Beginning on May 1st in Hattiesburg, MS, Hurt will have upcoming stops in Chicago, Houston, St. Louis and will also perform at this yearâ€™s Rock On The Range Festival and Edgefest. Dates are scheduled through the end of May right now, and more are expected to be added shortly.
â€œThis bandâ€™s all about touring,â€ commented lead singer J. Loren. â€œWe like to stay in touch with fans and be out there. Just do more of what we do, and hopefully make it to Europe and places abroad with the entire band this time â€“ the only chances we got to go over there have been acoustic shows.â€
Hurtâ€™s latest single â€œWarsâ€ (currently #24 on the active rock charts) is the bandâ€™s fifth straight hit at rock radio and has already become one of the bandâ€™s fastest rising singles of their career.â€ Some people could misunderstand some of the songs,â€ says J., â€œBut I assure people, that Iâ€™m not going to tell them what to think. With â€˜Wars,â€™ Iâ€™m already getting what I expected â€“ people are used to artists doing the whole peacenik thing. But the fact is I worked as an aircraft consultant, and I made jets to blow the shit out of people. Itâ€™s not like Iâ€™m a complete pacifist, Iâ€™m saying, itâ€™s a damn shame that people have to do this.â€
The bandâ€™s brand new album, Goodbye To The Machine, is the follow up to Vol. II, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart upon its week of release. Itâ€™s the bandâ€™s fifth release overall and the first release via their new label, Amusement Recordings.
â€œWe had this idea of doing a record â€˜the old school method,â€™ as opposed to the previous two records, that had been recorded to Protools â€“ as almost all records are done nowadays,â€ explains Rek. â€œWhat we wanted to do was go back to our roots, and show a different side of the band â€“ not so much hide behind layers and layers of production. We wanted to write songs that stood more on their own and to record them to analog tape, using analog gear.â€
The results of this new approach for the band has certainly paid off, as evidenced by such standout tracks as â€œPills,â€ â€œDreams Away,â€ â€œFighting Tao,â€ and â€œWorld Ainâ€™t Right,â€ the latter of which features Shaun Morgan of Seether.
Their previous albums – 2000â€™s self-titled debut, 2003â€™s â€˜The Consumation,â€™ 2006â€™s â€˜Vol. 1,â€™ and 2007â€™s â€˜Vol. 2â€™ â€“ helped the band build a substantial following throughout the world, while they have also scored several popular rock radio anthems (â€œRapture,â€ â€œFalls Apart,â€ â€œTen Ton Brick,â€ etc.), and have toured alongside some of rockâ€™s biggest names (Staind, Three Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, etc.).
Based in Los Angeles, California (by way of Virginia), the group â€“ which is comprised of members of J. Loren (vocals), Paul Spatola (guitar), Rek Mohr (bass), and new member Louie Sciancalepore (drums).
HURT MAY TOUR DATES
May 1st Hattiesburg, MS The Bottling Company
May 2nd Jackson, MS Mississippi Fairgrounds
May 3rd Houston, TX Scout Bar
May 4th Belton, TX Bell County Expo Center*
May 5th Midland, TX Midland Horseshoe Arena*
May 6th Corpus Christi, TX Concrete St. Amphitheater*
May 8th Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse
May 9th Little Rock, AR KDJE Edgefest
May 12th Lexington, KY The Dame
May 13th Johnson City, TN Capone’s
May 14th Columbia, SC Headliners
May 15th Greenville, SC Crawfish Boil
May 16th Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
May 19th Chicago, IL Double Door
May 20th Flint, MI The Machine Shop
May 21st Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
May 22nd Madison, WI Annex
May 23rd St. Louis, MO Pointfest
* – Opening For KORN