Hurts – Exile

DURING a time when the scene is obsessed with resurgence and nostalgia, it’s refreshing to see a new band successfully capturing the positive elements of the past and delivering them in a neat, 21st century-friendly format.

It has been almost three years since Hurts released their debut album and now the synthpop duo are back with Exile.

While the first record gently toyed with the charismatic, neon-80s electro sound, Exile has defined the beat perfectly in an ear-pleasing mixture of old and new.

Opening and title track Exile slowly leads you into the album in an uneasy, eerie manner, courtesy of Theo Hutchcraft’s chilling vocals. As the record progresses, however, you are more at ease when you realise the Manchester lads have come up with something brilliant.

Despite the 14 tracks on the deluxe version of the album, you’ll no-doubt be left wanting more...

Don’t miss Stillia...

Teenage sensations Stillia headline at Haydock Catholic club this Saturday. After performances in London, Liverpool and a tour of Ireland, the St Helens lads are back with four other local talents in support. They will perform their own tracks, which are drawing the attention of several record labels. For tickets to the gig, visit stilliaofficial.com.

You can also catch local outfit Titors Insignia on home-turf as they take to the Zoo Bar stage on Friday, March 22. For ticket information, visit the Titors Insignia’s Facebook page.


  • The Bordellos @ Java Bar, St Helens. Thurday, Mar 14
  • Stillia @ Haydock Catholic Club, St Helens. Saturday, Mar 16
  • Johnny Marr @ Academy, Liverpool. Wednesday, Mar 20