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Hardworker is a five-piece rock band from Durham, North Carolina. The band took its present shape in 2015 when Sus Long and Mike Conner traded in their acoustic folk duo for something a bit louder with guitarist Danny Nowell and vocalist Alex Treyz.
Songwriter Sus Long grew up in a house steeped in the American songbook and a Bay-area high-school steeped with the Hives. She writes sad songs full of jokes and party songs about the patriarchy, drawing on influences as diverse as Billie Holiday to Jason Isbell. The rest of the sound comes together somewhere between Mike’s dense grooves, Danny’s love of overdrive, and Alex’s harmonic daredevilry.
The band’s debut LP Go Alone was produced by Alex Bingham and engineered by Mitch Easter at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville, North Carolina. It will be released in summer 2017.
"Hardworker is a relatively new Durham five-piece that makes gentle, sometimes jangling folk-rock with occasional traces of gospel oomph. The undeniable core, though, is the sterling voice of Sus Long, whose brassy tone and vibrato sweep suggest Jolie Holland stepping forward in song, not back. On last year's The Awful Rowing, she was often spectacular." - Grayson Currin - IndyWeek
"These days, when stately pop meets bustling folk, it often resembles the canned effort of another Mumford wannabe. Kudos to Durham's Hardworker for spinning thoughtful, spacious arrangements around the rich warble of Sus Long, allowing the songwriter's evocative verses to blossom." - Jordan Lawrence - IndyWeek
"The Awful Rowing is joining a long tradition of meditating on the beyond through song, but not in a dusty way. In a way that invites both toe-tapping and contemplation, without irony, without hesitation, and without feeling alone." - Zoe Balaconis - Misadventures Magazine
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