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An Interview With Robert J. Hurns - President, Curio Cabinet Records

What’s Next for The Christ Stains and Who are The Von Font Counters?

CHICAGO (June 2019) – Meta Melody magazine recently sat down with Robert J. Hurns, solo artist and member of The Christ Stains, to talk about the future of the Christ Stains as well as his production credit for Castle of the Von Font Counters, soon to be released on Curio Cabinet Records.  The following is an edited excerpt from that interview.

MM: It looks like you have a lot on your plate at the moment.  Let’s start with The Christ Stains.

RH:  Sure.  The Christ Stains started as a vehicle for my guitar-oriented stuff.  If the song has a distorted guitar motif, it goes in the Christ Stains bucket.  I’m joined by two of my cronies on bass and drums, Jim (Grogan) and Pete (Zimmerman), whom I’ve known since 1979.  When I met them, we all bonded over a love for music, particularly punk and new wave.  Jim worships at the altar of The Who, while Pete tends toward a more rootsy sound.  Back then, we would hang out in the clubs as that was the only place where you were going to hear non-conforming music.  You weren’t going to hear Joy Division, Ultravox or Wire on the radio.  To this day, we still share that same bond, so it was natural to recruit them for the Christ Stains. 

                                               
                     Robert J. Hurns, left, with Sr. Dana Benedicta at sold out King Crimson Oslo concert July 2019.

MM: How was the reaction to Meet the Christ Stains!?

RH: Quite surprising actually.  So far we’ve been streamed in forty-five countries worldwide...it’s amazing that without a major marketing machine we are reaching so many diverse international music listeners.  It’s amazing how you can reach out and distribute product throughout the entire planet.  The problem is getting a decent payment for streaming, but that’s another story.  The most popular tracks off the album are Twin Peeks, El Syd, Last Day and Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee. The people have spoken! [Laughs]

MM: What’s next for the Christ Stains?

RH: Well, as you know, Jim suffered a serious injury over the winter.  He fell on ice and ended up tearing his rotator cuff, which definitely put his drumming on the back burner.  The good news is he is on the mend and on his way to sitting behind the kit again…it’s just a matter of time.  In the meantime, Pete and I have been workshopping material which may or may not end up on the sophomore album.  He and I have also been toying with the idea of doing a batch of cover songs, stuff like Sixteen Tons and the Stones No Expectations.  If we go that route, I would love to work up a Nice-like cover of America once Jim gets his chops back, even though that would feature keyboards.  Maybe take a stab at Magazine’s Perma Frost.  Our working title for the next album is Second Coming.

MM: Is the name a religious thing?

RH: Only in that Jesus and his family had a religion based around them! I had read a book about the Shroud of Turin, which reached the conclusion there are things about the shroud modern science cannot explain.  I was very impressed by that.  So “Christ Stain” of course is a reference to the image on the Shroud of Turin.  It was intended to invoke a sense of mystery and a bit of awe. I can see how folks eager to reach a conclusion would think this might be Jesus rock, especially with a song title like Golgotha.  But it’s not.  The music is devoid of any philosophical platform.

MM: It’s obvious all your projects are instrumental and you’re on a label devoted to instrumental music.  Do you ever think in terms of lyrics?

RH:  I used to, but not anymore.  I’ve only written a handful of lyrics since the mid-eighties.  Most of my lyrical stuff was performed by the Tortfeasors in the early 90’s, stuff like Love Theme from Texas Chainsaw, Three Fatal Words and Hitler’s wedding.  Where I’m at now, I think solely in terms of musical structure without words.

MM: Many songs on Meet the Christ Stains! as well as your solo efforts (Crabby Road and Music From Imaginary Movies) cry out for lyrics.

