[better than love]
Elegant and enigmatic Manchester, UK electro duo Hurts have their sharp suits, slick hair and stark visuals, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson present a striking contrast to the glow-in-the-dark pop stars. Looking like they would rather be on the cover of Vogue Hommes than NME or Smash Hits, the pair resemble Tears for Fears as shot by Anton Corbijn. Hurts have not yet played a gig or released a single. Before Hurts, singer Theo and synthesiser Adam were in (scruffier) bands Bureau and Daggers, the latter of which supported Gary Numan. But on a trip to Italy, they discovered “disco-lento” (slow disco), became fixed on a more austere and stylish European aesthetic and Hurts were born. Musically, they construct melancholic 1980s-inspired electro-pop with songs that they say are inspired by the British mentality of being “not too bad”.
(last.fm) I am not sure if I like them or not but I love the atmosphere and the colour tones of this video.