Hurts have already made a big impact in Europe with their remarkable sound. With a hit single ‘Wonderful Life’ and an amazing debut album called ‘Happiness’, the band is becoming well known all over the globe rapidly. They seem set to become a major force in pop music. The duo is currently embarking on their world tour. I got the chance to sit down and speak with lead singer Theo Hutchcraft and band mate Adam Anderson at Marina Bay Sands' Fuse Bar before their first live concert at Esplanade.
The synthpop duo recalled playing at Coachella festival, calling it “amazing” and meeting Brandon Flowers from The Killers who paid a visit to them during their show. Talking about their trip in Japan, they hanged out with Jay-Z in a karaoke bar telling him jokes about being unemployed back in England before they started out as a band.
With the band name Hurts and the album titled Happiness, one wonders about the irony of it and they explained about starting out the album as being very unhappy, poor and depressed. The journey of making the album was about pursuing happiness, hence Hurts was where they began and Happiness is where they ended up.
Being unemployed for four years while writing music and starting out as Hurts, they almost gave up music at one point. Asked if they could see themselves not being in the music industry, they laughed and said they literally could not imagine doing anything if they were not doing music today.
On their collaboration with Kylie Minogue, they were sitting at home writing their last song Devotion for the album and decided to write a letter to Kylie asking if she was interested to record the song with them. It was either Kylie or no one else. But why Kylie? They answered by calling Kylie “an institution in our country” and “a great talent” - I couldn't agree less!
When asked if they would like to collaborate with Justin Bieber, they brushed it off by saying that they were hanging out with Justin during his brief stopover in Singapore as they were staying in the same hotel. I hope the other journalists didn't hear me but I heaved a sigh of relief - collaboration with the teen sensation isn't a good idea!
Hurts' debut album Happiness is available at all good record stores now.