RH: Perhaps. But once you provide a lyric, you’ve nailed that song to a specific topic.  Put it in a box and categorized it.  This is a song about love, digging coal or your nineteenth nervous breakdown. You will always identify that song by its specific topic.  Not so with instrumental music.  What the song is about is up to the listener and his imagination, especially if the listener hears something new to them, without so much as a title to guide them.  One of the great film composers (whose name escapes me) once said the true test of film music was if it held up on its own merits when completely divorced from the images it was meant to accompany.  I love that concept…music that is free to be interpreted by the listener.  I feel apprehensive sometimes when I put a title on a song, as I’m effectively guiding the listener toward my interpretation of what that song is about, be it the apocalypse or a giant bumble bee.  Look at classical music.  Your entire perspective of Pictures at an Exhibition is based upon Mussorgsky’s premise of you viewing a series of paintings, so it’s difficult to disassociate from that.  When someone gives a composition a title such as “symphony” or “concerto,” the imagination is free to provide the color.  In many ways, I’m trying to fill a neglected niche.  Instrumental music used to make impact on the charts back in the day, but not anymore.  It was common back then to have songs like Pipeline, Walk Don’t Run, Rebel Rouser, and Theme from a Summer Place all at the top of the charts. Instrumental hits were a staple of the big band era and the golden age of radio.  It would be nice to see instrumental music make a comeback and give the chipmunk-like robot voices a run for their money.  Long live Dick Dale!

MM: You just finished producing Castle of the Von Font Counters for the Von Font Counters.  What’s the story there?

RH: My personal perspective is the Von Font Counters are a mystery wrapped within an enigma.  No one has a clue who they are!  They are completely anonymous, much like the Residents.  There is an entire mythos that surrounds them…supposed ancient European legends claiming this family has existed for a long, long time, and has occupied an almost Illuminati-like role throughout history.  Aristocrats? Ancients?  Mystics?  No one knows.  Curio Cabinet was very intrigued by this material and I jumped at the chance to produce it.  It’s unique and off the beaten track…dark, dramatic and spooky.

MM: Did you meet any of the Von Font Counters?

RH: Absolutely not.  At no point did I meet any of them.  All contact was through agents or electronic media.  Several times I received handwritten instructions, all anonymous.  My job was to take these songs and burnish them as little as possible, preserving the intent of the original source material.  Absolutely no corrective software or computer programing involved.  I see myself as the shepherd who brought these songs out of darkness into the daylight.  I can’t wait to see what happens once it’s released.

MM: What else is on your plate?

RH: We’ll be in Austin in August representing Curio Cabinet Records at CDBaby’s D.I.Y. Music Conference and we’re really looking forward to that.  As well as eating at Stubb’s.  Plus I’ve started writing a batch of new material for my next solo album.  This stuff will be nothing but keyboard and electronics in the vein of Kraftwerk.   Cold and logical. My working title is Go to HAL.  Hopefully it will be ready to go by the fall.

MM: Well, thank you for your time here today. It was great meeting you; I look forward to listening to the Von Font Counters. Curio Cabinet Records has really built up a great catalogue of original instrumental rock albums.

Hurns’ albums Crabby Road (at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns), Music From Imaginary Movies (at www.cdbaby.com/cdrjhurns2) , Meet The Christ Stains! (at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1) and Castle of the Von Font Counters (at http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thevonfontcounters ), all on Curio Cabinet Records, can be downloaded from all streaming platforms worldwide.  CD’s can be purchased at cdbaby.com.


5/23/19

THE VON FONT COUNTERS DEBUT ALBUM UNLEASHES A LEGEND

 CHICAGO (May 21, 2019) – The mysterious musical clan known as The Von Font Counters, up till now shrouded in legend and the subject of much speculation, released their debut album Castle of the Von Font Counters worldwide today, Chicago-based Curio Cabinet Records announced. The album, produced by Robert J. Hurns, is available at http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thevonfontcounters and off all download/streaming platforms. 

Scary Monster mag features "Castle of the Von Font Counters."

Just who (or what?) are the Von Font Counters?  No one really knows for sure, as they prefer to remain anonymous, working in the shadows.  The exact origins of the family Von Font Counter are lost in the murk of time.  Some believe the clan came from the western base of the Carpathian Mountains, while others claim they originally dwelled on the frozen steppes of northern Europe.  Tradition has it members of the Von Font Counters have covertly appeared throughout history in various mediums such as literature, painting and sculpture.  One specific eastern European folk legend alleges the Von Font Counters served as musicians in the court of Vlad the Impaler.  About the only thing pundits can agree upon is the Von Font Counters are wrapped in an almost impenetrable cloak of mystery.

