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Album Review

On Hurl's 1996 debut full-length, A Place Called Today, the group introduces the listener to their original sound, which is split between cacophonous alterna-rockers and quieter numbers. Producer Bob Weston (Shellac) has done a masterful job of capturing the group's barely containable live energy on disc, the evidence being such tracks as "One Man, Buck," "Faceman," and the album's opener, "Four Feet to Infinity." Most of the other songs ("No. 11," "(The Advantages Of) Temporary Baldness," etc.) can be comparable possibly to early Smashing Pumpkins (circa 1991's Gish). The band shows that they have a knack for writing memorable songs around solid, sturdy riffs, aided by their three-guitar attack on certain songs. In addition, shards of jazz chords and odd time signatures bubble to surface of Hurl's music time and time again, which confirms that they are well on their way to creating their own original brand of heavy alternative rock.

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Pittsburgh natives Hurl started out as a trio back in the summer of 1991. Guitarist/singer Matt Daly was the leader of the band, which also included guitarist/bassist Matt Jenick (also a member of the band Don Caballero) and a percussionist whose name has been forgotten over time. Their sound was high-energy, guitar-driven alternative/punk, and was expressed through a series of singles. Soon after, another guitarist (Dan Wilson) was added to make their sound even denser. The more conventional drum...
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