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Hurt Model @ The Cocaine

Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Hurt Model @ The Unknown Theater

Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

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I hung out with Hurt Model drummer Bennett Erickson at the L.A. Murderfest a few weeks ago, and he was wearing an old Demilich t-shirt. The first time I ever had a proper conversation with the guy, we geeked out over our mutual affection for the Dismemberment Plan. Once I saw Hurt Model play a tiny little Moroccan-themed bar, and each band member was dressed in shorts and a t-shirt in a different solid color.

These facts are significant, because they suggest the same breadth of listening and quirkiness that I hear in Hurt Model's debut EP, This Is You. Their heavy instru-metal reminds me of my younger self's favorite bands. There's the cycling dissonance of Trout Mask Replica-era Captain Beefheart and the knotty jams (and snarky song titles) of early Don Caballero; Dysrhythmia's tricky counterpoint, and the throttled guitar sound that Steve Albini brought to so many classic records in the early 90s.

The short, busy instrumental tunes on This Is You rumble like barbed wire tumbleweeds. They never quite build steam, but suck us into their mis-shapen grooves all the same. Occasionally the crumbling rhythms ease up to allow an open cello passage ("Take Home A Glowing Piece Of Awesome Rock"), or main songwriter Trevor Vento's guitars will sprout a beautiful melodic line ("Sitting Next to Susan"), though mostly it's a succession of deliciously gnarly un-riffs. I'm actually a big fan of Erickson's stubbly production job here, which helps coax out a 3D personality from the album -- no small feat, considering how many tech-wanker albums sound sonically castrated. This Is You sounds like it was made by real people. And I can confirm that Hurt Model are real people, 'cuz they've bought me beers before. Thanks guys! - Cerebral Metalhead


"This is You" LP 2008

Radio Support:
KSYM- San Antonio, TX; WNMC- Traverse City, MI; WRRC- Trenton, NJ; KSVR- Mt. Vernon, WA; KHEN- Salida, CO; CKUT- Montreal, QC; WAWL- Chattanooga, TN; WCVE- Richmond, VA; WMWX- Fairfield, OH;

Hurt Model has also been featured on several blogs including Cerebral Metalhead, Gimme Tinnitus, Radio Free Silver Lake, Renrat's Metal Bazaar, and El Ten Eleven.



Hurt Model is an instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in Washington D.C. in 2000 by guitarist Trevor V and drummer Bennett Erickson, the band later relocated to Southern California where they met bassist James Barry in 2007. In 2008 they released their latest EP, "This is You."

Hurt Model = Instrumental prog metal in odd time signatures with weirdly tuned guitars

"Cool sound - Captain Beefheart meets the Fall and gangs up on King Crimson for the mother of all fights - awesome" - Barry Lamb