Castle of the Von Font Counters is the first tangible proof of their existence.  Each song on the album provides clues, and peels back a small layer of the mystery.  The album kicks off with Dark Day Dance, a surging, Viking-like epic.  Long Division follows, recalling the dystopian sound of Joy Division.  Residential  recalls the musical mayhem of the Residents, a similarly secret entity.  In the Laboratory and The Inn Crowd would not sound out of place in a classic Hammer film, conjuring a glimpse of those respective environments.  Laudanum is a wobbly-legged ode to a Victorian-era sedative, while Memento Mori contemplates the great beyond with a dose of ELP-like synthesizer.  The penultimate song of the album, A Clockwork Von Font Counter, weaves between the worlds of the organic and the mechanical.  Finally, the album closes with Message to Gort, which may be an indication of where the Von Font Counters intend to go next.

“Producing this album was a challenge” said Robert J. Hurns, who produced, mixed and mastered Castle of the Von Font Counters for Curio Cabinet Records. “Because of the anonymous nature of the musicians and their request for absolute secrecy, I never met any of them face-to-face.  All communication was through remote means or through designated agents.  I was really excited about the material I received and what could be done with it.  These songs remind me of paintings by Goya…condensed, intense with a dark palette, each telling a story.

“The Von Font Counters are similar to the avant garde performance art musicians The Residents, who insist their identities remain secret” said Hurns.  “This is a good thing as the cult of personality can’t overwhelm the actual music.  Although in the case of the Von Font Counters, there may be other reasons for not going out in the daylight.  If you recall the literary vampire rock band The Vampire Lestat in Anne Rice’s novel of the same name, I started thinking that perhaps the Von Font Counters were the inspiration for that!”

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                                                     Robert J. Hurns, president of Curio Cabinet Records visits Spotify's new Stockhom headquarters in July 2018.

Promoting the band 'The Christ Stains' & album "Meet The Christ Stains!" (above) at Spotify's new headquarters in Stockholm in early July 2018. Robert J. Hurns, musician and member of the band, visits Spotify's new, glass-enclosed, offices located just down the street from the Royal Palace. Music is available on Spotify, all streaming services and at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1.


11/7/18

Curio Cabinet Records President Recalls When Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick Said Thumbs Down to Hit Album Remixing, Discussed Indie Music               

         CHICAGO, Nov. 7, 2018 – While working on his fourth album, Chicago-based Curio Cabinet Records President Robert J. Hurns recalls when Beatles legendary recording engineer Geoff Emerick surprised a crowd in Chicago recently by saying, “there is no need to remix or ‘update’ Beatles and other hit albums and to reissue them, it’s just a way for the recording industry to make more money.”

Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick, Chicago, August 2018.     “Reengineering a Beatles album is like redoing the Mona Lisa or the Pyramids. Their music was real and beautiful,” said Emerick (left) at an August 2018 Beatles Fest in Chicago. Emerick passed away Oct. 2, 2018 in Los Angeles at the age of 72. Reports say the multi-Grammy winner’s death was due to a heart attack.

     At the August event Hurns and Emerick discussed the changing music landscape and production of Hurns’ three albums Crabby Road, MUSIC FROM IMAGINARY MOVIES, and Meet The Christ Stains! Emerick applauded Hurns for writing, producing and performing all his rock instrumental music.

     “So much of today’s modern music is like painting by numbers, creativity is lacking,” Emerick, who had moved from London to Los Angeles years ago, said. Hurns agreed with him.

        In making Meet The Christ Stains! Hurns was joined by two other Chicago music fanatics, friends and cinefiles to make up the Christ Stains band - Pete Zimmerman (an educator) and James Grogan (a lawyer). They put their ideas formed years ago into a landscape of hard rock and film score splendor. 

       Adding burning guitar riffs to many album songs is Chicago guitarist Ron Steta, who has played with top-rated Billboard bands.

     The album invokes a cinematic landscape located between rock and soundtrack, aided by treated guitars and keyboards that emulate muscular sounds such as piano, violin, cello, saxophone and pipe organ.  Each song tells a story like the melodic ‘Last Day’ written about the fleeting summer.

