To the rest of the world, the Canadian music scene seems to be dominated by people like Justin Bieber. However, you need to see the bigger picture to know that’s not true. That’s exactly what Long Range Hustle means.
The Long Range Hustle is a Toronto based band consisting of Paul Brogee, AJ Fisico, Jay Foster and Josh Weiss. The quartet has a diverse range of musical influences (rock, classical, folk & jazz) and has earned quite a reputation as a live band playing clubs in London and Montreal. Their biggest gig to date has been playing Toronto’s wired city music festival, which was broadcast live on Canadian television.
Long Range Hustle’s sophomore album From Seedlings to Saplings was released in late March of this year after a lengthy four-year process that required crowd funding via a go fund me campaign, as well as an intense songwriting process. The record was recorded at Escarpment Sound Studios and produced by Ryan Pritchard and mixed by sound engineer Brian Hewson.
From Seedlings to Saplings is a bit like a rock opera that exists in three movements. The first movement consists of bright, poppy upbeat tracks like the adult alternative song “Up & Up” or the ‘70s FM rock track “Paddle Away." Each movement gradually shifts in tone lyrically and musically with the second movement tackling more melancholy subjects. This is quite present in the second movement track “Sour Milk” a Phil Collins-inspired song that touches on familial relationships and a dark "Joshua Tree" era U2 sound alike track “Coyotes.”
The third movement’s songs touch on dark themes of death and despair. A perfect example of this is the song “Engine Parts” which compares the body of a dead loved one to worn out car parts. “Three Bells” is written from the point of view of a corpse at a wake and “Yearlong Vigil” deals with suicide.
Musically and lyrically, Long Range Hustle has demonstrated that they could potentially become a denominating force on the Canadian music scene and join the ranks of great Canadian artists such as Rush, Neil Young and Metric.
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