Adam Anderson and Theo Hutchcraft met outside a Mancunian nightclub just before Christmas 2005. Their friends were having a punch-up and the two of them got talking about music. Over the subsequent year they communicated only via the Internet from their homes in Salford and Longsight. Anderson sent backing tracks. Hutchcraft sent back vocals. "It was like we couldn't meet in public," says Anderson. "Perhaps it was your [Hutchcraft's] lifestyle, I don't know. But we made music together before we knew each other." Their musical backgrounds were different. "I learnt to sing by singing along in clubs," deadpans Hutchcraft. Anderson, meanwhile, had an ambition to write scores for television. "I did one for Channel Five once," he tells me. "But they hated it." Despite only signing a deal in late August, the band's natural momentum saw them come 4th in the BBC Sound Poll of 2010, as well as receiving tips from everyone; from The Guardian to Disorder Magazine. Despite the initial hype initially based on the viral video for Wonderful Life the band retreated to their studio to complete the debut album, only surfacing for the limited edition release of the Arthur Baker remix of Wonderful Life in January and 3 sold out gigs one in Manchester, one in London and one in Berlin. With their album complete, they are ready to move into the mainstream with their first proper release Better Than Love. OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
With their sharp suits, slick hair and stark visuals, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson present a striking contrast to the glow-in-the-dark pop stars who have run amok across the charts of late. Looking like they would rather be on the cover of Vogue Hommes than NME or Smash Hits, the pair resemble Tears For Fears as shot by Anton Corbijn. BBC NEWS
And on the reasons why theyve gone through several incarnations / are still striving to reach musics upper echelons: We've been doing this for a while and our world's come crashing down a lot of times, and we've built back up. The Music Industry plays a big part in it because it's a world built on a lot of false promises and misplaced hope. When you're on the climb up, you give your heart away to a lot of people a lot of the time, and then they kick it into touch. And personally, we've both experienced extreme elation in equal measures with inconsolable despair. That makes you quite stoic and I find it very hard to get excited about very much any more. It's quite tragic. All you do is hope and keep going Our ambitions are success there's no denying it. We write pop music. To aim lower than going stratospheric is quite cowardly.
Ahead of the release of their as-yet-untitled debut long player on August 16 which was recorded in isolation over 12 months in an underground studio Adam (synths) and Theo (vocals) have completed a Q&A for R*E*P*E*A*T. A smooth and stylish duo, who believe that by giving away less makes music more valuable and increases interest + whose epic, melancholic, elegant, melodramatic, enigmatic and meticulous electropop songs, are so good, it hurts!
Dragging The 80s into 2010 with depth and dynamism,
having found the perfect balance between emotion and digital precision
Hurts key strength these are pop savants who have purpose
and promise in spades
1.Youve been hotly-tipped as Ones To Watch by
both the music press and numerous music insiders. How are you feeling
about the buzz surrounding Hurts?
4.On a trip to Italy, you reportedly discovered Disco Lento
can you tell us more about this?
A very special thanks to Hurts and to Justin @ Sony Music, for all of their time and help.