      Hurns songs have been downloaded by fans in more than 35 countries and the U.S. according to CDBaby.com streaming analytics. Hurns albums can be streamed from all downloading platforms, including Spotify, and purchased from CD Baby - Meet The Christ Stains! is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1; Crabby Road at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns and Music From Imaginary Movies is at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2.  Meet The Christ Stains! is described as a sonic thunderstorm. Fans described their favorite songs as:

       “In Twin Peeks (song 5) we step into an ethereal world filled with intense guitar work, laden with echoes and bells, bluesy; 

         Last Day (song 6) is the pop hit I’ve been waiting for… light, sweet frivolity with the Stains’ identifiable psychedelic guitar riffs;  

        El Syd (song 4) brilliant, the Stains reveal their psychedelic side – get out of the way dream syndicate;

         Golgotha (song 2) is a metal cornucopia with raw, spare drumming, begs for dancing, and a raw drum score with Celtic crush chords;    

        Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee (song 7) is a full frontal sonic assault, got to dance!;

        Dust (song 8) has a pretty Latin beat with echo, bells … sounds like the close of the day;  

         Shroud Sky (song 9)  layered guitar parts get one moving with mariachis as the day ends … one glances at a sky full of stars, obviously a Bowie tribute; and,

         Herald (song 1) Kubrick-ish soundtrack for a mystical sci-fi flick, heaven’s gates break pen after the Roman trumpets!”                                                    

                                                  Meet The Christ Stains! Robert J. Hurns third album. Available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

       “It was an incredible pleasure to meet and talk with Geoff Emerick about producing music,” Hurns said. “I thought his book (Here, There & Everywhere) was amazing, especially the parts about the technical aspects of recording the Beatles and working with the legendary George Martin.”

     Hurns played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, the Texas Chainsaw Experience and the Tortfeasers. He created and produced Safety March, a theme for an international safety trade group’s 100th anniversary.  His fourth album will be released later this year.

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6/22/18

UPWARD SPIKE IN MEET THE CHRIST STAINS! ALBUM’S WORLDWIDE STREAMING DOWNLOADS PROPELS HURNS TO REISSUE FIRST TWO SOLO ALBUMS

 CHICAGO (June 22, 2018) –While independent musicians may not profit directly from streaming platforms, Curio Cabinet Records President and Musician Robert J. Hurns said, they provide a wide international audience for musicians. So due to an ongoing increase in worldwide streaming of his music, Hurns has reissued his first two solo albums Crabby Road and Music From Imaginary Movies. Songs from the first two albums continue to be popular worldwide along with those from his recently released Meet The Christ Stains!

   “Through Spotify and other streaming platforms people in 35 countries (cdbaby.com statistics) and the U.S. have downloaded our music this past year,” Hurns said today. “This is the nexus where commerce and art come together.

   “In the not too distant past independent artists did not have access to international distribution, but platforms like Spotify extend our reach into the global market unlike ever before,” Hurns said.  Spotify went public last April and is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

    Meet The Christ Stains! is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1, Crabby Road at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns and Music From Imaginary Movies at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2.

   Top Hurns downloaded songs include Sonic Magazine, Winter, Battle Line and The Office from Crabby Road; and, Giant Monkey Island, Larry Blotter – Potions A’Poppin, Abbutt & Castello Meet Osama Bin Laden and Lunar Ocean from Music From Imaginary Movies.

   Twin Peeks, Last Day, Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee and El Syd, songs on the Meet The Christ Stains! album, are also top downloads.

   Curio Cabinet Records’ global fans, to date and according to cdbaby.com statistics, hail from Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Iceland, Philippines, Russia, Greece, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Austria, Brazil, Portugal,  Denmark, Turkey, South Korea, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and Ecuador.

     “There is a downside for an independent musician, however. The tradeoff for access to worldwide distribution is the tenth of a penny an artist earns after streaming for each song,” Hurns said.  “Perhaps now that it has gone public stockholders could urge Spotify to seek more equitable pay for the artists, who in essence are the content providers.”

