One of the most difficult things in the world is watching someone you care about suffer. Northern Virginia based quartet Reluctant Zero know this, but also understand that trying to help someone help themselves is not always the best solution.
“Hurt No More” is the first taste of Reluctant Zero’s upcoming full-length album — and it’s a rollicking rock track of scope and levels. A bouncing guitar opens the track while the percussion comes in with flourishes. The vocals arrive with a clear-cut melody that sticks with you. The lyrics are surprisingly gentle. “And if you make me save you, I suppose I will,” Matthew Rector sings. “I would rather spare you and just take your bitter pill.”
In contrast to the sweet-and-sad lyrics, the video more closely matches the tone of the wild guitar solo that bridges the track. Here, we watch Superman and Batman step into a backyard boxing ring in a fight for the ages. Something about the simple act of the fight is equally as satisfying as a certain epic franchise. Comic book onomatopoeias fly up and the crowd goes wild to the swell of the track. Perhaps in best synch with the lyrics is the conclusion. In this world, no one wins, and everyone is hurt.