We caught up with The Hubbards following the release of their new single ‘Just Touch’ to have a chat and get to know them a little better.
So who are the The Hubbards and how did you decide to start a band?
The Hubbards are (in order of self importance): Joe Orlowski, Alex Green, Reuben Driver, Rónan Burns.We’re a boy band. We’re not lads . We went to sports college and started a band cos we were shit at sport.
You have just released your new single ‘Just Touch’ which follows on from your debut EP ‘Cold Cut. ‘Just Touch’ maintains the hazy laid back effortless cool vibe as the EP with a bit more punch and vibrancy, where did the beginnings of this track come to life and what was the process of making it?
The song took ages to develop, actually. Joe had a really simple guitar lick going round his head. We’d play it round and round trying to add more parts. We ended up embracing the simplicity of it which we hope gives it the cool laid back sound. I wish it was effortless.
It’s an insanely catchy track really well formed and crafted, simple witty and instantly likable did you know you had something special when you wrote this track?
We’re pretty hard on ourselves and full of self doubt so it took a few listens out of the studio to admit to each other that we were happy with it. It definitely keeps us productive not getting caught up in whether or not the last track was a banger.
Tell us a bit about making the video for ‘Just Touch’?
It was a truly awful experience. It all sounded so simple when we planned it out after a night out. We were all knackered on the day and found out the houses we wanted to use were like million miles apart. Alex fell over and Rónan had an asthma attack. It took 7 or 8 run throughs and we just had to settle on the last due to sheer exhaustion.
Your tracks are all bright catchy animated tunes with of course lots of fuzz and summer vibes is this a sound you tried to create or does it come organically?
That’s news to us. But great. Maybe it’s a byproduct of us all liking different things, some which is happy clappy Shit. We’re not exactly warm fuzzy people
What’s a live show with The Hubbards like?
You’d have to come and find out for yourself. If you enjoy it half as much as we do you won’t be needing that second white wine spritzer
Do you have a favourite song to perform live if so why?
The last one we’ve written always has an exciting energy to it. But ‘just touch’ in particular really gets us going. It’s great to play songs that people haven’t heard before and seeing them trying to sing along by the end of it
Have you had any bizarre experiences while on tour or on stage?
Last year whilst touring we stayed in what we thought was a B&B in Uxbridge but it turned out to be a hostel for rough men working on roads or something. Anyway we only had one 2 beds and 1 towel between 5 of us. On the plus side Uxbridge was sick and we all got to know each other a little bit better.
You have supported the likes of Augustines and The Pigeon Detectives have you learnt any valuable pointers from any of the acts you have supported?
It’s nice to be around people that are doing what we wanna do and are still good craic. We try do our own thing when we write and when we’re on stage. If it feels good that’s good enough for us
What’s the best advise you have been given?
“Put something on the end of it” Jeremy Kyle
Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start a band?
See above. But really, just write as much as you can. Throw enough Shit something’ll stick
Do you guys have any plans to come to Ireland for a gig?
Mate we’d love to come to Ireland. Hook us up we’ll be straight on that ferry
What next for The Hubbards can we look forward to some more great tunes?
We’re writing right now and we’ll straight back into the studio when we’ve finished touring. Can’t wait.
In the meantime, get familiar with us, you can download and stream “Just Touch.” Find us on Facebook
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