The Expanders' Hustling Culture has impressively debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart. Hustling Culture (released June 16th, 2015 on Easy Star Records) is the band's third studio album and their first release to claim the #1 spot on the Billboard Reggae chart. The Los Angeles-based quintet, comprised of John Asher (Drums, Vocals), John Butcher (Guitar, Vocals), Roy Fishell (Organ), Chiquis Lozoya (Bass, Vocals), and Devin Morrison (Guitar, Vocals), have been making reggae fans and critics take note with their refreshing sound that references the â€œgolden eraâ€ of reggae.
â€œWith its #1 debut on the reggae chart, Hustling Culture proves that all styles of reggae are being represented in todayâ€™s diverse scene. Their hard work, dynamic shows, and deep-rooted knowledge of the history of the genre, make them a must see actâ€ says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. He adds, â€œFurthermore, the critical and commercial response for this release proves how much potential this band has and we are confident they will only grow from here.â€
There is a subtle, yet powerfully conscious thread woven throughout all 12 tracks of Hustling Culture, with appearances by organist Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites as well as keyboardist Dan Hastie of Orgone. Limiting the featured guests on this record was a conscious decision for The Expanders, preferring instead to make a record that is all them. The band continues their national tour playing shows with Tribal Seeds and The Green, showcasing songs from the new album and back catalog. Press accolades for Hustling Culture have been pouring in from a diversity of national and international media outlets.
â€œIt's a good time for fans of the classic '70s reggae soundâ€¦there are a handful of contemporary bands that take the sound very seriously, striving to respectfully and properly pay tribute to the mood and feel of vintage reggae. The Expanders, a Los Angeles-based quintet, are among those leading that charge.â€
â€“ Wax Poetics
â€œFrom the top to the very last drop, the tight musicianshipâ€”and ebullient performances make Hustling Culture an album thatâ€™s easy to keep on repeat.â€ â€“ LA Examiner
â€œThe Expanders have nailed the feel-good vibe of reggae on this album. This is perfect music for sunny daysâ€¦If you want to be in a better mood, this album is a pretty good prescription.â€ â€“ The Examiner