GARY CHERONE’S HURTSMILE Releases Lyric Video For “BIG GOVERNMENT” Just In Time For Midterm Elections

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Just in time for the 2014 midterm elections, Gary Cherone’s Hurtsmile has released a new lyric video for the song “Big Government”.. The song, which appears on the band’s new album, RETROGRENADE, is an unabashed political critique, featuring Cherone’s fervently ironic vocals (“Omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient big brethren…” Of the track/video Gary Cherone commented, “This song was inspired by a quote from best-selling author and nationally-syndicated talk show host Dennis Prager, ‘the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen’. The lyrics speak for themselves.'” Prager, himself, is featured in the Hurtsmile song.

Hurtsmile is the collaboration of frontman extraordinaire/songwriter Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen), his brother/guitarist Mark Cherone (Flesh/SuperZero), as well as bassist Joe Pessia (Tantric/DramaGods) and drummer Dana Spellman. Following up on the band’s acclaimed self-titled debut in 2011, the fan-funded RETROGRENADE pays homage to almost every genre Gary Cherone has excelled at in the past.

Gary Cherone’s career is rooted in classic rock, but his innate diversity and broad influences have created unexpected detours and surprises. Extreme is the formidable genesis of Cherone’s career; its “funky metal” roots and ubiquitous #1 smash hit “More Than Words,” introduced Cherone to the mainstream, but it was Extreme’s captivating performance at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert that finally put him on the world stage. A few years later Cherone would be asked to join the legendary Van Halen and co-write their VH3 with the band and tour the world once again.

In 2011, Gary teamed up with his brother Mark Cherone, Joe Pessia and Dana Spellman to record the self-titled debut, HURTSMILE, a musically aggressive sucker punch to the face featuring Cherone’s most provocative lyrics to date. Hurtsmile’s music is chock-full of swaggering guitars, soaring vocals and trademark eclecticism, with The Boston Globe declaring the quartet “hard-hitting.” Hurtsmile is Gary Cherone (vocals), Mark Cherone (guitars), Joe Pessia (bass, mandolin) and Dana Spellman (drums, percussion).

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