Los Angeles-based quartet Hurtâ€™s current release Goodbye To The Machine debuted in May as #1 On Billboardâ€™s Heatseekers Chart and stayed on the chart for two months. Hurtâ€™s single â€œWarsâ€ charted on the active rock radio charts and was the bandâ€™s fifth straight hit at rock radio and has become one of the bandâ€™s fastest rising singles of their career. The band is comprised of members of J. Loren (vocals), Paul Spatola (guitar), Rek Mohr (bass), and new member Louie Sciancalepore (drums).
â€œThis bandâ€™s all about touring,â€ comments 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€
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€
Goodbye To The Machine is the follow up to Vol. II, which also 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. Hurtâ€™s previous albums – 2000â€™s self-titled debut, 2003â€™s The Consummation, 2006â€™s Vol. 1, and 2007â€™s Vol.2 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 including Staind, Alice In Chains, Seether and others.
â€œWe had this idea of doing a record â€˜the old school method,â€™ as opposed to the previous two records, which had been recorded to Pro Tools â€“ as almost all records are done nowadays,â€ explains bassist Rek More. 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.
Donâ€™t miss your chance to catch this captivating act live and let your readership and viewership know about them.
Tour dates are as follows:
08/11/09 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
08/12/09 The Note West Chester, PA
08/13/09 Recher Theatre Towson, MD
08/14/09 Hooliganâ€™s Jacksonville, NC
08/15/09 Amosâ€™ Southend Charlotte, NC
08/16/09 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC
08/18/09 Headlinerâ€™s Columbia, SC
08/20/09 House of Blues Orlando Lake Buena Vista, FL
08/21/09 State Theater St. Petersburg, FL
08/22/09 Respectable Street CafÃ© West Palm Beach, FL
08/24/09 The Swamp Fort Walton Beach, FL
08/25/09 The Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
08/27/09 62 Event Center Fayetteville, AR
For more information visit: www.hurtband.com or www.myspace.com/hurt