When Hurts took the stage at the Chiba leg of 2010’s Summer Sonic for their first ever Japan show, they surely could not have predicted the reception that awaited them. With their debut album still under wraps and nary a note yet released in Japan, this fast-rising British duo somehow wrangled a large audience for their Saturday afternoon set (and again at the next day’s Osaka leg) — and then proceeded to leave them slack jawed.

Drawing on the rich musical tradition of their hometown, Manchester (think The Smiths, Joy Division and The Fall), but also on the pop reverence of the decade of their birth (the 1980s, and specifically Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Crowded House), Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson craft warm, densely layered songs in autumnal hues.

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