelings, just done in a different way. That’s the beauty of music.

I know. There’s so many different ways to convey an emotion in many different styles and genres. It’s such an awesome thing. Ok, now going on a happier note, you played a few well-known covers at your show, like Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” and Ace Of Base’s “The Sign.” If you could do an EP of 5 covers, which songs would you choose and why?

Joseph: We would do all ABBA songs! *laughs*

Anne: Oh gosh! *laughs*

I think there might be a market for that. *laughs* With Mama Mia! being a huge thing.

Joseph: That’s right! Actually, I think they’re supposed to be coming out with a new album in the fall. *laughs*

Anne: This question is so funny, because we were originally in a cover band and is how we got closer. It wasn’t how we met, but that was the activity that we started to become friends through. We did a lot of Taylor Swift, Pink, and Katy Perry, so all of those from the early 2000s era will forever be close to my heart.

Joseph: It’s funny, because I was thinking about songs to do for the next gig, and remembered how much I used to love listening to Patty Smyth. “Goodbye To You” was her big hit. So, I started re-listening to some of her songs to see if there was any that Anne could do. I then went down this rabbit hole and found these two guys called The Hooters who wrote for her. They’re from Philadelphia, they were really big in the 80s, and the two lead guys from that band wrote “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. They’re really good quality songwriters and I would definitely throw some of those in the mix.

Anne: I love that! 80s are always good!

They’re definitely a hit with the crowd!

Joseph: I think with covers, it’s a bit more about the songwriting than the artist itself. We tend to pick songs for ourselves that are well-written.

Agreed. And if you could choose three artists to go on your own personal world tour with, who would you choose? And these can be artists that are dead of alive. Whoever your little hearts desire. And what would you name your tour? I have a feeling your choices might be different. *laughs*

Anne: Well, one of them would definitely be the same because our favorite band right now is Smallpools. They’re such an amazing indie-pop band, alt-pop I guess. We just saw them live at the Belasco Theater and they were so good! We love them! So that would be one of our choices. They just seem super chill and fun to hang out with. Let’s see, who else?

Joseph: Maybe The Mowgli’s?

Anne: Yes! I love The Mowgli’s! They do a really good live show too. Just super fun.

Joseph: Looks like we already agree on two of them. *laughs*

Anne: I know! It’s pretty impressive. *laughs*

Let’s see if we could go for a third! *laughs*

Joseph: Gosh, I don’t know. Who else? Billy Joel?

Anne: Yes, definitely! Gosh, I love him. He’s an all-time favorite.

We got a third!

Anne: Yes, yes we did. *turns to Joseph* What would we name our tour?

Joseph: Are we the headliners? *all laugh*

Sure! When it’s your tour, you can place yourself wherever you want! *laughs*

Joseph: Love that! Ok, so we would be the headliners. Billy Joel would be the first opener. *all laugh*

It’s like reversed. *laughs*

Joseph: Exactly! Smallpools would go on right before us. That would make sense.

Anne: I have no idea what we would call that tour. *laughs*

Joseph: The Hot Mess Tour. *laughs*

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Speaking of names, how did you decide on Only Bricks to be your name?

Joseph: *turns to Anne* I think you actually came up with this. But there’s this song by The Vamps called “Risk It All” and the chorus goes, ‘…I’d rather crash, I’d rather crawl/Than never have your love at all/With only bricks to break my fall/For you I’d risk it all…’ We had always liked that song, in fact, it was our wedding song, so there was that component of it. In the early part of our friendship, we would always talk about work, and how much we hated what we doing, and I would always say that I would rather be a bricklayer than doing what I do for work. That kind of theme would constantly come up in our conversations, laying bricks, so it seemed appropriate to put Only Bricks with my wanting to be a bricklayer. On the other end, from the chorus of the song it’s about taking risks on love, and taking chances on life. I guess it represents us being musicians our whole lives, but we never really made a real push for it. It represents a concerted effort to move forward, and bringing music to the forefront of our lives.

Doing music, or really anything in music, is always a risk. The name is very fitting. Now, you rarely see male-female music duos nowadays. Even now, which is kind of ironic because the music industry seems to be a bit more supportive of female empowerment. What made you decide to form a music group together as opposed to doing a solo career  or even a full band?

