J.Loren of Hurt
Give me some background
on the band.
The band started in Virginia, about eight or nine years ago --- a very slow
growth. Things really picked up when I ran into my manager. Then we went to record a demo for another record company
- in fact it was Capitol. At the time the session drummer we had was Evan Johns - obviously a very good drummer, and
I was having troubles with the current drummer of the band. So Evan asked me if he could be a part of it, which struck
me for unusual for a session drummer. So in the process of trying to shop around for a major label, and I'm skipping
much hardship, the bass player at the time decided he couldn't hack it anymore and called it quits. Then we were
searching for another bass player while we were shopping record labels. We're a very steady band, and a very hard
Where did the name of the band come from?
The name came from the music.
two albums are called Volume I and Volume II, should we expect a Volume III to be next in line?
III will not be the next album, because I think that's a little bit cheesy to go 1, 2, 3. In fact I almost did an
album in between one and two.
Why was there only a year
between the two albums?
We recorded Volume I and Volume II at the same time, and we actually
re-recorded Volume II because we could --- and I thought we could make it better, which we did. So it was actually
a normal album cycle.
What are some of your goals for the band?
Right now, there's this tremendous problem with popularity. I don't think that enough people
know about the band, that's not to say that I ever want the band to be something where people say, "Oh my god, turn
that off - I'm so tired of hearing that" ... I just wish it would be spread around a little more. And that's
the immediate goal. Of course we have to live one day at a time. I just want to make good music, all I want to
do is make music that people enjoy.
Tell me about Volume
II, what's going on in that album?
The majority of the songs on Volume II were legacy
songs, unfortunately a lot of people think they're all about one topic or something like that --- but I personally don't
think albums like that are very entertaining. Almost all the songs are about different topics. They range
from talking someone away from suicide to schizophrenia ... all those lovely topics.
Tell me about "Ten Ton Brick".
Well, I don't really
talk about the meaning --- I don't think that one is too difficult to figure out, it's a metaphor --- and a pretty
obvious metaphor. "Ten Ton Brick" is unusual to the sense that it's the first song of Hurt's that
was recorded with the help of another writer. Paul, the guitarist, was playing the main riffs and I was simultaneously
working on something that was in my head --- and I told him that I had something that would go with that. So he kept
playing it, and I transferred my chorus. And after a little bit of work, we got Josh's input and started changing
bass lines in there - and the creative content went together. I was real excited to see my band taking shape again -
and being a band of brothers at the same time.
would be your dream tour?
I guess my dream tour would just be headlining Hurt. That
would be awesome. I'd like to do long shows every night, and play whatever I wanted. I'd like people to
have a good time, and we wouldn't have to play popular tunes - we'd just play what we like. Like Elvis Costello,
but obviously he's not a role model for me ... just sort of like that.
What's in store for 2008?
We have a very good tour coming up.
That should keep us busy for the first six months. That's all we have planned at the moment. I want to make
more time for recording - more time for writing. Writing is my joy in life. Those are my plans for the near future.
Tell me something that people don't know about you.
Usually there's a very good reason why people don't know. (laughs) In my opinion
I think that I'm a dirtbag - and the farthest thing from a role model. And I prefer that people don't do what
I do. If I start talking about myself, unfortinately people wouldn't really get it, and some young people may think
that those are the things to do. I'd rather just remain anonymous, in fact I didn't even want my name published
at all. Labels fuck that one up.