Justin Pearson is one of San Diego’s all-time greatest musical figures, having fronted legendary noise bands such as The Locust and Swing Kids in addition to plying his trade with modern groups like Dead Cross, Planet B, and Head Wound City. Now, he’s formed a new, grindy post-hardcore project called More Pain with fellow Head Wound City member and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner.
Last week, the duo released their debut single “Hammering Tenderness,” a short 27-second blast of spazzy, heavy guitar riffs and Pearson’s pained screeches of defiance. The classic “less is more” punk-rock mantra applies here as More Pain pack enough gnarled emotion and fiery dissonance into those rabid 27 seconds to leave us enthralled, satisfied, and still craving a whole lot more. It’s the first taste of the group’s debut self-titled EP, which comes out on April 19 via Pearson’s Three One G label. You can pre-order that record HERE, and watch the video for “Hammering Tenderness” below. It’s directed by Pearson’s frequent visual collaborator Joana Lopes, and features shadowy visuals and symbols flashing across the screen along with snippets of the track’s lyrics.