      Hurns, also a lawyer, played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, the Texas Chainsaw Experience and the Tortfeasers. He developed and performed Safety March, a theme for an international safety trade group’s 100th anniversary. Music critics have said:  “Hurns’ music makes you feel like you are free on a technicality…we bet you’ll plead insanity when you hear his latest” and “Sly, wiggly syncopated industrial pop performed on brightly toned synths and electric guitar by Hurns; vampy industrial rock.” Music breaks all barriers and Hurns instrumental rock has proved to be popular worldwide, one local artist noted.

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04/03/18

SPOTIFY SPIKES HURNS' CURIO CABINET RECORDS INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE; SAYS RECENT NYSE LISTING COULD LEAD TO EQUITABLE MUSICIANS PAY

(CHICAGO, April 3, 2018) – Independent musicians may not profit directly from today’s closely watched Spotify debut on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), yet the streaming platform does provide a wide international audience for musicians who may not have an international marketing machine.

   “Through Spotify and other streaming platforms people in 30 countries and the U.S. have downloaded our music this past year,” Robert J. Hurns, president of Chicago-based Curio Cabinet Records, said today. “This is the nexus where commerce and art come together.

   “In the not too distant past independent artists did not have access to international distribution, but platforms like Spotify extend our reach into the global market unlike ever before,” Hurns said.

   Spotify, the Sweden-based music streaming company, was publicly traded for the first time on the NYSE today opening at around $160 per share. “This entry on to the NYSE is, in a way, Spotify saying ‘we’re here to stay’,” said Hurns.
   Curio Cabinet Records and Hurns’ albums, available on Spotify and other streaming platforms, include the latest release ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1,  ‘Crabby Road’ at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns and ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’ at ww.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2.

     Prior to the release of Chicago band the Christ Stains debut album in late 2017, Sonic Magazine from Hurns first album ‘Crabby Road’ was the top internationally downloaded song, based on CD.baby.com statistics, followed by Giant Monkey Island from Hurns’ ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’ album.

   The songs Twin Peeks, Last Day, Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee and El Syd of the new ‘Meet The Christ Stains’ album became popular international downloads after the album’s late 2017 release.

   Global listeners of music from Curio Cabinet Records’ three albums to date hail from Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Iceland, Philippines, Russia, Greece, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Austria, Brazil, Portugal,  Denmark, Turkey, South Korea, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and Ecuador. Countries order is listed based on popularity from cdbaby.com artist statistics.

     “There is a downside for an independent musician, however. The tradeoff for access to worldwide distribution is the tenth of a penny an artist earns after streaming for each song,” Hurns said.  “Perhaps after going public stockholders could urge Spotify to seek more equitable pay for the artists, who in essence are the content providers.”

      Hurns, also a lawyer, played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, the Texas Chainsaw Experience and the Tortfeasers and developed and performed ‘Safety March’, a theme for an international safety trade group’s 100th anniversary. Local critics have said:  “Hurns’ music makes you feel like you are free on a technicality…we bet you’ll plead insanity when you hear his latest” and “Sly, wiggly syncopated industrial pop performed on brightly toned synths and electric guitar by Hurns; vampy industrial rock.”

      “Music is an international language,” Hurns said. “It’s exciting to see so many people in other countries downloading music from the Curio Cabinet label. Perhaps as the music streaming industry grows so will the benefits to the musicians who provide the creative and entertaining music for growing global audiences. You can’t buy love, but money does pay the mortgage.”

                                                         

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1/5/18

Curio Cabinet Records Releases New 2018 Hot Playlist For Work Outs, Play, Down Time, Traveling:

1.       Sonic Magazine, ‘Crabby Road’ by R.J. Hurns, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns

2.       Man From Christ Stain, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

3.        El Syd, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

4.        Twin Peeks, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

5.        Last Day, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

6.        The Office, ‘Crabby Road’, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns

7.         Lunar Ocean, ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’ by R. J. Hurns,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2

8. Giant Monkey Island, ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2

9.    Battle Line, ‘Music From Imaginary Movies’, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2

10.   Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

11.   Dust, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

12.   Shroud Sky, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,   https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

13.   Golgotha, ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1

              

The Christ Stains band, above, from left Pete Zimmerman (hat), Robert J. Hurns (guitar) and Jim Grogan on drums at recent jam session at CCR studios. TMC photos.

