Hailing from the idyllic suburbs of Vienna, Austria, alternative pop rock band, Hunger, are premiering their live video for ‘Bubbles’ here today. Although reminiscent of The 1975 and 30 Seconds To Mars, Hunger embody their own sound. With powerful beats and elegant melody, ‘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.
The single is taken from their upcoming EP, ‘Amused’, which has been produced by Dan Weller; the release has seen the trio garner substantial support.“‘Bubbles’ is our love anthem about the thin red line in between pain and pleasure”, they said.
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; one 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”, said 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. 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”, continued 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”, added 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”.