Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Good Hustles

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

The latest release is an EP called Apes. Its a mixed-genre collection of songs we’ve been working on for the last two years and we’re very proud of it!

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

Our first single was a self-produced, lo-fi rock banger called Know It All. We recorded it in Mort’s flat in a single day and Will mixed it himself before uploading it to streaming sites. At the time I think we were all just so excited to be part of the band that we just wanted people to hear that. We’re still just as hyped about the band now, but have slightly more self-control about what we release!

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Mort: My personal pick would be Waking Up In Your Clothes. It’s a massive departure from our usual style and is a collaboration with Boston singer-songwriter Kerrin Connolly. For a band that’s pretty loud usually, a chill acoustic ballad was fun to write.

Your favourite song to play live:

Apes is definitely the most fun, it’s so angsty and full of energy. I love having everyone sing on the yelly bits of the verses too, just gets a good vibe going to start the set.

Your most emotional track:

Smile hits the hardest at the moment, it’s a song that we’ve been playing about with for years and to have it finally sounding how we want it is a big deal. Playing that live is always a rush and we go absolutely mad at the end.

The best lyric you have ever written:

I’m not sure about the “best” but I’m proud of the second verse from Apes:

Another day, gotta turn the screw, we’re making dollars for dimes
If its turn out the way I think it turns out then who cares if we’re running out of time
Its a crime but its the truth, we make them pounds for pence
And I’m not playing friendly if I’ve got to make ends meet, but we’re in this together

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

There’s always a hint of anxiety but as soon as we start playing it’s just pure adrenaline and joy. Absolutely love seeing people react to us playing.

The hardest track to play live:

Aha, I can’t speak for the lads, but the hardest to sing is Rent Free. It’s almost entirely belted and I need to coordinate that while playing the main riff at the chorus, definitely not my comfort zone song!

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Ear protection, comfy socks, and as many portable gaming devices as possible.

Describe your fans in three words:

Rambunctious, caring, tipsy

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Dark Days by Pup

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

We have an EP and tour coming up, more shows planned and we’re already recording our next single

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