14.   Wild Boar, ‘Crabby Road’,  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns

  "This first playlist is based on fans input from our three albums including the just-released 'Meet The Christ Stains!' album," Robert J. Hurns, Curio Cabinet Records President and musician, said today from his studio in Chicago. "Many of these songs are our top downloads from around the world from all platforms. We'll have another new album out in early 2018. We thank everyone for listening, their ongoing support and hope everyone has a very Happy New Year."

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HURNS' CHRIST STAINS AT POP CON MILWAUKEE NOV. 4 & 5

(CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2017) - The Chicago-based Christ Stains band will be at Pop Con Milwaukee 2017 this Nov. 4 & 5 at the Crown Plaza Hotel/Convention Center promoting their new album ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ and selling collectibles. The annual event features celebrities and more than 300 vendors. Special guests include Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, John Schneider, Bobby Hull, Pete Rose, Fergie Jenkins, artist Mike Grell (drawing portraits) and Baron Von Raschke. Curio Cabinet Records President and musician Robert J. Hurns says, “The music, shopping and meeting TV and sport legends make for a great time.”

Go to PopConMilwaukee.com for more info.
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10/19/17

Fans Say New Hurns CD a Metal Cornucopia with Frontal Sonic Assault, Dreamy Guitar & Songs Beg for Dancing 

  (CHICAGO, Oct. 19, 2017) – Heavy instrumental songs forged in rock, cinema and imagination run through new Chicago band Christ Stains’ ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ CD just released by Chicagoan Robert J. Hurns, and is garnering enthusiastic feedback. It is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1 and on major streaming platforms. Listeners are saying:    

        “Golgotha (song 2) is a metal cornucopia with raw, spare drumming, begs for dancing, a synthesized oboe/clarinet dance macabre, and a raw drum score with Celtic crush chords”;

         “In Twin Peeks (song 5) we step into an ethereal world filled with intense guitar work, laden with echoes and bells  - where am I? - bluesy, takes one deep into the Pacific Northwest forest”;

        “Last Day (song 6) is the pop hit I’ve been waiting for… light, sweet frivolity with the Stains’ identifiable psychedelic guitar riffs”;

        “El Syd (song 4) brilliant, the Stains reveal their psychedelic side – get out of the way Dream Syndicate!”

        “Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee (song 7) is a full frontal sonic assault, got to dance!”;

        “Dust (song 8) has a pretty Latin beat with echo, bells … sounds like the close of the day”;

        “Shroud Sky (song 9)  layered guitar parts get one moving with mariachis as the day ends … one glances at a sky full of stars, obviously a Bowie tribute”; and,

         “Herald (song 1) Kubrick-ish soundtrack for a mystical sci-fi flick, heaven’s gates break open after the Roman trumpets!”

         One record collector said, "Meet The Christ Stains! is brilliant - lyrical and cinematic."

         The album, all original music, invokes a cinematic landscape located between rock and soundtrack, aided by treated guitars and keyboards that emulate muscular sounds such as piano, violin, cello, saxophone and pipe organ.  Each song tells a story with the melodic ‘Last Day’ written about fleeting summer.

        Three Chicago-based music fanatics and cinefiles (Hurns, Pete Zimmerman and James Grogan) created a landscape of hard rock and film score splendor in the new 'Meet The Christ Stains!' album.   

                                                       

         Chicago/Elk Grove guitarist Ron Steta, who has played with several top-rated Billboard bands over the years, adds burning guitar play to songs Golgotha, El Syd and Last Day. Hurns produced and mixed the album for Chicago’s Curio Cabinet Records. This is Hurns third album - ‘Crabby Road’ (available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns) and ‘Music from Imaginary Movies’ (at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2) are available from CD Baby.com. The album is also available at Rolling Stones Records in Norridge, Illinois.

     “It’s great, somewhat surreal that the record store I’d visit in the 70s and 80s will be selling my album,” Hurns said. “I remember going there the first week it opened when it was a small corner store. I never dreamed they would stock my music!”

