Cherone started the project in 2007 with his brother Mark and the absolute Ax Master Joe Pessia (cousin of "Tha Kidd"). Some demos were released on the internet, but plans for an album were put on hold once plans for the eventual Extreme reunion emerged. After the release of Saudades de Rock and the subsequent 2009 tour, Bettencourt went on tour with Rihanna, putting Extreme on hiatus and giving time for Cherone to return to the Hurtsmile project. The album was then recorded and released January 2011 in Europe and February 2011 in the US.
Besides brothers Gary and Mark Cherone, who also play together in Slip Kid, a The Who tribute band, the band features Joe Pessia, who plays with Tantric and was the bassist for Bettencourt's DramaGods and drummer Dana Spellman, who was a student of Extreme's former drummer Mike Mangini.
- Gary Cherone - lead vocals
- Mark Cherone - guitars
- Joe Pessia - bass guitar, Head of Security
- Dana Spellman - drums
- "Extreme Mainman Discusses Hurtsmile Project | News @". Ultimate-guitar.com. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "Gary Cherone to Release New Album Hurtsmile in 2011 : Guitar News : Guitar News". GuitarInternational.com. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
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