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April 30, 2014 at 10:50 am Quote #35391


Here’s a free download of “Rock & Roll Cliché”, off our soon to be released new album, “Retrogrenade”.


April 30, 2014 at 11:18 am Quote #35393


Wasn’t that one of the song titles from VH’s 2nd album with Cherone that never saw the light of day?


Boston (April 30, 2014) Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) is back with Hurtsmile and, teaming up with to release ‘Retrogrenade’ on June 2 with a public release to follow. Available now at, is a free download of the single “Rock & Roll Cliché.”
Following up their 2011 self-titled debut, the band’s second release ‘Retrogrenade’ pays homage to almost every genre Cherone has presented in the past and still finds room to give you something new. Inspired by their classic rock roots, “it is the collective effort of the Band flexing their musical muscle” says Gary. Diverse tracks include the Aero/DC inspired ‘Rock & Roll Cliché,’ the hook laden ‘Hello I Must Be Going’, the epic blues of ‘Where Do We Go From Here’, to the sweet acoustic broken-hearted harmonies of ‘Goodbye.’ Hurtsmile rebels against traditional cohesiveness and does not attempt to capture a specific mood. It rather bombards you with a multitude of emotions and challenges you to go along for the ride.

Hurtsmile is Gary Cherone on vocals, Mark Cherone (Flesh) on guitar, Joe Pessia (Tantric/Dramagods) on bass and Dana Spellman on drums. To download “Rock & Roll Cliché” please go to:
Track Listing: Rock & Roll Cliché, Hello I Must Be Going, Big Government, I Still Do, Sing A Song (My Mia), Anymore (Don’t Want My Love),Where Do We Go From Here, A Melody For You, Wonder What, Walk Away, Good Bye, Pump it Up.
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September 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm Quote #38823


Gary Cherone’s Hurtsmile Return With ‘Rock N’ Roll Cliche’ — Exclusive Song Premiere
by Matt Wardlaw September 16, 2014 10:23 AM

Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone is back with his band Hurtsmile, and Ultimate Classic Rock is pleased to present the exclusive premiere of ‘Rock N’ Roll Cliche,’ the first single from the band’s upcoming album ‘Retrogrenade,’ which will be released on Oct. 7 on Cherone’s own label, Slipkid Records.

The album draws upon the collective classic rock influences shared by the members of Hurtsmile, who grew up with the music of legendary bands like Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Queen and Led Zeppelin.

In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Cherone explains what the new single is all about, saying that it’s quite simple: “‘Rock N’ Roll Cliche’ is giving the people what they want. This is what you do. You do anything long enough, it’s somewhat of a cliche. You want to keep it vital and still passionate, but we’re in a rock ‘n’ roll band — at the end of the day, there’s certain things that you do that you did when you were that 15-year-old kid in the garage to being a guy 30 years later — you’re doing the same thing. So I just thought the title had a nice ring to it.”

‘Rock N’ Roll Cliche’ has interesting lineage too. The title dates back to a song that Cherone was working on for the follow-up album to ‘Van Halen III,’ his lone release with the legendary group.

“It was actually a lyric I wrote for [my] second Van Halen record, and I had it on file,” he says. “That’s happened before, you know, you always have a lyric in your back pocket. It’s just been buried for years, and I heard my brother Mark jamming on this riff and it just screamed for that lyric to be kind of rewritten. The melody and some of the lyrics have changed, but the original idea was an old Van Halen song that I wrote back then. So it’s a brand new song and some of the verses are the same, but the names are changed to protect the innocent.”

Hurtsmile will play a show to celebrate the release of ‘Retrogrenade’ on Oct. 11 at Mixx in Malden, Mass.

September 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm Quote #38980



Here’s a free download of “Rock & Roll Cliché”, off our soon to be released new album, “Retrogrenade”.


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October 6, 2014 at 8:42 am Quote #39355


Hurtsmile stream track from Retrogrenade
03/10/2014 ~ by Stef Lach
Second album from band led by former Van Halen man Gary Cherone out this month

Hurtsmile have made a track from their upcoming second album available to stream.

“Hello I Must Be Going” is taken from the album Retrogrenade, due out on October 6 via Slipkid Records.

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October 6, 2014 at 11:16 am Quote #39356


Must have pulled it? All I see is, “This playlist is empty. “


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