Birth of Hurts (2009)
Now called Hurts, the duo recorded an amateur music video for a song called “Wonderful Life“, with a female dancer who had responded to an advert in a shop window and was paid £20 for her time. After uploading the video to their YouTube channel on April 21, 2009, it quickly went viral, and in July, they were signed to RCA imprint Major Label, run by their old friend Biff Stannard. The video has since had over 21 million views on YouTube, putting it in the Top 200 Most Watched Videos in the history of the website.
Although Theo and Adam had decided to not to do any gigs until they had enough songs, they began to steadily build a fanbase throughout 2009 by uploading demos to their Myspace page, and on July 27, they were named Band of the Day by The Guardian. This helped to grow a buzz around the new band, and on December 7, it was announced that they had made the longlist of the Sound Of 2010, an annual poll of music critics and industry figures conducted by the BBC.
Following spot plays on BBC Radio 1 of “Wonderful Life”, Hurts were invited to record at London’s Maida Vale Studios on December 9 for Huw Stephens‘ radio show, where they performed “Illuminated” and “Silver Lining”.
& heres an interview that gives a small idea of the band’s history… or whatever