Leah Hamer || April 13th
The Hubbards have already proven to be an on-trend band by engaging in that pop-grunge fashion which is so vividly circulating in both the underground and chart scene, as championed by the likes of JAWS, Blossoms and Darlia. With mammoth support slots with bands like The Pigeon Detectives and Augustines, it is no wonder that they’re being closely watched by BBC Radio 1 and 6Music.
After the success of their debut EP, Cold Cut, The Hubbards return with their new single Just Touch, released through Scruff of the Neck Records.
An opening riff with a sprinkling of similarity to Interpol’s Slow Hands, kicks off the track before the hazy, distinct vocals of Reuben Driver merge in. A memorable, spacey hook intrudes- I just wanna say, I don’t like your boyfriend, and its later varied repetition is just as charming- I just wanna say, I don’t like your girlfriend.
An upbeat chorus is revealed with a building set of crashing drums and the screeching collision of distorted guitars, all surrounding the intoxicating vocals, before the verse pattern re-emerges. In a mirroring effect, the track ends with the same riff and effects before its sharp descent into silence.
The accompanying video is a one-take rolling piece of action, following Reuben’s path inside and out of a half-painted, student house, matching the see-sawing melody of the track with every camera angle.
You can catch The Hubbards live on April 21st at Rocking Chair, Sheffield or April 28th at Old Blue Last, London.
Just Touch is out now.