Willow Shields
Willow Shields

Music photographer and journalist based in South London.

Hutch are a Brighton based quartet who are the latest band in possession of my heart. Having formed over lockdown, they’ve had months to practice, write and perfect their sound. And perfect it is. I managed to catch their first ever live performance at The Hope and Ruin in Brighton and they did not disappoint. The recent boom in vintage-core revival has birthed bands like Honeymoon, Fur and The Magic Gang. Hutch are teetering on the cusp of that genre, but there’s something different about them that sets them apart from the rest. It’s like they’ve taken every single good thing about music and combined it into one band and afew (not yet released) songs. There’s nothing pretentious or over the top about Hutch, they’re just four guys, playing good music, to good people. 

The Hope and Ruin was the perfect setting for Hutch’s debut onto the scene. A huge golden disco ball hung at the side of the stage reflecting speckles of light onto the band as they started their first song. With none of their songs being out in the world, the room fell silent with people purely enjoying and absorbing the newness of Hutch. Saying that, the band play like they’ve been performing as Hutch for years, the four effortlessly impressing a room filled with new faces. To say I was instantly taken aback by their sound would be an understatement, I had heard them likened to The Beatles by friends beforehand. And sure there was an element of The Beatles in them, the double vocalists, the beautiful harmonies but as I said before, there’s just something different about Hutch. After singing songs about their various ventures in life, sea worms and a radiator shop, they completed their set and everyone was left wanting to hear more from the band, at least I was. So, if you’re a fan of bands like Fur, Temples, or even The Beatles, there’s a chance you’ll fall in love with Hutch. Although none of their music is in immediate grasp, you can get your daily dose of Hutch at their socials (@hutch.band) and if you dig really deep, you can find a live session of their track ‘Radiator Centre’ at the link in their bio, or just at the bottom of this page.