HUSHMONEY by Justin Michael Brooks

Los Angeles band HUSHMONEY shares the new single “Bad Guy (Until He Died).” The new song follows the band’s previously shared single “Bad For You,” which arrived with a Romo-directed video. Last month, the band had a run at SXSW that saw the band perform at Flatspot and Sunday Drive Records’ unofficial showcase alongside the likes of Buggin, End It, Scowl and more. “Bad Guy (Until He Died)” and “Bad For You” both provide a taste of the band’s forthcoming debut album that is set for release in 2024.

In 2021, HUSHMONEY emerged on the scene with their debut EP Success Pool, which introduced their hardcore, 90s rock, and alt-country influenced sonics paired with cheeky and lyric-driven storytelling. The five piece band pairs Chris Gaylor of All-American Rejects and Phil Matarese, the creator and voice of HBO’s wonderfully playful Animals, with three longtime friends. Matarese, guitarist Michael Iannatto, and bassist Brian Barbaruolo began playing together in assorted outfits as young teenagers in rural New Jersey, forced to find social cachet outside of sports since their hometown football team won almost zero games during their entire adolescence. After they all found themselves in Los Angeles at or after the edge of 30, they started another band, recruiting Gaylor and guitarist Matt Martin.

HUSHMONEY became a way to blow off steam and hang out with old pals in a low-rent practice space downtown. They could vent about worst-case scenarios, play and sing until it all felt a little more tolerable. The rock ’n’ roll sound of the band pairs with an unabashed and unironic embrace of the alternative-rock that these five dudes now somewhere in their 30s totally loved as circa-millennia teens.

Check out “Bad Guy (Until He Died)” and stay tuned for more from HUSHMONEY coming very soon.


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