CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: Indie band Long Range Hustle to release new album

By Allen Steinberg/Quinte Arts Council

Five-piece indie rock outfit Long Range Hustle grew up in the woods of small-town Ontario, particularly in the villages of Stirling, Tweed and Crookston.

Back in the day, you could have found them jamming together before they were actually a real band, singing in community choirs, practicing their hockey skills or running summer camps at Quin-Mo-Lac in Tweed.

More recently, they’ve been a true revelation in the Canadian music scene. Whether it’s playing gigs with The Glorious Sons or Arkells, performing cross-Canadian headline shows, earning placements on dozens of playlists across multiple streaming platforms or signing to record label AntiFragile, the band has found ways to make a name for themselves internationally since releasing their 2019 LP Town. Despite their undeniable success and ever-expanding outreach, Long Range Hustle has always had a soft-spot for their quaint beginnings, and it’s evident in their new music video for their track “Beeswax.”

The band, made up of Paul Brogee (co-lead vocals, guitars, violin), Jay Foster (co-lead vocals, keys, synths), AJ Fisico (drums, vocals), Mike Brogee (bass, vocals) and Ryan Pritchard (guitars) have released four songs this year, en route to an eventual full-length album.

Each song has had good play, and their newest song “Beeswax” does not disappoint.

The hard-hitting indie rock anthem is paired with a spooky music video directed by Fisico right at their old stomping grounds, Camp Quin-Mo-Lac. The band says the eerie music video matches the dark lyrical content of the song.

“This was the first big directorial debut from our drummer AJ Fisico. He’s really taken an interest in filmmaking over the pandemic and he’s also been watching countless horror films. When we were brainstorming ideas for a video, he suggested we do a horror style music video that hits on some of the classic tropes of the genre. Since ‘Beeswax’ is a song about battling the anxieties and the negative voices in your head, we decided that this could be an interesting dream sequence where the main character is running from evil forces in their dream,” the group said.

The band adds that Camp Quin-Mo-Lac is partially responsible for the foundation of their band, and they still visit now and then for writing sessions: “Paul, Mike and AJ all went to QML as kids and then were promoted to camp counsellors and employees there all through high school. Nowadays we like to spend writing weekends there when we can, so QML holds a special place in the DNA of our band. While QML is beautiful and brought us so much joy over the years, summer camps are historically a fantastic setting for scary movies. It all kind of fell into place perfectly.”

Their highly anticipated record is set to come out sometime this year. In terms of exact dates, they can’t say when, but they promise that listeners have lots to be excited about.

The band also plans on announcing more shows as the province draws nearer toward normalcy.

“The full announcement of the album will come a little later this summer, so we can’t give away too many details quite yet. But suffice to say, our new record will drop within 2021. As to what else is on the horizon? Presumably world domination, at some point. But until then we’ll just keep playing songs for the people that love to hear them.”

To read more about Long Range Hustle, check out the summer issue of Umbrella arts magazine, out soon.