EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Chappell Roan Mirrors The Interplay Between Pleasure & Pain In “Good Hurt” Acoustic Video

Photo Credit: Catie Laffoon

There are an endless number of hypotheses for the age-old question: why is there an inherent pleasure in pain? Maybe it’s the endorphins that are released when one feels pain, or perhaps it’s the simple fact that one cannot exist without the other– a sometimes necessary reassurance of the human ability to experience a full range of profound emotions. We don’t have all the answers, but we do know something for certain: the interplay between pleasure and pain is not a topic commonly discussed by teenagers. 

Enter Chappell Roan, the 19-year old songwriter who has spent her entire (young) life honing her craft: a stunningly melancholy sound packaged with lyrical wisdom and overflowing with out-of-the-box pop potential. Sonically, “Good Hurt” encapsulates the same paradoxical power that the title insinuates. Cloaked in a blissful pop exterior with Roan’s airy, wide-ranging vocals taking center stage, a closer listen to the song’s lyrics reveals darker implications. 

Lyrics like “Cold hearted frustration / You can call it foundation” and “Bite you goodbye and leave you cold / Now use me just like I used you” hint at an irresistibly toxic romance. While the relationship is clearly unhealthy for both parties, the connection is so strong that it always pulls them back for more. As Roan shared,

“It’s hard for me to explain what ‘Good Hurt’ is about. The best way for me to describe it is an addiction to pain. The meaning lies in the song and the video. Watch and listen and they will tell you everything.”

In the stripped back acoustic rendition of “Good Hurt,” premiering today on Ones To Watch, we get an even more intimate look at the young songwriter’s vocal abilities and very palpable, personal attachment to the piece. Filmed in a natural setting with only an acoustic guitar as backing, Roan stares straight into the camera as her poignant words strike a meaningful connection with fans who have also experienced a “Good Hurt.” Watch the video below, and stay tuned for another stunning live video by Chappell Roan–premiering next week on Ones To Watch.

Recently signed to Atlantic Records, it’s not difficult to spot the potential in Chappell Roan. The young singer takes her live talent on the road this winter, alongside fellow artist to watch Declan McKenna. See all dates below and pick up your tickets here

CHAPPEL ROAN ON TOUR 2018 - Tour Dates with Declan McKenna


31 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s


1 – San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Patio Bar

2 – Dallas, TX – Three Links

4 – Memphis, TN – Growlers

5 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

6 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

8 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

9 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall

12 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

13 – Charlottesville, SC – The Southern

14 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java

16 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents

18 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at Outer Space

19 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall

21 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall

22 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met

24 – Albany, NY – The Hollow

25 – Syracuse, NY – Funk N Waffles

27 – Millvale, PA – The Funhouse

28 – Akron, OH – Musica


2 – Newark, OH – The Ballroom at Thirty One West

3 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache

4 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar

6 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome

7 – Bloomington, IN – Rhino’s

9 – Evanston, IL – SPACE (Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture)

10 – DeKalb, IL – The House Café

11 – Madison, WI – The Majestic Theatre

13 – Burnsville, MN – The Garage

14 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

16 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note

17 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

18 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre

20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

22 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project

23 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall

25 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk

26 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Bakery

28 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones

29 – San Diego, CA – Music Box

30 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

31 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge