Music Evaluations: Reluctant Zero “Damage No Extra” Single Launch – NoHo Arts District


North Virginia’s Reluctant Zero is much, much more than a very smart name.

“Hurt No More” is such a brilliant track, haunting, deceptively simple, great guitar breaks, excellent hook, meaningfully catchy. A very tough track for a seemingly very serious band.

The song is great produced, harmonious, unpredictable, purposeful, the kind of song that grows and grows when you play it. It comes from somewhere, the lyrics, the singing, the gorgeous, teasing suspension of the payoff.

It always surprises me how incredible music makes you feel, how the very best songs can transport and support us and remind us all of how deeply we are all connected. How much more are we the same than different.

I go through rock songs with a delicate center and this song has that extraordinary, epic vulnerability that makes a classic song.

Where’s the movie that needs this as a soundtrack? Loved it! More please, reluctant zero. I heard they have an album in the works. So I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it.

Musicians: Matthew Rector – rhythm guitar and vocals, Felix Barca – lead guitar, Dave Jones – bass, Chris Scott – drums

Name of producer: John Brooks



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