Exclusive Interview With Dream Pop Indie band, Hourglvss

Music / July 22, 2019
by Johanna Roelich

We were lucky enough to catch Hourglvss perform at Isle of Wight Festival in the This Feeling tent a couple of weeks ago, and we were completely blown away. They’ve got a way of mixing the most dreamiest soft vocals with addictive beats and a top level visual performance. You can’t help but lose yourself in the mesmerising sound and soulful lyrics. Sophie describes their style as “sassy, honest and vibrant” – couldn’t have put it better myself!

We caught up with the band to get to know their interesting background and find out what’s on the cards for the rest of 2019.

Can you introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about how you came together as a band?

Hello! We are Hourglvss from Brighton, however we are both extremely Northern. We met through a love of music and fashion, and I (Sophie) met Katie through her online vintage store Vintage Hearts UK. I had bought a few pieces from her and all of a sudden we started chatting about fashion and music, and realised we were both interested in exactly the same things. After weeks of chatting online, we decided to meet up and have a jam and we instantly connected. We started writing music together and ended up writing and finding our sound for about 2 years. We only recently just got a band together, so it’s the most amazing thing to see all of the songs and all of our hard work over the years being brought to life. 

Describe your music style in 3 words

– Sassy

– Honest

– Vibrant

Who have been your biggest influencers and have these influencers changed at all the more you’ve developed as a band? 

We are influenced by SO many people it’s hard to know where to start. We would have to say artists such Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, Roxy Music, Depeche Mode, Bjork, Kate Bush, The Velvet Underground have all been major inspirations and influences when it comes to our writing styles, our performance styles and our visual style. We love anything wacky and outrageous but ultimately super cool. 

Do you remember the first track you listened to on repeat and did this have an influence on your sound?

Yes! We were at a party once and we both queued the same song. It was ‘Eyes on Fire’ by Blue Foundation. The song is just so sultry and sexy and has the gritty edge that we want to incorporate into our music, as ultimately we are a pop band but aim to have that extra bit of edge, oomph and cool.

We saw you guys at Isle of Wight Festival and you were incredible! You’re performing the Allotment Stage with This Feeling at Y Not festival next weekend – which we can’t wait for! For anyone who’s yet to hear your sound, tell them why they should head over to catch your performance and what they can expect from you?

Thank you! Yes we are so excited and it’s up North so we are expecting our Northern buddies to come along too! 

If you want to see fabulous vintage pieces being danced around in on stage, (normally all sourced from Katie’s shop Vintage Hearts) then you should definitely come. You should also definitely come to see us as we are super fun and are doing bits for pop music to make it cool again! 

What are you most looking forward to at Y Not and who are you excited to see?

We are excited to catch our Brighton buddies Creeping Jean who we will be supporting the day after we play at what is looking like a sold out show in our digs Brighton at the Haunt. 

We’re also excited to catch Happy Mondays, The Big Moon, Black Honey and Ninth Wave.

You’ve had involvement with This Feeling for a while now, can you tell us a little bit about your relationship and how they’ve helped and motivated you through your journey?

Yes, This Feeling have been so good to us during our time as a live band! We actually got involved with them through Sophie, who worked for them as a journalist at Isle of Wight Festival 2018. After meeting the staff and interviewing all the bands, we just approached them and let them know that we were ready to start gigging. They offered us a show in Brighton with the beautiful boys of Latenight Honeymoon, who we’ve since made really good friends with and since then have been asked back to play show and festivals with This Feeling. We are so grateful to everyone at This Feeling for believing in us and giving us the opportunities we are getting! With each show they offer us we are growing and learning so much as a band, it’s wonderful!

Are there any new bands that you’re listening to that really stand out to you at the minute? 

Yes, The Ninth Wave and Latenight Honeymoon are on repeat at the minute!

What has been your favourite gig so far as performers?

We would definitely have to say Isle of Wight Festival 2019. The stage was packed and literally everyone was dancing and having the best time and so many people came up to us afterwards to say how much they loved and enjoyed it. It was so overwhelming to hear that, as we have worked so hard as a band up until this point, and having people really appreciate what you do just makes you want to strive to be the best and work even harder!

What advice would you give someone looking into starting a band? 

Make sure you’re doing it with people you love. There is nothing more gratifying than playing a show with your best mates – coming off stage and just all being together and knowing that you’re creating something really special and beautiful.

To end on, what’s next for Hourglvss?

We’re currently working on our next single to follow on from ‘Johnny’ which has already had plays on BBC Radio 1 with Jack Saunders. We are planning a music video to go along with it and hoping to be ready for release at the end of September. We also have a few exciting announcements to reveal in the coming weeks and months, so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open!

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