Hourglvss make technicolour alt-pop tunes that will take up residence in your brain and refuse to leave.
Since bonding over a mutual taste in music, fashion and art, northern musicians Katie Benbow and Sophie Williams have released two stellar singles that have garnered support from Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X and more.
Tomorrow (Friday 6th December), the Brighton-based duo will bring their infectious live show to Hidden Herd Presents at The Finsbury, so we caught up with them to discuss all things Hourglvss ahead of the show.
How would you describe Hourglvss to a stranger?
“A fusion of pop, electronic soundscapes, intriguing melodies and lots of suits.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Roxy Music, St. Vincent, Bat For Lashes and David Bowie. All artists have their own vision musically and visually. They turn their shows into art installations. It’s not just about the music, it’s about the vision, which is what we are trying to achieve.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“We loved playing Isle of Wight Festival. It holds so many happy memories so being able to play it was just wonderful.”
You’re based in Brighton – what’s your local music scene like?
“Brighton is such a cool and quirky city to live in. Anything goes, so you often see lots of crazy creative things going on. There are great venues in Brighton that draw in the national touring bands big and small and Brighton has an eclectic cross section of bands that can usually slot in with whomever visits! We want to create a resurgence of interesting pop music in and amongst all the other bands.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“The Ninth Wave, Latenight Honeymoon and Another Sky – making pop in their own creative ways and all visually captivating.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Hourglvss?
“We recently did 2Q Festival in Lincoln and played with Honeymoan at The Hope & Ruin in Brighton. Next up, we are playing at The Finsbury in London on Friday – try and come along if you’re free! We’re also planning the video for our single ‘Dead Man’s Hand’, which we just released, and will be continually writing into the new year.”