Success is very much for the taking for the Hull four-piece, The Hubbards, with their unique and creative sound. It bridges the gap between polished pop and grungey indie-rock, drawing fans from all over. The band is made up of Reuben Driver (vocals and bass), Alex Green (guitar and vocals), Ronan Burns (guitar), and Joe Orlowski (drums). Since forming, their tracks have received continued support from Radio One and 6Music and even featured on Made in Chelsea. They have supported bands such as Foals and The 1975 and performed at Radio One’s Big Weekend and Great Escape festival. Their latest single ‘That’s Not Right’ is catchy and laid-back. It highlights Driver’s passionate vocals and encapsulates the band’s simultaneously classic and modern style. Here they took the time to answer some questions…
Where did your band name come from?
When we were all like 16 we thought it’d be cool to be in a band. We had one mate called Joe Hubbard who really wanted to be a part of it but he was awful at guitar. So we made him manager and named ourselves after him. He’s still our manager and he’s still awful at guitar.
How did you come together as a band? And why does the band click together?
We were all mates in a sports college in Hull but none of us were any good at sports so we started a band. We weren’t any good at music either, but it gave us something to talk about.
Are you from musical backgrounds?
Alex played flute in a school concert once and my mam sings in a choir. We worked most of it out from there. Alex taught me ‘Wild Thing’ on guitar when we were 15. I’ve never really thanked him for that.
What does each band member bring to the songwriting process?
Everyone writes their own part. We’ve got a pretty diplomatic style of song writing. Everyone brings their individual part to the table and then we work and work on it until we’ve got something.
Do you have a favourite song to perform live? And why?
My personal favourite is always the most recent song we’ve written because it’s fresh and exciting. You never know who’s gonna mess up!
You have played numerous venues around the UK, which has been your favourite?
Favourite venue is a tough one. Some of the best gigs we’ve played have been in tiny rooms converted for one off gigs. We played an acoustic show in London in an art gallery which sounds pretentious when you say it out loud but it was really lovely. In terms of proper venues, Brudenell Games Room in Leeds and Deaf Institute in Manchester are unrivalled for sound.
Do you have a standout show or festival that you’ve played?
Home town shows are always pretty special for us. Our most recent at Thieving Harry’s Place in Hull sold out in a day! We set up on the floor level so it was super intimate.
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
Adele because it would pay off all of our student debts. If we were to decide based on the quality then I’d give a nut for Frank Ocean.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
We’ve all been pretty heavy into Cocteau Twins recently.
What song would you never get bored of listening?
I’ve probably listened to Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel everyday for the last 4 years
What are you currently working on and do you have any upcoming shows?
We’ve got British Sound Project (alongside Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs etc), Tramlines Festival and the huge Hull Show at the new arena in Hull and we’re the first band to ever headline it!
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by Eveline Vouillemin