English synth-pop duo bring 'Desire' to Shanghai

Highly rated synth-pop duo Hurts are bringing their inimitable sound to the Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall as part of their Desire World Tour.

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Highly rated synth-pop duo Hurts are bringing their inimitable sound to the Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall as part of the Desire World Tour.

The British band, formed in 2009, consists of singer Theo Hutchcraft and multi-talented musician Adam Anderson, who alternates between synthesizer, guitars, drums and keyboards. 

The duo met outside a bar in Manchester in 2005 and found they shared similar tastes in music and decided to put a band together. They formed Bureau in 2006, which morphed into Daggers a year later before settling on Hurts in 2009.

Hurts’ breakthrough single, “Wonderful Life,” from their debut album “Happiness,” features a man who is about to commit suicide but is prevented by a woman called Susie. The inevitable happens and the couple fall in love soon after.

The promotional music video for the song has had over 38 million views on YouTube. Remarkably, they only spent 20 pounds (US$27.8) on the female dancer. The song allowed Hurts to grow their fan base, which has since gone from strength to strength.

The band has released four albums: “Happiness” (2010), “Exile” (2013), “Surrender” (2015) and their latest studio offering, “Desire.”

Described as “an album full of passion, pain and lust,” “Desire” chronicles the emotional personal experiences of the duo.

Depicted as “a celebration of individuality,” “Beautiful Ones” is the lead single from the latest album, followed by “Ready to Go” and “Chaperone.”

Elegant, retro and sober, the two cool guys are always dressed in delicately tailored suits with stylish haircuts. Their style, defined as New Romantic, evokes the Gothic elements of their music. 

Performance details

Date: January 31, 8pm

Tickets: 380 yuan

Tel: 6266-3199

Venue: BANDAI NAMCO Shanghai Base

Address: 179 Yichang Rd


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