THE HUBBARDS (from l-r): Joe Orlowski (drums), Ronan Burns (guitar), Reuben Driver (vocals/bass), Alex Green (guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Originally from Hull and now based in Leeds, four-piece The Hubbards have a lot of buzz around them at the moment.
They truly arrived on the scene last year with their acclaimed debut EP ‘Cold Cut’, which showcased the band’s sound, a mix of indie, grunge and pop, taken from a range of retro and contemporary influences.
It is no wonder then that they have been tipped for big things in the near future by the music press.
Having recently unveiled a new single, ‘Just Touch’, which builds on the momentum they generated with their first release, I decided to have a chat with the emerging quartet.
How did the band get together initially?
We were all mates at Catholic college. We couldn’t play football and we didn’t like praying, so we’d hang out in the music rooms teaching each other guitar.
How did the name The Hubbards come about?
We have a good friend called Joe Hubbard. He didn’t pick up guitar as quick, so he didn’t make the cut in the band. We named ourselves after him, made him manager, and he’s been with us ever since.
In your own words, how would you describe your sound?
What are the band’s musical influences?
Jeff Buckley, The Strokes, Kate Bush, and the Pixies.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
We play through little guitar licks and riff for days on end until it sounds a bit like a song. Then, Reuben will write some lyrics.
Last year, you released your debut EP, ‘Cold Cut’. How was the reaction to that?
It was great! It was the first time we recorded more than one song at once, so it was cool to have something physical and substantial enough to give out to people to say: “Hey, this is where we’re at and what we do”
The band have just released a new single, ‘Just Touch’. What can listeners expect from it?
Plenty of gigs, and maybe a couple of festivals.
And will your new single potentially lead to another EP, or maybe even an album?
We’re not sure yet. At the moment, we’re writing, but with no album in mind. It will probably be another EP. Everyone loves an EP.
The band are originally from Hull, which is this year’s UK City of Culture. Do you think that will be a boost to the city’s music scene at all?
Big time. We love Hull, it’s always home. The music scene’s always had it going on, but City of Culture is definitely helping propel Hull acts to bigger and better stuff. Viva la Hull!
How is it playing live and touring?
Live is what we do best. We’re never fully happy with a tune until it’s proved itself at a shit gig to four people. That’s how we know what to keep for the big ‘uns.
Touring can be tough; we’ve slept in cars and stayed in some real dives, but it’s the best way for us to get out there and meet new people.
Aside from the single, what else do you have planned for the near future?
What is the band’s long-term aim?
‘JUST TOUCH’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM THE HUBBARDS, IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH ALL PLATFORMS.