Canadian indie rockers Long Range Hustle are coming to Kingston on Saturday, Jun. 4, 2022, as part of their Canada and US tour for their latest album, I am alive, but only if you say I am.
The five-piece band from Toronto has 10 new tracks soaked with melodic earworms and thought-provoking lyrics that explore themes of self-reflection, human connection, and vulnerability.
When asked about the writing process for the new album, Long Range Hustle’s co-lead singer, Paul Brogee, said, “We are all products of our communities and of our interactions within them. This new album is a deeply personal one, exploring how (for good or ill) our own visions of ourselves are so frequently defined by our connections to others… There are difficult late-night conversations, persistent imaginary friends, vacant living rooms, locked doors, and ex-lovers seen in new colours through the lens of a camera. As each song works towards its climax, it also works towards vulnerability and clarity. And this is where you come in… for the music only exists when it is listened to.”
A fun fact about this album is that it was produced at the height of the pandemic in summer 2020 completely virtually from Scotland by Tony Doogan (Hey! Rosetta!, Wintersleep), while the band recorded in-person at Kingston’s famous Bath House Studio.
The lead single from the album, ‘Election Night,’ is a harmonic ballad full of sweeping choruses about the price of ambition and dedication. The music video for the song illustrates that struggle, as it follows a politician and his wife as his campaign reaches the finish line, but they realize they are no longer compatible and their relationship crumbles under their ambitions.
The band calls the video the “most ambitious [we’ve] attempted to date, with AJ (drummer/director/editor) working with cinematographer Jack Hawley, really creating a visually striking and emotionally moving piece to recreate, very faithfully, the song’s narrative.”
Long Range Hustle will play Kingston’s Ale House on Saturday, Jun. 4, 2022 with opening acts Keaton, Hinterwood, and The Wilderness, presented by KPP Concerts as part of its inaugural Spring Reverb exhibition.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
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