Sleeper Artist: The big Hurt

30 07 2007

by maddness

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Garage rock and Heavy Metal cannot be mixed with Emo and a “hypno” rock sound like the Deftones, can it?  One band is answering that question with an authoritative ‘yes’.  Hurt finds a way to combine these and much more, and it is all attributed to the band’s diversity.  Lead singer, J. Loren Wince grew up in Virginia and was exposed to a wide variety of Gospel and Classical music in a setting where rock and roll was banned.  On the other end of the spectrum, drummer Evan Johns is the son of legendary rock producer Andy Johns.  The elder Johns is credited for working with Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, just to name a couple.  Obviously, classic rock and roll lives heavy in Evan Johns’ drumming, fusing a rock sound with the strings and soul from Wince’s upbringing.  So, what do they really sound like?  That’s just it; they sound like Hurt.

Their debut album, Vol. 1, takes you on a great musical journey.  On the album’s opening track, Shallow, you find yourself with a somber, instrumental-heavy song that puts you in a “Tool” mindset.  The track is excellent as it only picks up pace when it needs to, with Wince’s vocals a perfect compliment to the somber, yet not depressing flow.  The classical influence also shows its face in Shallow, as the strings in the background work to pull the whole track together.  Just when you think you have nailed down Hurt’s vibe, it takes you to the album’s next track, The Rapture (the group’s lead single).

The Rapture takes you through an intense rock and roll sound comparable perhaps to a mix between Seether and Nonpoint.  The above sounds, at first read, that it may not make sense, but have faith; it does.  Johns definitely shows his roots here, with heavy drums and a bassline that makes one rock along.  The impressive part is Wince seems destined to have joined this band, as his versatility with vocals is shown here.  He can go slow and somber as with Shallow, but intense and hard with tracks like The Rapture or Unkind.  It almost seems Wince always knew he would get to rock and roll one day, so why not perfect the craft of little used gospel and classical music in today’s rock world?  This was a success, as Hurt possesses a sound unique to them.

Hurt began production on Vol. 2 in March 2oo7 and will feature a single from it shortly.  Also, as announced on their Myspace music page, Hurt will be re-releasing their first two independent albums.  The point here is: if you are not familiar with Hurt, you will have plenty of upcoming opportunities to catch up. 

 Also, see our Weekly Mixtape #2, featuring Shallow by Hurt.

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