"Love You To Death" (Out April 12th, 2019) demonstrates that The Hugs have spent the last decade-plus career honing their already significant talents as pop songwriters. Weighing in at a trim nine tracks, the album shows the band at the height of its powers, demanding comparisons to guitar-pop masters such as Weezer and Wavves.
Album opener “Mile High Lady” lays a disco beat beneath a rowdy paeon to the title character; lead-off singles “Love You to Death” and “Fool” propel Delegato’s titanic hooks atop thick waves of fuzz. Love You To Death’s lyrics stick close to the perennial Hugs themes of love and substance abuse, this time pairing these stories with suitably masterful production.The album finds nary a guitar lick out of place, nor suffers an instant of waning momentum.
Since its inception, the Hugs’ songwriting instincts have set it apart from even its most ambitious contemporaries. In Love You To Death, the band exercises a precise focus on this strength. Not a single one of Love You To Death’s nine tracks passes without investing the listener with an inescapable earworm. Mixing from Sonny Dipperi, whose credits include M83, Trent Reznor, and 30 Seconds to Mars, makes the proceedings sound appropriately colossal.
Though it’s arriving well behind the group’s initial storm of hype, Love You To Death provides what the Hugs long ago promised to deliver — a near-perfect pop record."
- Shane Danaher
released April 12, 2019
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 mixed by Sonny Diperri
Tracks 4. 5, 8, 9 mixed by Brandon Eggleston
Engineered by Brandon Eggleston
Recorded @ The Odditorium (NW Portland)
Produced + Written by The Hugs
Lyrics written By Danny Delegato ("Starcrossed" By Kauri Voss + Danny D.)
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering (www.saffmastering.com
Danny Delegato - Lead vocals, guitars
Kauri Voss - Bass, vocals
Keagan O'Brien - Drums
Jack Burgess - Lead guitar, vocals
Featuring guest musicians:
Ross Charland - Synths, piano