British duo Hurts are known for their dramatic, synth-based pop that takes inspiration from a finely curated mix of influences including '70s Krautrock, '80s new wave, and '90s R&B. It was a stylish aesthetic they first showcased on their 2010 debut, Happiness. A breakthrough album, it landed at number four on the British charts, and number two in Austria, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland, helping to spark the group's passionate European fan base. Since then, they have continued to expand their sound, delving into grandiose orchestrations as on 2013's Exile and further embracing pop hooks as on 2017's Desire. After meeting in Manchester in 2005, vocalist Theo Hutchcraft and keyboardist/guitarist Adam Anderson formed several bands including Bureau and Daggers, the latter of which signed to Label Fandango in 2007. With their high-energy ...
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