Bristol/London based four piece, Hugsar, are due to release their first single ‘Cry’ on September 9th. The group have been swaying Bristol with their psychedelic math indie magic and wowing fans with their bittersweet lyrics and sunny pop feel. GIGsoup caught up with Tom, the bassist in the band, to ask about their writing, what it is like to be split between two cities and their upcoming launch…
‘Cry’, your new single is an intriguing blend of sunny indiepop backed with a kind of progressive math-y groove. How have Hugsar arrived at this sound?
HI! The Hugsar sound started from a collision of styles between me(Tom(bass) and Jo (singer/guitar) we had a creative burst one spring and summer time and wrote a lot of songs, i think the style reflects our different musical backgrounds, I am quite muso and interested in poly-rhythms and weird time signatures and patterns which can end up quite cold on its own, Jo has a much more raw and personal touch and a great sense of emotion and melody, when we realised we were on to an interesting thing we ran with it.When Matt(guitar) and Bean(drums) joined in, they added they cemented it all together with their tight grooves and classical influenced guitar and here we are!!
‘Cry’ seems to be quite a bitter song, couched in a sweet shell of pop- is this Hugsar’s general style? What content do you tend to write about, is it usually personal?
Yes, a lot of our songs have a bitter sweet element about them, grapefruits are sooo much more interesting than oranges. Lyrically ‘Cry’ started off as a list of personal pronouns and question words which ended up sounding like a love story. We all know how most love stories end. I’d say that its impossible to remove the personal from art even if you are trying to be impersonal.