The alt-pop band Brick + Mortar (Brandon Asraf and John Tacon) are a part of the creative culture of Asbury Park, NJ, a favorite destination of the LGBT community. And for the video for their single "Hollow Tune," they decided to tell a moving mini story. In the video, we witness a gay vet, who is shown support by one of his fellow soldiers, but then must stop a hate crime against a gay man at a bar after he returns.
The band members of Brick + Mortar told Out:
"We make music for people who believe in equality and acceptance for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or belief. This song was written about love to say: 'You're not alone, I'm not alone,' to the one you love. Love is love period.' "
Rosco Guerrero of Blurred Films, the company that created the video for the band, added:
"We trashed three full scripts in the process of finding the story for the Hollow Tune video. Ultimately, it was comments from people stating how the song had changed their lives or helped them get through tough times, how this piece of music had a profound effect on their very existence. The words 'you're not alone' became so central. I knew we had to create a story representing characters that are underrepresented and in turn speak to all people underrepresented. People that may be struggling to find or accept their identity or circumstances. We knew we had to send a message to all people: That they are not alone."