Hurts are English synthpop duo formed in 2009, consisting of synthesist Adam Anderson and singer Theo Hutchcraft. Known for their arty and striking self-produced videos, Hurts make epic, dramatic pop music that takes inspiration from a finely curated mix of influences including '70s Krautrock, '80s new wave, and '90s R&B.
After meeting in 2005, Hutchcraft and Anderson formed several bands including Bureau and Daggers, the latter of which signed to Label Fandango in 2007. After going by the name Hurts, they began focusing on a more streamlined, moody, and emotional sound that traded Daggers' edgy pop confrontation for a sustained synth pop drama.
Working via the Internet with Swedish producer Jonas Quant, Hurts recorded three initial songs, "Wonderful Life," "Evelyn," and "Unspoken." In June of 2009, Hurts' self-produced, stark black-and-white video for the song "Wonderful Life" went viral, and by July they had signed with the RCA imprint Major Label.
Throughout the rest of 2009 and 2010, the band's fan base grew even larger with the release of more songs posted to its MySpace page, as well as videos for "Blood, Tears & Gold" and "Better Than Love" and increasing radio play of "Wonderful Life."
In March of 2010, the single "Better Than Love" debuted at number 50 on the U.K. singles chart. Also around this time, as if to mark how popular the band had become, Hurts recorded the song "Devotion" with backing vocals from pop superstar Kylie Minogue.
Happiness In August of 2010, Hurts' debut full-length album, Happiness, debuted at number four on the U.K. albums chart, selling over 25,000 copies in its first week, making it the fastest-selling album by a band in the U.K. that year.
In December of 2012, in anticipation of their next album and in keeping with their tradition of releasing stylish, immaculately directed videos, Hurts released a long-form promotional video for the song "The Road," which itself was inspired by Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same name and J.G. Ballard's novel Crash.
Featuring production from Hutchcraft and Anderson, along with Quant and Dan Grech-Marguerat, Exile showcased a nuanced, somewhat more contemporary sound that incorporated more orchestral and rock instrumentation, yet retained all of Hurts' core new wave and Krautrock influences.
In 2015, Hurts delivered their third studio album, Surrender, which featured production from Quant as well as Stuart Price (Madonna, the Killers) and Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Vampire Weekend).
Hurts released their fourth album "Desire" in last September. Defined as a highly personal pop album by Hutchcraft, “Desire” deals with passion, pain and lust.