The avant-garde pop duo Hurts return with ‘Faith’ – their first album in three years and home to some of their most visceral, personal songwriting of the band’s career.
Eschewing the “outrospection” of their previous two albums, Faith delivers on the dark introspection of the band’s early work: the rawness of Exile (2013) and the fully-formed sincerity of their debut, Happiness (2010). The result is powerful and tangible, spotlighting a number of facets of their sound; the electronic euphoria of “Suffer”, the dramatic stomp of “Voices”, the cinematic build of “Redemption” , the stadium-sized sounds of “Somebody”. A result of some of the most honest and direct sessions the group have ever had, ‘Faith’ finds Hurts pushing themselves further both personally and musically to skew pop music and elevate their craft to new levels.
“If you’d have told me when we started it, how coherent, powerful, and authentic it is, many months later, I probably wouldn’t have believed you,” multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson says. “At one stage, I thought we had no chance.”
‘Faith’ is an album born out of crisis. While Anderson has written about his battles with mental illness in the past, sharing his experiences of anxiety and depression in an open letter in 2017, early sessions for the album were punctuated by vocalist Theo Hutchcraft’s own experience of demons that left him unsure as to whether or not the band would continue.
“I was physically and mentally absolutely exhausted,” he says, of the period following the band’s last tour in 2018. “To the point where I was at breaking point. I had to stop and not do anything for a while because I couldn’t think, I couldn’t focus, or anything. And I didn’t know what the future held really. I didn’t know if we’d make another album again.”
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Formed in Manchester, Hurts are a band known for a diverse, contemporary sound that references a multitude of mediums. The duo, comprised of Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson, have made their mark globally, winning multiple awards and selling millions of records without ever compromising their need to innovate. Today, that innovation is as apparent as ever as they release ‘Faith’; their most complete album in a decade – a record of truth, honesty and authenticity.
To celebrate the release of ‘Faith’, Hurts will return to their spiritual home – the live stage – for the ‘Faith’ World Tour next year. Taking place across 17 countries and three months, the tour starts on February 11th 2021 in Azerbaijan before stopping in Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, culminating in a special homecoming show in Manchester on 16th April. Tickets are on sale now.
SHOWS IN THE BALTICS
ESTONIA, at Saku Suurhall on March 23rd – TICKETS;
LATVIA, at Arena Riga on March 25th – TICKETS;
LITHUANIA, at Kaunas Žalgiris arena on March 26th – TICKETS;