Hurt (band)

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Background information
Origin Virginia
Genres Alternative metal, Art rock, alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active 2000–present
Labels Current: Carved Records
Associated acts Streetlight Manifesto, Catch 22, Leo, Arco's Angel
Members J. Loren Wince
Michael Roberts
Victor Ribas
Past members Wilson Quaintance IV
Steven Fletcher
Shawn Sawyer
Paul Spatola
Joshua Ansley
Evan Johns
Louie Sciancalepore
Rek Mohr

Hurt is a rock band formed in 2000 in Virginia, now located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Currently signed to Carved Records, the band has released four major label albums. The group consists of lead singer J. Loren Wince, guitarist Michael Roberts, and drummer Victor Ribas.

The band first released the independent albums Hurt in 2000 and The Consumation in 2003. Many of the songs from these albums found their way onto their first two major label releases, and The Consumation was re-mastered as The Re-Consumation in 2008. The band received critical (though not commercial) success with their major label debut album, Vol. 1, released on March 21, 2006. Their singles "Rapture" and "Falls Apart" gained minor radio airplay on rock stations throughout United States. Their second album was the critically acclaimed Vol. II, released on September 25, 2007, and they gained their largest radio rock hit yet with the single "Ten Ton Brick."


Formation and independent releases (2000-2005)[edit]

The band originally composed of J. Loren, age 15, and Wil Quaintance. They sought players for years until picking up Steven Fletcher to play the bass. The band was named upon conception of their first album when J. Loren was approximately 17.

J. Loren Wince is the lead singer of the band HURT.

This band's self-titled first studio album was written and performed by J. Loren and Wil Quaintance on drums, with programming credits given to Brian Winshell on the entire album, except "Confession" by Jonathan Minis. It was released in 2000 and approximately 1,200 copies were created. The band's second independently released album, The Consumation was also written and performed by J. Loren Wince, with Wil Quaintance on drums, Shawn Sawyer on bass and given credits on the song "Unclean," with Brian Winshell on Engineering for "House of Cards" and "Velvet Rolls Royce." This album was released in 2003 in J. Loren's home state of Virginia, with approximately 2000 sold, and around 3000 promos and full albums distributed for free.

Later, a fan asked if he could print additional copies of "The Consumation" for sale in his stores in order to help promote the band. J. Loren agreed to this. The second edition printing differed from the original version with a simplified color scheme and amateur mastering done at the duplication plants studio. It was not a concern to the band that he was making money off their album, considering he took a risk himself on printing albums for their up and coming band, until later when these copies started turning up on eBay. The band found out that their fans were bidding an average of $170 for each copy as they were auctioned off one at a time.[1] This was one of the reasons Loren decided to re-release the album, as The Re-Consumation.

A passage of poetry was removed from a song which was then entitled "Way It Was." The song was renamed "Somnabulist" by Wil Quaintance until the album could be finished and the poem, entitled "The Consumation Premise," could be appropriately re-inserted. For The Re-Consumation, the song was called "The Way It Was".[1]

The band (with the original line-up) was discovered by Tom Lewis, an ex-Universal Records A&R man, somewhere around 2005. The show was at The Continental in New York, where a friend of Lewis, Jay Silverman, passed the band's CD on to him.[1] After the initial contact with lead singer J. Loren, it was another 8 months until they heard from Lewis again. The band met up with Lewis and his company (Metropolitan Hybrid).[2] The band went to record its demo to help find a record label. After undisclosed issues with the current drummer for the band, session drummer Evan Johns was asked if he could be a part of the recording, which Loren agreed to.[3]

In the process of trying to find a major label, the bass player at the time decided it would be best if he quit the band, at which time they began to seek out his replacement, former Streetlight Manifesto bassist Josh Ansley.[3] Lewis helped HURT to get signed to Capitol Records.

When asked about how he became part of the band, Paul Spatola has been quoted in saying that he received a phone call from Josh Ansley, saying he should fly to New York and try out for the band, as they were looking for guitarists. Spatola states, "A month later I didn’t hear anything and I said 'I just gotta fly out there.'" His first performance with the band was at a night club called 'The Mint,' at which time, Spatola intended on being with the band for a few days but ended up staying for two weeks. The first day he tried out for the band, and with a little help from Tom Lewis, J. Loren was convinced to bring Paul into the band as the guitarist.[2]

The next day, the band played a showcase in New York, at which time they had spoken with several record companies including Columbia, Interscope, Island, Universal, Virgin and Atlantic, but nothing came of these conversations.[2]

Initially, Capitol Records had purchased the album, Vol. 1, from the band at cost which was approximately 100k. No other apparent changes other than signing the recordings rights to them took place.[1]

Vol. 1 and Vol. II (2006-2008)[edit]

Both Vol. 1 and Vol. II were recorded and produced together by Eric Greedy, and the plan initially was to have them come out immediately, but at the time they had just been signed to Capitol and that was too much of an investment for a major label to put out a dual-CD and the touring to support it. Instead, they took the time to re-record Vol. II and improved upon it.[4]

Victor Ribas is the drummer of the band HURT.

