An Interview With Jay Loren of Hurt
Post-grunge band Hurt made waves in 2007 with their critically acclaimed "Vol. II" release. With lyrics that read more like poetry, both "Vol. I" and "Vol. II" drew in audiences, despite little air time. As primary songwriter, lead vocalist, and composer and violinist since the age of ten, Jay Loren offers a unique outlook and personality to his fans. I recently spoke with Loren about Hurt’s new album, "Goodbye To The Machine," which was released April 7, 2009, as well as the changes in the band’s lineup, and touring experiences.
Nichole Nash: How does the new album, "Goodbye To The Machine," compare to "Vol. I" and "Vol. II?"
Jay Loren: It’s another album by Hurt. That is usually where the difference ends. I promised a different album and I believe that’s what we gave.
Nichole: "Vol. I" and "Vol. II" were about very personal subject matters, and were almost cathartic for you as a songwriter. What do you aim to achieve with the new release?
Jay: Global domination! A cure for cancer; an immediate boost in sex appeal, mainly in the octogenarian market; and perhaps an album that you will enjoy for the rest of your life.
Nichole: How did the departure of Evan Johns affect the writing and recording of the album?
Jay: He did not participate in the recording or writing of the album. In Hurt, we prefer that the band members are personally invested in the performance they are playing every night of their lives. If we can’t depend upon a member, then we are not as strong as we need.
Nichole: What does Louie Sciancalepore bring to Hurt that maybe wasn't there with Johns?
Jay: Louie’s drumming is more appropriated, his drumming range is more diverse, and timing is way better. Just like Evan, a hell of a great guy, and we enjoy his company just like Evan’s.
Nichole: What was it like getting the chance to tour with Alice in Chains in 2006?
Jay: The band got to see solid performances from a great band act every night, got to know the band Alice In Chains, and learn valuable insights of what to do and not to do with our lives. On a personal note, I was very hungry the entire time, because I wasn’t allowed to eat any food and I didn’t have money to buy it.
Nichole: You’ve toured quite a bit as a band. What is your favorite city to play?
Jay: Indianapolis. There are a lot of places and a lot of great folks. The reason why I picked Indy is because they were the first to really support us.
Nichole: Who are some of the bands you'd like to tour with this time around?
Jay: I’d like to tour with Porcupine Tree, Muse, Slipknot, Seether, 3 Days Grace, Staind, Apocalyptica.
Nichole: Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to?
Jay: A bunch of stuffy old farts that nobody gives a shit about, usually in the classical world, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison.
Nichole: Any live performance disasters?
Jay: I put my foot on the monitor that said "no feet," fell off the stage, broke both of my ankles. Yes, I am literate. It was at Pierre’s in Four Point, Indiana. I ripped my pants with no underwear in front on 30000 people. A third hand would have been convenient since I was playing the violin.
Nichole: When you’re not playing shows or recording new music, what are some of your favorite pastimes?
Jay: Writing music, trying to work out, working on my music, and gourmet cooking.
Nichole: Where will Hurt be five years from now? How will the music have evolved?
Jay: Sadly, this depends on whether or not people buy the record. If we are lucky enough to be one of the bands out there five years from now, we will continue in our purest pursuit of surprising the listener with provocative sounds, lyrics and thoughts to the best of our ability, while retaining and including familiarity so that you always feel at home when you listen to one of our albums.
Nichole: How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
Nichole: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Jay: My band has the ability to create music in many, many genres and I’m really proud of this. We leave open the future for acoustic albums, side projects. Any creative outlet is a step in the right direction for anyone in the band. I appreciate music, I appreciate good music, as long as we can do that, I will continue to do so.
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