Bands to Watch #150: Hurts

By on Monday, 21st December 2009 at 12:00 pm

Ok, ok, so I’ve written plenty of Band to Watch pieces here at There Goes The Fear over the last few months. But I think, I think, this may be the toughest I’ve had to do yet. Why? Well, because, the duo which I plan on telling you about today have given me a mere 4 minutes 10 seconds to go on.

Yes, yes I have only heard one song from Hurts. But, it was such a fantastical 4 minutes, that I have proceeded to gather a plethora of information on this film noir-like pair, in the hope I can alas assemble some sort of scope for you on the band which are, apparently readers, ‘the next big thing’. Oh, and hey, guess where they’re from? Yes! Manchester! Along with Delphic, Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles, Hurts are yet another upcoming band hailing from this magical Northern City.

With their Neil Tennant-esque, monotone façade and similarly 80s synths, Hurts allow you to step back over 20 years to the era of pretentiously depressive digital pop, which was always formed with an intentionally cheeky under bubbling of dance-inducing hooks.

Now, we all know this era has been milked to death of late. However, Hurts appear to take on their 80s influences so painstakingly, employing the look, sound and atmosphere with near ridiculous accuracy, that they’re that little bit different. That little more, ‘edgy’. Indeed, they were recently tipped for big things next year after gaining themselves a coveted nomination in BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll. And really, it’s not a wild assumption to make. This duo are razor sharp enough to gain decent credentials from music fans, while remaining catchy enough to please Radio 1. So yes, yes I can tell from this four minutes which sits on a loop before me, Hurts certainly do look as if they’ll be having themselves a jolly good 2010.

Hit the band’s MySpace page and check out the video to ‘Wonderful Life’ below.


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3 Responses

1:32 pm
21st December 2009

Great choice. They are the #2 choice in our own blogs one to watch list we published earlier this month.

If you want to hear more music by Hurts they played on Huw Stephens show on Radio 1 recently (may be available on listen again) or I guess those shows are available somewhere on the interweb.

Otherwise get in contact with us through our email address and I may be able to assist you 🙂

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