GB Belfast – Rock / Indiepop / Rock / Indie


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Label / Release Type Year
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Scratch My Progress Volume 3 EP 2014
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder 'Where To Start' EP 2013
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Kaleidoscope Single 2013
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Pictures Single 2012
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Paper Soldiers Single 2012
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Belfast based indie pop 4 piece Hurdles have been creating slick guitar driven synth laced pop in the vein of Phoenix & Bombay Bicycle Club since November 2012.

Hailing 3/4 from Northern Ireland (Niall Hanna, Eoin Bleeks and Thomas Bannon) and 1/4 from Bedford, England (Ross Haymes) they were brought together over a love of danceable indie, drawing on frontman Hanna's Irish trad background and tunings to give their music a truly unique sound.

Their music has been heard by millions thanks to the likes of BBC Radio 1 Introducing, 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line all championing their music.

‘Dusk & Dawn’ is the band's second 4 track EP following on from their debut ‘Where To Start' in October 2013. Featuring former single ‘France’ voted best NI track of 2014 by, ‘Dusk & Dawn’ sees the band pushing themselves in every element of their music. From the upbeat indie pop opener ‘Closer’ to the funk drenched ‘Wake’ the band locked themselves away writing the most comprehensive tracks to date. Lead single ‘Dusk & Dawn’ showcases Hurdles ability to effortlessly combine addictive guitar riffs with smooth synth pop to a high polished degree.

Dusk & Dawn was recorded at Start Together Studios in Belfast and features the following tracks

Dusk & Dawn

Niall Hanna - Vocals & Guitar
Thomas Bannon - Guitar
Eoin Bleeks - Bass & Synth
Ross Haymes - Drums

Press Quotes:

'Hurdles' strengths lie in their intuitive command of what they do best: impressively executed, confidently delivered, increasingly compelling guitar pop' (BBC Across The Line)

'Hurdles represent the freshest brand of indie pop available' (Chordblossom)

‘Control’, the lead single from the EP, perfectly showcases their growth and passion for heightened live impact, as well as comprising nods to influences Phoenix and The Strokes.' (The Unsigned Guide)

'They wear their influences proudly, careering off on clear guitar lines and catchy rhythms, knowing there are few musical pleasures than pure indie pop done well.' (Harmless Noise)

'If Hurdles can maintain the standard set here on their next release, then it’s not a question of if but when they make it big.' (Golden Plec)

Links: (Website / Merch)