Vol. 1 was released on March 21, 2006, and can be found on Capitol Records. The album was Produced by Eric Greedy, with Executive Producer Jane Lewis. Lyrics by J. Loren Wince. Musical performances by J. Loren Wince (vocals, guitar, violin), Evan Johns (drums, piano), Josh Ansley (bass, backing vocals) and Paul Spatola (guitar, backing vocals). This album has produced three singles including "Rapture," "Falls Apart" and "Danse Russe."

Vol. II was released on September 25, 2007, and can be found on Capitol Records. The album was Produced by Eric Greedy with J. Loren Wince (vocals, guitar, violin, banjo), Evan Johns (drums), Josh Ansley (bass) and Paul Spatola (guitar, dobro, piano). The album has seen two singles, "Ten Ton Brick" and "Loded," the latter a popular selection from a poll taken on the band's forums.

On May 12, 2009, Hurt received an award for the song "Ten Ton Brick" during SESAC’s 13th annual New York Music Awards.[5]

The Re-Consumation album was released on February 19, 2008, as a means to complete the foretold story contained within "The Consumation" and to prevent fans from having to spend upwards of $100 online in order to obtain the album. This album was edited by J. Loren Wince, adding three files as a new recordings, while the other two edits had been recorded at the time of conception and intentionally withheld for the specific purpose of its re-release. The song "Somnabulist" was renamed to "The Way It Was" simply because it was always to be named that since it was written. States J. Loren, "The song is a vignette into a moment from the past which could not be completed in the present. This is why Mr. Quaintance chose its temporary name for me. This is the only song in my repertoire which I did not name."[1]

On April 3, 2008, Hurt bassist Joshua Ansley announced via the band's forums & Myspace that he would be leaving the band to pursue his dreams in the field of Acting/Writing/Directing.

Goodbye to the Machine (2009-2010)[edit]

In interviews given in promotion for the new album, "Goodbye to the Machine" Wince expressed his disgust in the overall handling of the band by their label. From the mislabeling of the band as "metal" to Capitol's refusal to reprint the albums despite having sold 58,000 out of 60,000,[citation needed] the quartet decided to move in a new direction. Combined, both albums have sold almost 250,000 copies

It was announced on the band's official message boards that a new album entitled Goodbye To The Machine would be released in 2009 through the Amusement record label. On January 14 it was announced that the album's release date would be on April 7, 2009.[6] On Christmas Day a preview of the track 'Wars' was posted on the band's MySpace for several hours. Similarly the track 'Fighting Tao' was posted on New Year's Eve.

On January 5, 2009 Rock station WFXH in Savannah, GA/Hilton Head, SC World Premiered the single 'Wars' on their afternoon drive-time program with Boomer (a long time friend and supporter of the band). The single was released to stations nation-wide on January 12, 2009. On February 3, 2009, 'Wars' was made available for purchase through iTunes and Amazon. 'World Ain't Right' featuring Shaun Morgan of Seether, 'Wars', and 'Dreams Away' were released to be heard on the band's MySpace.

The album has peaked so far at No.100 on the Billboard 200.

On August 6, 2010, Louie Sciancalepore announced via his Facebook page and the band's message board that he was no longer part of Hurt "due to irreconcilable differences with management."

The Crux (2011-present)[edit]

According to Hurt's Twitter page in early 2010, the band was actively working on new material, presumably for their upcoming sixth studio album. On February 5 the new tune "Numbers" made its debut radio play on 94.1 WJJO in Madison, WI. It was released on iTunes on March 9, 2010. The artwork design for the single was designed by HURT guitarist Paul Spatola.[7] On March 21, 2011, a post on the band's official Facebook page stated "ALL TRACKING HAS BEEN COMPLETED".[8] On August 28, 2011 J Loren posted a letter on Facebook indicating the band had signed with Carved Records to release their yet to be titled 6th album in early 2012, and also announced that lead guitarist Paul Spatola had departed the band due to personal issues. On September 27, 2011, on Hurt's Facebook page, the band said that the new album would be a return to both the "Volume" albums, in sound and style. The first single, "How We End Up Alone", was released through iTunes on January 3 2012 and The Crux was released on 1 May 2012.

On the 8th of April 2014 Amusement Management announced their intentions to release a remastered version of the often spoke of "Self Tilted"album, stating "It will be remastered and come with a handwritten replication of the lyrics by J. It will most likely not be available digitally". The announcement was made on the bands official Facebook page. [9]

The album was released in a very limited quantity of only 2000, each individual numbered and signed by J Loren Wince. The album included 2 bonus tracks, 1, previously unreleased, "Cellophane", and another, the original version of "Talking to God".

Musical style and influences[edit]

Brett Hickman of Static Multimedia states that “There's a feeling that anything can happen in Hurt's music, that this is a band intent on turning people's expectations on their collective ear and making them do what they command. J. Loren and company are making strides towards something truly special in the future. The mere fact that they elevate the rather tired and cliched hard rock genre as much as they do here would indicate that great things are in store for the band as well as for their fans.”[10]



Main article: Hurt discography
Studio album


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