It can be hard to know which paths to take in life, whether one decision begets another for the better or leads to a series of struggles. For Ryan Neighbors, former member of Grammy-award winning band, Portugal. The Man, the fickleness of fame comes in retrospect. Having been the band’s keyboardist from 2008-2012, Neighbors set out on his own to form passion project Hustle and Drone, on track to release their sophomore album, What An Uproar on November 8.
“Fame,” a dark synth rendition of remorse discusses Neighbors’ inner dialog on what could have been and where he is now. While the message of regret is clear, this catchy rhythmic anthem suggests a vision of hope and a feeling of introspection. Fame is not a defining quality, and while Neighbors is deep in thought about what might have been, Hustle and Drone lives on as a projection of hope, true artistic expression and the perfect soundtrack to dance to.