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The Heartbreaks

We May Yet Stand A Chance

    'Emerging less than quietly in 2012, The Heartbreaks caused a stir from the shores of Morecambe to the bright lights of London and hustle and bustle of Japan with their debut album ‘Funtimes’. With fans including Bono, Morrissey and Hurts, having toured with both of the latter across Europe, a #1 single in Japan with ‘Delay, Delay’ and fashion plaudits from Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey (“I love their energy, effortless style and very British attitude”), the band returned this January with new single ‘Hey, Hey Lover’. The Heartbreaks will release their second album ‘We May Yet Stand A Chance’, produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers) this June. Lyrically, the album is full of honest sentiment and deals with the issues of the demise of character, charm, passion, political opinion, conviction and commitment, with the title and cover expressing the notion that there may yet be hope when there appears to be none. Musically the album is full of Cowboy Psychedelia, girl-group Motown and Echo and the Bunnymen atmospherics and is a majestic, life-affirming pop record of widescreen, triumphant melancholia.

    The Heartbreaks

    Polly

    The Heartbreaks release ‘Polly’, the second single to be taken from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Funtimes’.

    Coinciding with a series of UK dates, alongside their first hometown show of 2012 in Morecambe, the song stands as testament to the not so distant past when, before the age of social networking, it was easy to lose contact with someone so very close to you, as life got in the way. Not only is it certain to be one of this summer’s ubiquitous festival anthems, it is also an extraordinary piece of bittersweet, heartache pop.

    ‘Funtimes’ saw the band build on the buzz of early releases to deliver an album that had Dazed declaring “every song is capable of being a single” and Louderthanwar acclaiming “a chiming, shimmering pop gem”.

    The Heartbreaks

    Funtimes

    “They’ve got the tunes in spades and their jangle-pop reeks with the sorrow of a Mr Whippy dropped in gravelly sand. And it’s delicious” - NME

    “They are the next great benchmark in British rock ‘n’ roll mythology” - i-D

    “Their lovelorn, nostalgia-tinged pop is right on the money” - The Fly

    Since the release of their last single ‘Jealous, Don’t You Know’, The Heartbreaks have packed a great deal into a short space of time. Along with recording their debut album in London and playing at summer festivals, The Heartbreaks supported both Morrissey and Hurts across Europe playing to arena and theatre-filled crowds of more than 200,000 people in total, picking up many new fans along the way.

    Their debut album is a 10 track collection of bright, witty and youthful anthems. It combines ferocious, rattling drums and chiming guitars with Motown hooks that come together with the knowing swagger and melodic lushness of all great life affirming pop. All of this is enriched by soaring and swooning vocals of bittersweet lyrics about a love of melancholy Morecambe and the trials of everyday life combined with a shimmer that displays a love of Northern Soul 45s and the girl-group soul of The Ronettes and the Shangri-Las. The sound is as classic as the ideas and musical influences behind it.

    During the last year, The Heartbreaks have performed alongside Carl Barat, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs and The Courteeners, along with performing for Bono in Milan, Burberry in New York and Kitsune in Paris.

    With comparisons to iconic musical heroes such as Morrissey and Elvis Costello, frontman Matthew Whitehouse has all the charisma, finesse and significance of a classic frontman. As The Fly so correctly puts it “he proves he is not some pretty faker with his vocals sounding far more powerful than his fresh face would suggest.”


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