Take Hurt for example.
Their music can be heavy, but the intensity of their music can also be expressed with a cello.
J. Loren Wince (Vocals, Cello)
Paul Spatola (Guitar)
Rek Mohr (Bass)
Evan Johns (Drums)
I'd seen them on March 20th, 2008 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City headlining a show with Tunnels to Holland and Leo (the band that Rek Mohr had been playing for before being recruited for Hurt).
Members representing Capitol Records had been in attendance. The show was great, but a little awkward to say the least.
Hurt had moderate success with Volume I, but hadn't been doing as well with Volume II. While "Ten Ton Brick" was a top 10 Active Rock hit, Loded barely made a blip on the radar.
A little after the tour was over, it was announced that they'd left Capitol Records.
You would think that after a band leaves a major record deal that their life span essentially ends. On the contrary, the only people that were hurt were Capitol Records.
They went onto Amusement Recordings, who released the Re-Consummation (a retrospective of older recordings, some of which wound up on their major label releases).
On April 7th, they will be waving Goodbye to the Machine. The album, produced by Joseph DeMaio, is in reference to them leaving Capitol Records. It is also in reference to an approach that says goodbye to computers. The music that will be heard throughout the album is going to be largely recorded in analog.
It will feature the lead single "Wars", "Fighting Tao" (which had been performed live towards the end of last year's touring), and "World Ain't Right" which will feature vocals from Seether frontman Shaun Morgan.
Their live performances are incredible and something to be admired.