Joseph: Mostly because I can’t sing so Anne takes the lead on that aspect. *Anne laughs*

Anne: We were open to finding band mates who could also be a part of the songwriting process as opposed to just being in the band, but we just didn’t meet anyone who seemed like ‘the right fit.’ We did jam sessions with some people, but we never really gelled together in a way that we felt like this was going to be our crew. We didn’t want to wait for that moment to happen to release our music, but maybe sometime down the line we’ll find people that’ll be long-time band members. Maybe someone who’s great on keys, or someone who plays bass or drums, someone who we can add to the mix more permanently.

Joseph: You see it all the time now with bands these days. Take New Politics, where it’s just three guys – drums, guitar and vocals. I wouldn’t consider them a full band, but that’s the cohesive unit of it.

Anne: Chvrches as well, they’re really only two or three people I think.

Joseph: Yeah, exactly. I think that’s more of a trend these days in terms of having the core of who the band is, as opposed to when it was the 60s and 70s where you had the ten piece bands. Even with bands like The Rolling Stones and Chicago, those were bands that I grew up on in high school and college. I feel like it’s easier to find like-minded individuals that want to join a band and just love doing it for the sake of doing it, not really focusing on the money aspect. Now that we’re older professionals, it’s harder to find hard-working people that are willing to devote their time as much as we want to devote our time. They’re perfectly willing to come jam on a number or two, but don’t want to spend the time writing or recording. That’s why I think it’s difficult, because for us because we definitely want to do this and want to move forward with our career. This is just an easier way of doing it.

I mean, there’s so many band members here waiting in the wind. You never know who you’ll meet.

Anne: Exactly. There’s tons of musicians out here. We’ll find someone when the time is right.

And both of you have very extensive musical backgrounds. Do you think your experiences have played a part in the type of artists you have become?

Anne: Oh yes, definitely. *laughs* I had done musical theatre from my high school days and beyond. I love being in shows and theatrical productions. It’s just something that’s ingrained in my aesthetic of music, which is a bit of a storytelling mode and theatrical vibe I would say. *turns to Joseph* What do you want to talk about from your origins?

Joseph: *laughs* Oh gosh, my origin story.

We might be here awhile then. *all laugh*

Joseph: For me it was always about the songwriting aspect, to go back to that topic again. I remember when I was a kid listening to songs on the radio, I didn’t really care who the band or the artist was because I just enjoyed the song for the song’s sake – the melody and the lyrics. When my friends would ask who my favorite band was, I would never really name a band that was my ‘favorite band.’ To me, the music itself was always the most important thing as opposed to a particular artist who was performing it. That kind of paved the way for how I would approach music. Both of us listen to all different genres, and we agree that it’s really about the song and the songwriting instead of the band itself. For us, that’s part of what we were wanting to achieve as musicians, as songwriters. While this project is about forming the band, playing the music, and recording, I mean, we love doing those things, but it’s also a realistic goal that we can meet. We can work on developing our songwriting skills and we can go from there. So that’s how I think how my early exposure to music has influenced me.

Who would you want to collaborate within the future? Maybe even on a songwriting basis?

Joseph: Definitely Max Martin

Anne: Yes!

Joseph: Also Taylor Swift. We’d love to work with her.

Anne: Mine would be Pink for sure.

Joseph: *turns to Anne* Hmm, who else? Who are other great songwriters that we appreciate these days?

Anne: Just some of the big names in current pop songwriting like Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Ross Golan. A bunch of those people who are working in the industry now and are going to be the next greats. That’s who we want to work with someday.

Cool! And kind of going back to that EDM discussion. Which djs would you want to collaborate with? Maybe even choosing someone to remix your entire EP or something?

