The Hubbard Hustle
A new band that's funky, folky and funny. But they haven't earned enough money to buy Jet Skis.
The Hubbard Hustle is a prime example of hidden talent in Milwaukee. Though something of a secret in Milwaukee, this new band is breaking through the music scene in Riverwest. The Hubbard Hustle caught my attention at open mic night at Bremen Café in Riverwest. The band consists of four members: Connor Foley (guitarist/vocals), Haley Butler (vocals/guitar), Zacke Lyons (guitar/vocals) and Michael Fischer (percussion/cello/vocals).
The band’s bluesy folk vibe and their use of such instruments as the cello and djembe create a catchy sound all their own. The Hubbard Hustle will be playing at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn on Friday, July 17 and are on soundcloud. I was able to speak with them about starting their band and the future of The Hubbard Hustle.
When and how did you band get started?
Six months ago. We all worked at the same restaurant except Haley (lead singer), but she actually does now.
Was there a particular band that inspired you?
We all get hyped when we play our Bill Withers cover. So Bill in particular, yes.
How did you come up with your band’s name?
Hubbard Park Lodge is the name of the restaurant so we wanted to use Hubbard in the title. L. Ron and the Hubbards was thrown out there but the Hubbard Hustle really stuck and resonated with all of us
Have you added or lost band members since you began?
Nope *frown emoticon
What’s the age range of your band members?
22-23 years of age
How would you describe your music?
We’ve got some folk in us some funk in us and we like to party.
Who are your influences on the national or international scene?
Influences on the national scene would be Shakey Graves, Houndmouth, and Neil Young. Internationally we have to get out more…
Are there any local bands that have influenced you?
Delta Routine is a great band to see live… We try to emulate the lead singer’s dance moves, but it has been to no avail thus far. Spinning Hippies also… If you haven’t had a chance yet see the Spinning Hippies.
What are your lyrics about?
We get caught in the usual lyrical shenanigans such as relationships, happiness, and getting life back on track. Also, we’re always down for the nonsensical.
Do you aim for any social or political commentary with your music?
Of course.. jk lol
What do you think of the local music scene?
There’s a real unique scene in Milwaukee. You can go to a random bar and be pleasantly surprised any given night.
Do you think the city has the potential to become nationally known for its music scene?
Incredible performers are doing great things out there… Webster X, GGOOLLDD, Sex Pockets, and Soul Low? The 414 is loaded with good music.
What makes your band uniquely Milwaukee?
We practice two times a week in the winter and once a month in the summer.. As any good Milwaukeean knows, we only have a few months to enjoy the weather:)
Where does your band most often play in Milwaukee?
We’ve been to Bremen Café and Franks Power Plant twice apiece. Both are fun venues always down for supporting local acts.
If you had to name one place that is your favorite place to play, what would it be?
Linneman’s July 17th at 10pm… Be there!
Has your band toured and to where?
Nope, but that would be swell!
Do you think you’re band has been in any way misunderstood or mis-labeled?
We don’t understand ourselves all that much.
Have you released an album or albums?
We’re releasing our first E.P. very soon hopefully.
Do you have other future plans for the band?
We want to be able to make enough money to all have Jet Skis… We wouldn’t even mind a craigslist Jet Ski.
What is the hardest thing about keeping a band going?
Summer work schedules are tough to manage around. It’s our first summer together and we’ve been learning the hard way. Nobody can practice at the same time, but we still have to make the time regardless.
What is the dumbest thing any one has ever asked about your band?
Who was playing bass?