By: Meghan Kearney
As a superfan of the Portland music scene, this has personally been one of my most anticipated releases of the past few months. Hustle & Drone have become a Portland staple, playing shows around the city and beyond, melting cheeks off with bass thumping synth tracks and neon light panels to play along. When they’ve not been shooting hoops with the Portland Trail Blazers or forefronting the very rad Red Bull Sound Select up and coming artist cohort, they’ve been molding their distinct and electro-powerhouse debut full length Holyland.
You may know the name of front man Ryan Neighbors, and if someone tells you about Hustle & Drone, they’ve probably told you where you should know him from. We’ve decided not to follow suit, as Holyland is a piece that proves no street cred needed; Hustle & Drone is a project of its own. The record opens with the title track, an honest reflection of growing up holy. It offers an easy transition into the record as it slowly breaks into eerie electronic sounds that highlight what Hustle & Drone is all about.