Hurts interview: Positivity is harder for us to express

After the slightly more darker and harder tone of 2013's Exile, synthpop duo Hurts are returning to a lighter, pop-driven soundscape for their next collection Surrender. Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson are leading the campaign with uplifting new single 'Some Kind Of Heaven'; a soaring anthem that nods back to their debut Happiness with its soft bells, surging strings and chanting refrain. Digital Spy caught up with the band to talk about their new approach to Surrender, regaining focus after Exile, and why music snobbery is the worst.

How long have you been sitting on Surrender for?Theo: Do you enjoy the breathing space or do you get restless sitting on new music?Adam: TheoSurrender sounds a lot lighter than Exile. Was that your intention?Adam

And it's a lot funkier than we've heard you before.Theo: Adam: "Theo: "AdamYour fans were uncertain about the harder sound of your last album Exile, so did that affect your approach to this music in any way?AdamTheo

Do you think pop music has an unfair reputation in general? That people assume it's the lowest common denominator when it's actually not?TheoWhich means getting the opportunity to do something different like 'Under Control' with Calvin Harris must be fun for you guys, right?

Can we just mention that you've worked with legendary producer Stuart Price for this album?Adam: It's interesting that you say you needed Stuart to bring you into focus. At what point during the last album did you feel like you'd lost it?AdamTheo

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