The Good Hurt
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The Good Hurt

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
Band Rock Pop




"The Good Hurt - Sound On The Sound"

“The Good Hurt play indie rock. No bells, whistles or gimmicks necessary. Stripped down songwriting in approach with vocals that the ladies surely adore.” - Sound On The Sound - Seattle, WA

"The Good Hurt Review"

“All I can do is sit here in front of this fluffy microphone thing and say… God I love that track. I love the way they’ve built it and I love the performance and I love the emotion behind it and…God I love that track.” - This Reality Podcast


You Are Here (2011) - The Good Hurt
March of Ides EP (2011) - The Good Hurt
Slash & Burn EP (2010) - The Good Hurt



When you hear the name, “The Good Hurt”, what comes to mind? “We’ve gotten everything under the sun.” says frontman James Lanman with a smile, “It’s a mixed bag – everyone has their own ideas.” Incidentally, the same can be said about the band’s music, which solicits a varying spectrum of musical comparisons ranging from bands like Sublime, Dawes and Weezer to 1960's pop rock acts like, The Zombies.

The influence of California pop rock is prevalent but never dominant as the different influences from band member to band member blur the lines of a single source of influence. Between Drummer Aaron Ameen, Lead Guitarist Max Brockman(who both sing backup vocals) and Jesse Summers on the Bass – the musical influences of Alternative Rock, Classic Rock and Funk blend neatly with Lanman’s jazzy ‘milk and honey vocals’. All this coupled with Lanman’s writing style which is derived as much from the school of Electronica(Lanman started his musical career as a DJ) as it is from the school of Motown – one of the genres of music exclusively played in his house growing up.

From their debut album, “You Are Here”, their opening track and arguably one of the most emotionally weighted on the album, In Her Name, recalls the early days of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Lyrics such as “While good men fell to earth in fire, rain and lead, as mothers gently wept over their empty beds.” in verses sets the stage for the chanting outro, “Before your eyes, before your years, before your eyes, before your years.” The message is driven home as the whole song is ended with a middle eastern influenced vocal phrase sung by Lanman that adds just enough musical alienation to make the listener do a double-take and ask themselves what the song is really about. This is a common thread woven throughout their songs, at the least, they are great pop songs, at best, they’re perhaps something a little deeper, poetic and thought provoking.

As a relatively new band established in early 2010, self represented and self managed, The Good Hurt has built quite an impressive resume in their short time as a band. Raising nearly $10,000 from fans in only 40 days through the band was able to tour nationally across the US(playing two showcases at SXSW last March), perform at a CMJ Industry showcase at the historic Bitter End in Manhattan, NYC this past October and even garner an international commercial currently airing in heavy rotation on TV in Sweden, Norway and Finland where the band plays an original cover of Stevie Wonder’s, Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing. Somewhere in the midst of all of this they were able to produce their debut album, “You Are Here”. Ameen, the drummer and co-manager of the band along with Lanman puts it succinctly, “We’re looking forward to going back into the studio and taking things to the next level. Our hunger to make great music and drive to take it to a global level is what keeps us moving forward. Our music speaks for itself and I think there is something for everyone on our album.”