Joseph: It’s funny because I just watched a Masterclass session with DeadMau5. I’ve always been fascinated by djs and the way they make music, but there wasn’t a lot out there that could be talked about. Deadmau5 is very interesting because he takes you through his creative process in his masterclass. He has a little bit of formal training, but not a whole lot, so for him it’s all about trial and error, and really putting in the work to create the end product. I love that about him because he’s a perfectionist, and will work hour upon hour upon hour trying to get the sound that he wants. By virtue of all the hours that he puts in, he’s become an expert at what he does. He also just seems like a cool guy. He had a statement about why he wears that mouse helmet along the lines of ‘If you don’t like appearing and performing in front of a crowd, then put a helmet on that hides your face basically.’

It also works for Sia.

Joseph: That’s right! And it’s just so fascinating how these people that are so talented have this fear or notion that they don’t want to be seen by the crowd. I love playing live, but I can relate to that from the perspective of someone who’s somewhat or very introverted. I would love to work with him. He has a great energy and a great drive that I think he would end up producing a great song for us.

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What one word defines Only Bricks?

Joseph: Is ‘bubblegum pop’ three words? *laughs*

Anne: Probably just ‘bubblegum.’ It’s something that’s not really in-vogue right now, because popular music has kind of taken this very somber or slower approach lately. I feel like, especially with all the shit that’s going on in the world right now, that we should be focusing on more upbeat, happy music. That’s what we’re trying to do.

Joseph: Even in the early stages of our friendship, we bonded over that. We both love that type of music, so for us, it’s natural to want to write that type of music to put out into the world. Although, while I love writing and performing it, Anne tends to push me more in that direction. If I’m writing a song totally on my own, it tends to be that somber, melancholy, slit your wrists type of song of some sort.  So ‘bubblegum’ I think is the perfect word for us.

Anne: With pride!

At least you accept it. *laughs* A lot of people try to use ‘bubblegum’ as a negative term.

Joseph: Well, right now people use it to describe Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Justin Bieber. A lot of people are afraid to admit that they like that type of music, which I don’t quite understand. If it’s good music and you enjoy listening to it, then who cares right? It’s almost like this notion that we need to be cool, and indie, and alternative, otherwise your music tastes suck. But that music is popular for a reason, it’s still good music.  

I think everyone has a different definition of what’s ‘cool.’ It’s like, “No, I don’t want to like this music! It’s too pop-y. But it’s so catchy!”

Anne: *laughs* Exactly!

What type of audience do you think your music would appeal to and what do you hope your audience takes away from your music?

*Joseph and Anne turn to each other at the same time and laugh*

Anne: Hmm, what type of audience do we appeal to? Or that we want to appeal to?

Joseph: Ideally we’d like to appeal to everybody. I feel like, given the type of music that we play, younger kids might be getting into it more rather than most people our age. Interestingly enough, I was talking to a friend of mine having this exact conversation, and he happens to be a really big fan of ours and is super supportive of what we do. I was saying that all we need to do is get our music out in front of 1000 tween kids and we’ll be famous. He was like, “Well, you shouldn’t necessarily be about that. You never know what song is going to resonate with people or how your music will affect people.” While in my head I thought that was the right target audience, I think there’s a lot of aspects to our songs that a lot of people can relate to. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who we reach. Part of what you do as a songwriter is you do it because you’re driven, you have an emotional connection to the process, and you enjoy doing it. The other part that’s really amazing, is that you’re going to reach people with the words that you’re saying. And that goes in part with the second part of the question, what we want people to take away from our music is that #1 it’s fun and lighthearted, but that there’s also some stories and meaning behind our songs. 

Anne: Like with “California,” it’s based on my experience with moving out here, and whether or not I was making the right choices. Or with “Twisted” how it’s about being in the wrong type of relationship, whether it’s a personal relationship or a relationship with your job or how you react to social media. We hope people can take nuggets and learn from the experiences that we’ve had. I think that both of us have this concept of songs that have a darker, more serious meaning, but on the surface are more fun, upbeat, dance-able and happy. Something that you can process your pain through, but in a way that makes you smile.

I mean, that’s kind of how “Pumped Up Kicks” became such a huge song.

Anne: Yes! That’s a great example.

Joseph: That’s true. The interesting thing about music is, and we talk about this all the time, is the importance of the lyrics. The question is, ‘Do a majority of the people really listen to the lyrics, and is that a good thing or a bad thing?’ We both fight for a deeper meaning in the lyrics.

