By Mary Chang on Thursday, 4th April 2013 at 6:00 pm
I always get nervous when faced with one of those ‘explicit content’ stickers at the start of a YouTube video. In Hurts‘ new video released today for ‘Blind’, the story begins in exactly the way the European Hurts faithful dream about. Things quickly go awry with flashbacks of sexual passion (hence the warning; it’s not that horrible, but I probably wouldn’t show this to little kids) and what looks like drug use using wonky arrows. Most importantly though, the song itself sounds more like the Hurts we have come to know and love. Watch the video below.
Manchester duo Hurts are on that line which I, as a pretentious music critic, hate to distinguish, this line being the one between whether a band are too pop to be alternative, or just pop enough to be edgy and a bit avant garde. It’s a grey area which I myself loathe, as Hurts sit smack-bang on it, staring into the eyes of that demon woman Kylie Minogue and her horrifically catchy late ’90s, post-boyband pop.
So are Hurts acceptable and cool? Well, on the evidence of ‘Miracle’, it’s an unashamed yes. The introduction has a hint of Coldplay’s ‘Princess of China’, whilst the chorus drop and the video’s background dancing stinks of pre-breakup Take That.
And it’s just too catchy to be bad. Theo Hutchcraft is yearning for that ‘Miracle’ – “if you offer salvation, I will run into your arms / and deep in my heart you will find” – and with the synth-driven riffs this tune provides, that ‘Miracle’ is surely on its way, Theo.
All of this coolness, all of these hooks and their suits still look like they’ve just been freshly pressed, dry-cleaned and placed onto their bodies. Irresistible boys. Now which festivals will you be bringing that 7-foot tall opera singer too this year? He was a right giggle last time around!
‘Miracle’, the new single from Hurts’, will be out this Sunday, the 10th of March on Sony. ‘Exile’, their sophomore album and the follow-up to 2010′s ‘Happiness’, will follow a day later, on the 11th of March.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 4th February 2013 at 6:00 pm
Hurts have revealed the promo video for ‘Miracle’, the first full visual from their new album ‘Exile’ out the 11th of March on Sony. With costumed dancers that would probably fit more comfortably in the Thunderdome than anywhere else, the song is suitably bombastic. Does it sound like Coldplay like some YouTube comments read? Weigh in with your comment below.
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 9th January 2013 at 12:00 pm
Words by Edward Chapman
‘Miracle’ doesn’t mess about. The lead single off Hurts‘ eagerly-awaited second album, out in March, kicks right off with an instrumental chorus Coldplay would be proud of. But the LED wristband moment doesn’t last long before singer Theo Hutchcraft rolls in with a rich Englishy vocal so lovingly sad that takes matters in a different direction as we find him searching for a, yes, miracle amid the throes of a dying relationship.
He seems to do sorrow in his sleep, which is both a blessing and a curse, although he is clearly capable of searing anguish; think Bono singing ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’. Hurts say they took a while to find the sound they were apparently long searching for, and ‘Miracle’ is strewn with downbeat-optimistic lovelorn lyrics given gravitas by the heartfelt baritone delivery. Yes, we’ve heard similar words many times before, but if they ain’t broke… And it’s a pleasant surprise to hear echoing guitar later in the mix: it’s interesting and puts this single in a higher class. Why can’t an ostensibly synthpop duo use a guitar if it works?
If you like that late ‘70s into the mid ‘80s Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys electro sound, coupled with a distinct now-ness, this track will further whet appetites for those hungry for the new album, even if it doesn’t quite satisfy lyrically, not scaling any particularly interesting heights. It’s certainly catchy though and like everything on their first album (2010′s ‘Happiness’) very deftly produced with Jonas Quant again at the helm. Move quickly if you fancy seeing them live, dates for many gigs in the upcoming European tour – including London in February and Manchester in April – have sold out already; previously announced UK dates are listed here.
‘Miracle’, the new single from Manchester duo Hurts, will be released on the 10th of March on Major Label. Their second album ‘Exile’, the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s ‘Happiness’, will follow on the 11th of March.
They were voted the NME’s Best Performance at Glasto 2010 with their doom pop, they recorded with Kylie, and by bloody god, they are back with a bang.
Manchester’s Hurts burst onto the scene back in 2010 with their debut album, ‘Happiness’. Partners in crime Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson have been dormant for almost 2 years now, but on the 14th December 2012, they returned with a new song, ‘The Road’. It starts off with Theo quietly, almost with a whisper, muttering, “darling, what’s your name and can you hear me / tell me why you’re out so late alone/ the diamonds sparkle in your face / I hold you, the gravel glistens black and red below.
And then, kerblam! It hits you right in the face, Hurts have done a dubstep. Dear god.
What’s even more bizarre is that I kind of like it. But that may just be my attraction, to things that are epic and full of grandeur. There’s an explosion of sound and a catastrophe of bass. Ok, it does have a strange reminiscence of Muse‘s ‘Unsustainable’ and their insane dubstep robot.
But forget all that. The new track is huge.
Hurts are back.
March can’t come any sooner.
Hurts’ second album ‘Exile’ will be released on the 11th of March on Sony and will be available in standard and deluxe formats.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 11th December 2012 at 4:30 pm
It’s a tour…kinda sorta. Hurts have announced just three gigs for 2013 in the UK – one in February and two in April. (They’re touring more in mainland Europe, if you’re a massive fan and want to catch them in March instead.) A preale begins Thursday the 13th of December, and you’ll have to be on their official mailing list to get full details for that presale; the general sale will begin on Friday (the 14th of December). The London date in February is already sold out.
Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson’s follow-up to 2010′s ‘Happiness’ is purported to be out in spring 2013. Stay tuned.
Thursday 7th February 2013 – London Heaven (sold out)
Monday 1st April 2013 – Manchester Academy 2
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 – Glasgow Garage