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Hurts' debut, Better Than Love, is a 'pistol crack'

Hurts' Better Than Love

Enigmatic duo Hurts have shed some mystery by revealing what they call a "pistol crack" of a debut single.

Better Than Love is the first release by the duo, who have been called 'Tears For Fears, as shot by Anton Corbijn'.

The track has a lush video which singer Theo says was born out of "a love of ballet, Romania, Romanian girls and, most importantly, subtext."

He added that the beautifully shot film was "everything we ever dreamed of, and nothing like we expected."

Theo and bandmate Adam were previously in Manchester bands Bureau and Daggers, before hitting their stride with Hurts.

Hurts combine a great sound with a stylish and studied look

Theo says the pair chose Better Than Love - a song he explains is about "the temptations of aspiration" - as their debut as it "feels like a grand introduction."

Adding: "It's a golden, sturdy handshake. It's like the pistol crack on the starting blocks."

The band have been taking the headline slot on the 2010 NME Radar Tour, ahead of fellow Manchester hot prospects Everything Everything and the New York four piece Darwin Deez, and will be playing dates in the UK and Europe across the summer.

Hurts came fourth in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, behind singer songwriters Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds, and fellow Mancunians, Delphic.

Better Than Love is out on RCA on Mon 24 May.

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