Anne: There’s still this surface level of people who like the songs for how it sounds to the ear, but if they want to go deeper and listen to the lyrics, there’s a different story there.

Joseph: It’s interesting because the way that music is presented these days, it’s harder to get people to know the lyrics. It’s easier in some way, but mostly harder. You used to be able to go buy a CD, and most of them would have the lyrics printed inside the cover. What you would do as a kid is you would listen to the CD, read the lyrics, and there was that connection there. But in today’s day in age, when you’re listening to Spotify in the car or you’re listening through your headphones, you’re normally doing something else as opposed to just listening to the music. There’s a bit of a disconnect now. I think the way people are consuming music in a less serious way, but there’s this push now from various people to go back to that model of giving more information about who the producer is, who the songwriters are, who the musicians are, what are the lyrics.

Anne: Spotify is leading that charge. They have that Genius feature that shows you all of the lyrics of the song that you’re listening to.

I noticed that too. But I feel like if someone really wanted to go out of their way to understand what the song is about and learn the lyrics, they’re going to do it.

Joseph: That’s very true. You’ll always have the fans that are like surface fans that listen to music through one ear and out the other. And then you’ll have fans that are not. For me, this project is an interesting experience because it tells me a lot about the type of fan that I am, at least now. I don’t have time to consume music in that way, that really serious way. If you asked me to recite the lyrics to my latest favorite song, I’ll probably recite a couple of words from the chorus…

And then ad-lib. *all laugh*

Anne: Such a typical guitar player! *laughs*

Joseph: I know! It’s horrible! But when I was growing up listening to music, I knew all the lyrics.  I really want to force myself to get back into learning them.

Anne: There also were only about 40 songs that you really knew back then because you would listen to the radio, and that was it. Now it’s just endless, you click whatever playlist you want and your music taste is constantly changing.

Joseph: It’s so much harder now. But in the same respect, it’s easier for people to access the information that they want to have access to. Back before the internet, if the album that you were listening to didn’t have the lyrics on it and you want to know what they were, you’ll have to listen to them over and over and over again. But you never really get to understand the lyrics so you just make them up. Or you ask your friends what the lyrics were. *laughs* And ultimately you’ll never know. But now with the internet, you type in the song you want the lyrics for, and you’ve got them right in front of you.

And now to end things off, you mentioned that you booked two shows for August already. What other big plans should we expect from you?

Anne: Our video for “Twisted” should be in production shortly. We’re still nailing down specifics, but we’re hoping that it’ll be out by the end of the summer. With the shows, it’ll be an East and West Coast mini tour of sorts. We’re playing in New York at the Bowery Electric on August 8th, and we’re playing out here at The Mint on August 12th. Those are the biggest plans. But we’re also working on new music, trying to keep writing, and trying to keep putting some songs out there.

Joseph: Since we talked about remixes, we put out a remix of “Twisted!”

How cool!

Anne: Yeah! We worked with an EDM producer name Philip Larsen, and it’s up on Spotify now!

Joseph: It’s a little bit of a different take of “Twisted” for the fans.

So awesome! Congratulations!

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Family-owned Primo Passo Coffee is located in the cutest part of Santa Monica, where it’s just close enough to get your tan on at the beach or get your shop on at the Third Street Promenade. Fun sized coffee and teas, an assortment of pastries and sandwiches, and a relaxingly pleasant overall atmosphere are all you need to choose Primo over the Starbucks across the street. My little Carmelo was the daintiest and perfect post-hangover pick me up, and even just sitting in the shop uplifted my mood in an instant. And if you’re a fan of Instagram-ing your coffee sesh, their baristas will do latte art for every order!

Right when you walk into Primo Passo Coffee, you will be greeted with friendly smiles, the aroma of fresh roasted coffee, and warm sun shining through large, perfectly placed windows. Seating options ranging from bistro style tables to barstools to plush benches along the wall, any sized party can come in and enjoy a quick (or long) caffeine pick-me-up. I especially noticed that a lot of people come here to read or write (even on a collaboration aspect), so maybe one day we’ll learn that the next great novelist or screenwriter came here to work on their passion project.

Check out more about Primo Passo Coffee on their Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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