James Lanman and The Good Hurt is a four piece indie/pop/rock band operating out of Seattle. Their new EP, Slash and Burn, was recently recorded with Ryan Hadlock(Metric, The Strokes, Ra Ra Riot) at Bear Creek Studio and mastered by three time Grammy Award winner, Gavin Lurssen in Hollywood, Ca.
Described by one reviewer as “heat seeking pop aimed right at the sweet spot in your ear” the band’s music draws frequent comparisons between pop rock powerhouse contemporaries, Coldplay and Weezer but with a distinct range of depth that reaches far beyond the pop formula with undeniable influences from singer songwriters such as Ryan Adams and Leonard Cohen. Combine this with a distinct retro, almost Motown-flavor (Lanman cites the “Good Morning Vietnam Soundtrack” as one of his biggest influences) and you have a musical paradox: Pop music - that matters.
Singer/Songwriter James Lanman spent his years after college travelling around the world living as a self proclaimed ‘musical gypsy’ between London(living in a bathroom), Italy, San Francisco and Los Angeles with minimal possessions and an acoustic guitar. On a tour through Seattle in 2009 Lanman decided he would leave Los Angeles for the Pacific Northwest to seek his future band members and evolve from a solo project to a band.
After meeting three like minded and talented musicians (drummer/vocalist Aaron Ameen, bassist Jesse Summers and lead guitarist/vocalist Max Brockman) through a series of strange events that would make a non-believer in fate, second guess themselves, the vocal-centric music of James Lanman would now be infused with the high energy and power of a full band and James Lanman and The Good Hurt was born.
Touring the West Coast this past year, the band has sold out shows as headliners at San Francisco mainstays, The Hotel Utah and Cafe Du Nord prompting the booker, Keith Kanoff to call their sold out Friday night show as headliners at Cafe Du Nord, “One of the best nights of the year!”