Introducing... The Heartbreaks

Claiming The Heartbreaks as the next installment in our introducing series could be considered to be a bit of a cheat; after all, Manchester Evening News would argue they spotted them almost a year ago when they proclaimed them to be the Best New Band Of 2009. Still, we like to be playing catch-up rather than not playing at all and with a support slot with Carl Barat now under their belts, the band could well be set for a big 2011.

Now based in Manchester having grown up in Morecambe, The Heartbreaks released their debut single 'Liar, My Dear' back in March and it showcased the retro feel to their brand of indie rock/pop tinged with a bit of soul. Their output has been compared to The Smiths especially in the quintessentially English edge to their lyrics, but you can make your own mind up about them by listening to their debut single, as well as recent track 'I Didn't Think It Would Hurt To Think Of You', below:

The Heartbreaks - Liar, My Dear

The Heartbreaks - I Didn't Think It Would Hurt To Think Of You

With the band working on their debut album, we caught up with singer Matthew Whitehouse and drummer Joseph Kondras to find out just how important a music GCSE is to a successful music career...

What's your earliest musical memory?
Matthew: Listening to Jackie De Shannon's 'Put A Little Love In Your Heart' in the car. It was on the Bay Radio (96.9) in Morecambe - "Sixties, Sevenites, Eighties and Nineties - Everyday on The Bay".

If you could hold a recording session with any artists, who would you choose?
Matthew: Joseph Kondras, Ryan Wallace, Christopher Deakin [all members of The Heartbreaks] and Shadow Morton.

You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
Matthew: Wigan Casino personified. Divided by four.

You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three records do you take with you?
Matthew: Are we stranded or is this some sort of voluntary emmigration due to tax issues? 'Ode to Joy' by Beethoven, 'By The Sleepy Lagoon' by Eric Coates and 'Atlantic City' by Bruce Springsteen.

Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
Matthew: Joe failing his GCSE music performance exam by, instead of submitting sheet music, handing in a little note he'd written proclaiming you had to just "feel the funk".

What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
Joseph: My nineteenth birthday, watching Orphan Boy in the basement of The Piccadilly Gardens Hotel in Manchester. It was glorious chaos, most health and safety standards were well and truly broken; The Orphs played all the hits off their first album Shop Local and the crowd lifted Ryan on to the ceiling and stole his shoes and socks. They're the kind of nights I live for...

If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
Matthew: We can barely afford food, let alone gadgets. You can more often than not find us huddled around Deaks' mobile phone listening to Seal's 'Kiss From A Rose' and drinking Lambrini. Although that isn't embarassing.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Joseph: On a fishing boat in Fleetwood with my ukulele.
Matthew: Chasing Joe because he's stolen my fishing boat.

What's it been like touring with Carl Barat? Is he the biggest 'name' you've toured with?
Matthew: At a staggering twenty-six letters, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart is the biggest name we've played with. Carl is lovely. Witty, polite, charming. A gentleman.

What's next for The Heartbreaks?
Joseph: Probably a glass of Lambrini but after that we'll be meeting some producers, recording with said producers and getting an album out next year. God willing.

You can find out more about The Heartbreaks by visiting their My Space

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