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We’ve been hard at work since our last release/EP Dirty Gems.
Now we’re back with bigger + better material. We have been writing new songs (14) since July 2012! Currently finishing ‘bells & whistles. Then onto Mixing + Mastering.
This album will be The Hugs Third Full Length Studio LP. We began recording in March of this year and plan to finish tracking this month. For now listen to a special b-side titled “Room”
We’re very excited to unleash all these new songs to the world! Tracklisting, music-videos, release details coming soon.
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Hey! We perform with The View from Scotland in Portland Saturday, March 2nd! Even president Barack Obama is excited. We love The View!
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Our New music video for our song “Reykjavik” is officially released today! Directed By Sean Allen. Hope you all enjoy this! More to come soon! Thank you for watching, spread the music video far and wide! Watch now below…
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[JANGLE GARAGE] “I love the Hugs…They’re kind of like the Libertines but are taking it all from their own direction,” claimed Libertine Carl Barât in a 2007 NME interview. Elements of the garage revival play big parts in both bands’ sounds. But if the Hugs and the Libertines are in the same garage, the Libertines are rebuilding a transmission while the Hugs practice their harmonies in a corner, glass jars of screws keeping time. And oh, what harmonies. The vocals, especially on 2012’s Dirty Gems EP, sound a lot closer to the psych-folk aural rainbows of the Byrds than any garage rockers we know. The reversed guitars only distance them from any garage comparisons. The Hugs became a Portland staple when they were signed to Columbia while students at Cleveland High School, and if anything they’re more legendary now that they’re independent. ”
- MITCH LILLIE
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Hey! We’re recording new songs for our newest album here in Portland, Oregon. We’ve started work on the drums and they are being meddled with for superior rock n’ roll Hugs tones.
Lyrics are finished! Thirteen new songs are written & soon the wonderful tracking begins. These songs are way cool. More updates soon!
+ Here is a new acoustic demo titled “Room” for your listening pleasure. + Our super cool new music video for “Reykjavik” is coming soon to be released February 20th, 2013! Stay tuned! Check out our YouTube Page in the meantime!
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The Hugs play Valentines (232 SW Ankeny St) Sunday, January 27th. C-h-e-c-k their site! http://www.valentinespdx.com/
This will be our last show for awhile! Then we go record our next wonderful album! We’re excited because some brand new songs will be performed on this night in time. See you ladies and dudes then!
+ Go listen/purchase our latest EP “Dirty Gems”
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“Rontoms might be the fanciest garage a band could possibly play in, which is fitting because one of the most popular garage pop-rock bands in Portland, The Hugs, will be playing their weekly free show this Sunday. The Hugs have been around since 2007 and have gained popularity and high praise since. Their sound is grounded in early century garage sound but adds very clean vocals and specific spacy guitar effects to bring their music to the forefront of today’s scene. They bring a ton of energy and mix it with psychedelic undertones to keep the listener interested and in a good mood. Add in a steady rhythm section and you’ve got the perfect formula for great beer drinking music.”
– Colin Hudson
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“Young as they might be in age, The Hugs have seen some ups and downs in their days. Led by the only constant, Danny Delegato, since 2007, the Portland-based garage pop rock band has seen members come and go over the years. Their early days saw them signed to Columbia UK/1965 Records in London and touring Europe, England and the States, opening for bands like The Kooks, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dandy Warhols, The Walkmen, and The Cribs—many of which the group has been compared to.
Releasing records in 2007 and 2009, Delegato says those “first two LPs were heavy, power-pop type songs—wearing our age on our sleeve. Time changes things and I think I’ve learned a lot.”
The original band quit after the label dropped the band. Delegato stuck with it, just like he always has since forming The Hugs as a 17 year old in high school.
“It’s been a long ride so far,” Delegato says. ”I decided to do this band no matter what happens. Most people would have just given up. But why would I end or break up The Hugs?”
The latest album, Dirty Gems, came out this past summer, featuring a new lineup—Delegato (lead vocals, guitar), Patrick Wilcox (guitar, vocals), Mitch Wilson (drums), Davey Appaloosa (bass)—and sound. Click link below for more…
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Hey! The super cool clothing designer named Zachary Prell featured our song (from our second LP “Again And Again”) titled “Ego’s” on their fall/winter ad.