The Riot Act: Mindy Gledhill starts second verse of her career with synth pop sound

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The debut Hive Riot album includes “Her Elegy,” a song written about Dustin Gledhill’s grandmother. The thoughtful synth pop piece even includes an audio clip of her telling a ghost story in 1984 to Dustin — who is wearing her glasses in this photo. Mindy Gledhill is married to Dustin’s older brother, Ryan. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

The debut Hive Riot album includes “Her Elegy,” a song written about Dustin Gledhill’s grandmother. The thoughtful synth pop piece even includes an audio clip of her telling a ghost story in 1984 to Dustin — who is wearing her glasses in this photo. Mindy Gledhill is married to Dustin’s older brother, Ryan. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

When Mindy Gledhill moved to Provo as a teenager, she met the Gledhill boys who lived a couple blocks away.

“In high school, Mindy was mean to me,” Dustin Gledhill remembers. “She called me microphone head.”

Mindy’s memory sings the same tune.

“Dustin had this perfect sphere head — he looked like a Donny Osmond ‘Ken doll,’” laughs the singer-songwriter. “But I was impressed with his piano skills. He came to my house and played for us — he was a child prodigy.”

Fast forward a few years and Mindy married Dustin’s older brother Ryan. Fast forward a few more years, and Mindy and Dustin have synced up for a new synth band “Hive Riot,” with hits such as “Wonderwild” and “Kiss My Lips You Fool.” The ’80s electronic sound is a departure from both Mindy and Dustin’s regular lives — Dustin teaches classical piano students in New York and Mindy is a Provo-based indie singer-songwriter darling.

“I wanted to do a different musical project than what I’ve become known for,” Mindy says. “I didn’t want it to be a permanent departure, nor did I want it to just be a side project.”

Dustin Gledhill has been flying to Provo from New York nearly every weekend since September to work on the debut Hive Riot album with his sister-in-law Mindy Gledhill.     Dustin and Mindy are also letting their voices be heard by donating a portion of their PledgeMusic funds to True Colors, which helps homeless LGBT youth find resources.   The band’s first live shows will be in February in both Provo and New York.

     Dustin Gledhill has been flying to Provo from New York nearly every weekend since September to work on the debut Hive Riot album with his sister-in-law Mindy Gledhill.
     Dustin and Mindy are also letting their voices be heard by donating a portion of their PledgeMusic funds to True Colors, which helps homeless LGBT youth find resources.
     The band’s first live shows will be in February in both Provo and New York.

She reached out to Dustin, who didn’t think Mindy was serious at first. Then she played a sample track of the synth-pop style for him.

“I thought it was super cool, and I was totally on board,” Dustin says. “It was delicious.”

Mindy saw Dustin as “super marketable.”

“Dustin has a refined side because of his classical training, but he has a fun crazy side that everybody loves,” Mindy says.

In fact, for Hive Riot’s PledgeMusic campaign, one of the rewards was a personal song and video from Dustin. Together, Mindy and Dustin have a wardrobe of watch-worthy sequins and boas. In fact, one of the finalists for their band name was “Sister Sequin.”

Hive Riot’s self-titled debut album, which officially releases early in 2016, is a musical exploration of the idea of “letting go.”

“This is a ‘dancey’ album, but there are serious songs about not hiding who you are and being confident as you let go of expectations others have for you,” Mindy says.

This Provo mother of three dropped her own expectation that she needs to play multiple instruments on stage.

“From this project I’ve learned my voice is my instrument,” she says.

With all their musical collaboration, there’s plenty for Dustin and Mindy to talk — and sing — about.

“We’ve created a lot of this album over Snapchat and texting, including voice-recorded messages,” Mindy says.

Ryan has been supportive of his wife and younger brother’s new venture, “but he occasionally threatens to kill me if I text Mindy after 11 p.m.,” Dustin laughs.

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