The Expanders Hustling Culture on LP
Los Angeles-based vintage reggae revivalists The Expanders have been crafting their signature sound around classic 70’s and early 80’s style reggae with three-part harmonies for the better half of the past decade. Now the four-piece band returns on indie reggae powerhouse label Easy Star Records with their third full-length album, Hustling Culture.
Comprised of John Asher (Drums, Vocals), John Butcher (Guitar, Vocals), Chiquis Lozoya (Bass, Vocals), and Devin Morrison (Guitar, Vocals), The Expanders’ music emphasizes lush three-part vocal harmonies with strong and conscious songwriting rooted in the era of 70’s to early 80’s style reggae, but with modern sensibilities. Their sound has made the group a favorite as a backing band for legendary Jamaican singers traveling through CA such as Alton Ellis, The Maytones, and The Wailing Souls. The band is part of a burgeoning Los Angeles reggae scene that sprang in large part from The Blue Beat Lounge and LA’s longtime premier weekly reggae night Dub Club held at the Echoplex.
Hustling Culture is the band’s third studio album, but for the band members feels like their first proper album as a cohesive unit. Asher explains, “Our first album was a collection of music from good friends making a record together. Our second album was a great covers album, but Hustling Culture is the band coming into its own with our songwriting and musicianship.”
For The Expanders, having their album released with a leading label like Easy Star Records further legitimizes their music to the reggae world as a whole. With influences like Ethiopians, Gladiators, Mighty Diamonds, Culture, Sound Dimension, Aggrovators, and Roots Radics much of the group’s early reggae digging came from listening to Easy Star compilations like Sugar Minott’s Hidden Treasures and Can’t Stop Us Now: Linval Thompson Productions. Signing with the label has brought their love for reggae full circle.
As Morrison enthusiastically states, “We are honored to sign with Easy Star Records. No other label in reggae has the reputation for putting out such high quality releases with the deep understanding of the entire genre. Easy Star has become the first label you think of when it comes to diverse and timeless reggae.”
The Expanders Hustling Culture Track Listing:
1. Hustling Culture
2. Uptown Set
3. Piece Of Love
4. World Of Happiness
5. People Business
6. The Horse
7. Top Shelf
8. Too Late
9. Reggae Pops
10. Thanks For Life