Hurts at Glastonbury: ‘We need to get depressed before we can write new songs’

Duo reveal they'll have to be miserable to write their second album

Hurts have arrived at the Glastonbury festival site today (June 26) – but have shunned produce from Worthy Farm, which is a dairy farm when the festival isn’t taking place.

Talking to NME before their evening show on the John Peel Stage, singer Theo Hutchcraft explained that he wouldn’t want to eat food from the farm because of the “human shit” factor.

“Basically, this whole site is grazing ground for the rest of the year, and I’ve decided not to buy any food that comes from this farm,” he said. “Think about it, the cows are going to be eating grass that’s growing in human shit. I’ve thought about this long-term and my advice is: enjoy the festival, don’t eat food that comes from the farm.”

The band also discussed the follow-up to their 2010 debut album ‘Happiness’, with synth man Adam Anderson saying that “a healthy zero percent” of it had been written.

“It was so intense writing the first album that it’s nice for us just to relax go out and play the songs,” added Hutchcraft. “Starting the new one, we’ve got to get our heads around where it’s gonna go and what it’s gonna be, but it’ll be fine. Come the end of the year, I expect we’ll be well on our way.”

He added: “Plus, we’ve got to get depressed again [to write]! And that doesn’t really happen when you go around playing festivals. We have to engineer some sort of catastrophe to make us feel miserable again. We’re trying to work it out at the moment, actually. Some sort of accident, maybe.”

HurtsGlastonbury show included a dramatic rendition of ‘Evelyn’ which saw keys man Adam pick up an electric guitar and Theo smash his microphone stand onto the floor on numerous occasions, to whoops from the crowd.

Hurts played:

‘Silver Lining’
‘Wonderful Life’
‘Happiness’
‘Blood, Tears & Gold’
‘Evelyn’
‘Sunday’
‘Verona’
‘Devotion’
‘Confide in Me’
‘Illuminated’
‘Stay’
‘Better Than Love’

NME.COM is coming live from Glastonbury 2011 this weekend – stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals/glastonbury for news reports, reviews and photos from Worthy Farm. Then head back from Monday for backstage video interviews.