Hailing from Manchester, Hurts are a synthesizer-based duo featuring vocalist Theo Hutchcraft and keyboardist/guitarist Adam Anderson. Known for their arty and striking self-produced videos, Hurts make epic, dramatic pop music that takes inspiration from a finely curated mix of influences including '70s Krautrock, '80s new wave, and '90s R&B. After meeting in 2005, Hutchcraft and Anderson formed several bands including Bureau and Daggers, the latter of which signed to Label Fandango in 2007. With their high-energy electro-pop sound, Daggers released the single "Money/Magazine." However, Hutchcraft and Anderson grew increasingly unhappy with the direction the band was taking and after a particularly disastrous A&R showcase performance in London, they decided to disband Daggers. Holing up in a basement studio, with the duo now going by the name Hurts, they began focusing on a more streamlined, moody, and emotional sound that traded Daggers' edgy pop confrontation for a sustained synth pop drama. Working via internet with Swedish producer Jonas Quant, Hurts recorded three initial songs, "Wonderful Life," "Evelyn," and "Unspoken." In June of 2009, Hurts' self-produced, stark, black-and-white video for the song "Wonderful Life" went viral, and by July they had signed with the RCA imprint Major Label. Throughout the rest of 2009 and 2010, the band's fan base grew even larger with the release of more songs posted to their MySpace page, as well as videos for "Blood, Tears & Gold" and "Better Than Love," and increasing radio play of "Wonderful Life."