With concerts next spring in ESTONIA, at Saku Suurhall on March 23, in LATVIA, at Arena Riga on March 25th and in LITHUANIA (venue TBA) the beloved British duo “Hurts” will return in the Baltics. The tour, which covers 17 countries and cities as diverse as London and Vladivostok, will be in support of the band’s latest album “Faith”.
Although the release of the album is scheduled for 4th of September, since May 15, when the fans were delighted by the first single ‘Voices’, it has been followed by 2 other compositions every month – ‘Suffer’ and ‘Redemption’, and just now the last one is released and it is called ‘Somebody’. Thus, the listeners can already have a clear idea of what can be expected from the band members previously expressed “going back to the roots”. There is no doubt that to already rich list of previous hits – Wonderful Life, Better Than Love, Stay, Sunday, Blood, Tears & Gold, Illuminated, Miracle, Somebody To Die For, Blind, Surrender, Some Kind Of Heaven, Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us, Wings, Rolling Stone, Wish, Beautiful Ones, Ready To Go – new ones will join.
In an interview with NME, the group’s soloist Teo Hutchcraft explains: “We wanted to get back to the essence of what we do and who we are. We had to fall in love with the type of music we originally set out to make. We have always been drawn in by the darker elements of pop music. It’s an odd time to release it, but it feels good because there’s a message in the song that is hopeful. It’s about having the power to change and deal with those things. Hopefully people can find that in it.”
And indeed, at a time when even the release of new songs has become less common, the whole album confirms both the band members creativity and faith in the positive and the desire to cheer up. Both the listeners and themselves.
The duo “Hurts” was founded in Manchester in 2009 by vocalist Theo Hutchcraft and multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson. The band’s calling card has become an elegant, slightly alienated style of dress, great melodies typical of the 80s rather than today, often a gloomy but intriguing textual mood, which is accentuated by vocals pierced with aches and despair. The importance of elegant videos, which are often characterized by surprising twists and turns, cannot be denied either.
“Hurts” gained recognition immediately with the debut album “Happiness” released in 2010. Six singles from just one disc topped the various European charts. The album gained Gold status in Great Britain and Austria, and Platinum – in Germany, reaching at least the top 10 in 12 European hit shows. Including the 2nd place in Latvia.
With the next albums, Exile (2013), Surrender (2015) and Desire (2017), the association continued to strengthen its position in the pop music Olymp.