Last week while skimming Twitter, I was pointed to a band I'd never heard before, Alimony Hustle. I'll admit, I was fascinated and amused by the name, and might have been the reason why I dropped what I was doing to listen. But, I'm not entirely superficial, I always look at tags on Bandcamp before listening. Always. And Alimony Hustle's tags almost pushed me towards cold sweat territory all because of the emo tag.
I didn't miss the emo bus, I ignored it. Once I became aware of it as a genre of music, it had become mainstream, and by the time anything becomes mainstream it has become a pale reflection of its true self. At that time, I deemed the movement less about the music, more about the image, and skipped it. Besides, it just didn't align with my grunge and post-grunge world.
However, a deep love of anything and everything by Paul Westerberg has helped me re-evaluate my stance on the genre. Instead of casually dismissing emo, I now remind myself that it's just tales of longing, regret, and heartache. Everything I love about Paul's gritty heart on his sleeve stories.
So, I listened to Alimony Hustle, and I continued to listen. Even listened more than a few times to the Bristol, UK based band's EP, a 3-track affair titled Gutter Gutter Strike Strike Gutter Gutter. With each listen, I fell more and more for the band's energetic sound, and Leah Pritchard's captivating dynamic voice.
That said, I'm not even sure if Alimony Hustle is emo, or I even know what emo is anymore. They are making really melodic rock and roll, and I'm a fan, that's all that matters to me. Join me in streaming the 2nd track, 'DWUW', my favorite from the EP, it's my Song of the Day!