The Daily Krapht – Hustle and Drone – “The Glow”
Hustle and Drone is a band with some pretty badass roots. A self-described beat-based trio, the ensemble is headed up by Ryan Neighbors, former keyboardist of five years for Portugal. The Man. They have undertaken to release their premier LP, Holyland, released September 2. They came out of the gate with the single “The Glow”, which turns out to be a great taste of what they have to offer.
Comparison with Portugal. The Man is inevitable, and should be welcome given Ryan Neighors’ tenure. “The Glow” is certainly its own thing. Its biggest departure from Portugal. The Man at large, I would say, is its very strict major key melody. It’s downright sing-songy. Case in point, half of the chorus is to the tune of “Nanny-Nanny-Boo-Boo.” You know, that culturally universal and perhaps ancient nursery taunt. It’s hardly bad at all, but it’s nothing like Portugal. The Man’s melodies, which are generally bluesy and moody.
It’s honestly refreshing to hear this sort of thing from a band member of Portugal. The Man. The tune is covered over in intense gritty synthesizers and, it without doubt lives up to the term “beat-based”. It’s a great tune, one to warm you up for what looks to be a pretty stellar album as well.
Artist Name: Hustle and Drone
Location: Portland, OR
Genre: indie, electronic, synth pop
Band Members: Ryan Neighbors, Kirk Ohnstad