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Robert Hurns New'Christ Stains' Rock Album Puts Mental in Instrumental, Helping Hurricane Victims

      (CHICAGO, SEPT. 13, 2017) - Heavy instrumental songs forged in rock, cinema and imagination run through new Chicago band Christ Stains’ ‘Meet The Christ Stains!’ CD released this week. It is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1. The album, featuring all original music, is on numerous streaming platforms and in MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.
        The new music invokes a cinematic landscape located between rock and soundtrack,  aided by treated guitars and keyboards that emulate muscular sounds such as piano, violin, cello, saxophone and pipe organ. Hard-hitting album songs include Herald, Golgotha, Man from Christ Stain, El Syd, Twin Peeks, Last Day, Attack of the Giant Bumble Bee, Dust and Shroud Sky. 
        In making 'Meet The Christ Stains!' three Chicago-based music fanatics and cinefiles (Robert J. Hurns, Pete Zimmerman and James Grogan) joined together and melded their influences to form a musical terrain less traveled for the new album. The trio created a landscape of hard rock and film score splendor - epic songs for the mind and body.       
        Chicago guitarist Ron Steta, who has played with several top-rated Billboard bands over the years, adds burning guitar play to songs Golgotha, El Syd and Last Day. Hurns, of Chicago, produced the album for Chicago’s Curio Cabinet Records.
         Hurns, principal keyboard player and guitarist, is a lawyer and musician. He has played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, The Texas Chainsaw Experience and the Tortfeasers.  Zimmerman (a product of the Old Town School of Folk Music) works in education; Grogan is a lawyer.
         This is the third album for Hurns (pictured below). His earlier solo albums ‘Crabby Road’ (available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns) and ‘Music from Imaginary Movies’ (at www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns2) can be heard and purchased from CD Baby. One can also listen to and purchase individual tracks from CD Baby.
           During the week of Sept. 11-15 CD Baby is donating net proceeds from digital sales on its music store towards relief efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, including those from 'Meet The Christ Stains!'

       Contact diane@turnermorrisoncommunicatons.com for more information.

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Chicagoan Bob Hurns’ Music Hits High Note
“His music is like vast landscapes punctuated with driving angular lines of sonic goodness”

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Hurns’ music is “A vast soundscape punctuated with driving angular lines of sonic greatness”

Vampy industrial rock (WZRD FM, Chicago)”

Robert Hurns’ music makes you feel like you are free on a technicality…we bet you’ll plead insanity when you hear Hurns’ latest” (The Illinois Entertainer)

Wow, this is great music; I’ve played it every day and with my training!” (Dartmouth College undergraduate)

Sly wiggly syncopated industrial pop performed on brightly toned synths and electric guitar by Hurns - many of the 13 vampy, offbeat pieces have a film soundtrack work... perhaps a collaboration with Tim  Burton should be arranged” (WZRD-FM, Chicago);                   

                                  

To date, the most downloaded songs are The Office, Sonic Magazine, Winter, Lunar Ocean, Battle Line, and Giant Monkey Island. Early listeners of the soon to be released ‘A song for Diane’ say this is a sure hit. Hurns, a lawyer and musician, played in Chicago bands Radio Whip, The Texas Chainsaw Experience and the popular Tortfeasers.

Go to http://cdbaby.com/cd/rjhurns now to order copies of Hurns’ ‘Crabby Road’ or ‘Music from Imaginary Movies’ CDs or to download individual tracks, also found at iTunes, Spotify, Napster and all the top music  access sites.  Contact diane@turnermorrisoncommunicatons.com for more information.  2014- New music coming this year!          


9/7/17

CD Baby Artists Donate to Harvey Victims

(Portland, OR, Sept. 7, 2017) - CD Baby will donate proceeds from all digital sales on their music store to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Between Monday, September 11th (12:00am PST), and Friday, September 15th (11:59pm PST), CD Baby will donate net proceeds from all digital sales, including the new CD 'Meet The Christ Stains!' at www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjhurns1 , at CD Baby music store (store.cdbaby.com) to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, the recent storm that devastated east Texas and parts of Louisiana. The money collected will be given to the Red Cross, now actively working on the ground helping Harvey victims.

CD Baby is donating its cut of digital sales for the week of September 11-15, passing the money along to relief efforts. During the week, CD Baby, musicians, including the band Christ Stains, and music buyers will join together to help the victims of Harvey and begin the rebuilding efforts.  -- 30 --

By Chris Robley. CD Baby