Hunger releases "Love anthem" - new single 'Bubbles'

By Alex Brown - 8.11.17

Hailing from the idyllic suburbs of Vienna, Austria, alternative Pop rock band HUNGER have announced the release of their single ‘Bubbles’ taken from their upcoming EP Amused.

Although reminiscent of Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, The 1975, The Neighbourhood, and 30 Seconds To Mars, HUNGER embody their own sound, with powerful beats, elegant melody, and Fendrich’s impassioned vocal work. ‘Bubbles’ sees the band exploring a softer side. Ardent vocals hover over the track like a phantom, coloured by a melodic blend of alt-rock and synth-pop.

“‘Bubbles' is our love anthem about the thin red line in between pain and pleasure” says the band.

Produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Kids in Glass House) the release has seen the trio garner substantial support from tastemakers Clash Magazine, Earmilk, Red Bull and Indie Shuffle. The band has amassed over five hundred thousand views on Youtube as well as heavy rotation on Austria’s Hitradio Ö3, the New Music Friday Playlist on Spotify, and the Global Viral 50 Chart. The sound of HUNGER has laid claim to Viennese Fashion Week,  and featured as the soundtrack to Netflix’s '13 Reasons Why’ as well as a commercial spot on Austrian showcase festival Waves Vienna.  Their extensive touring schedule has seen them perform at a string of festivals, including Out Of The Woods Festival with the likes of  Alt-J, Phoenix, Feist, Sohn, Milky Chance, and The Strumbellas.

Friends since childhood, Daniel Rumpel, Johannes Herbst and Lucas Fendrich first formed HUNGER in 2014. The intention was to create a truly dark and cinematic sound, with standard song structures and melodies disregarded in favor of the tone and evocation of the music. Once they’d developed a batch of demos, the three musicians headed to the outskirts of Vienna, built up a studio in a borrowed apartment, and brought their new songs to life. “The house was very old and near to the forest, with these traditional Austrian countryside vibes,” says Rumpel. “During our time there we tried to disconnect from our routine and focus on the music, and the atmosphere really helped us create the mood of the record.”

Perspectives shifted as soon as the band went into studio with British producer Dan Weller. The trio couldn’t deny their band roots and ended up with a vast, dark, retentive sound – and the formation of HUNGER.  When it came time to choose a name for their project, the trio landed on a viscerally evocative word with endless possibilities for interpretation. “‘Hunger’ is such a strong word that can be applied to so many things and really represents how we feel about music,” says Rumpel. And when compounded with their album title, the name ultimately serves as a statement of purpose. “Nowadays everybody’s hungry for more, everybody’s searching for something new—so hunger is usually thought of as a negative,” says Fendrich. “We wanted to twist that and turn it into a good feeling. Because if you’re hungry for love, then that can actually be something very positive and beautiful.”

Forfeiting a touring schedule in favour of time to introspect and create, the band have once again receded into the studio to work on on their next album, due this fall.

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