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Salad Days Magazine | May 25, 2024

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The Heartbreaks – new single, debut album and free download


“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

“Irresistible. The Heartbreaks are going to be huge.” Notion

Morecambe four-piece The Heartbreaks will release new single ‘Delay, Delay’ on April 30th followed by their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Funtimes’ on May 7th, both released on Nusic Sounds. The band are also giving fans a free download of album track ‘Winter Gardens’ exclusively through their Facebook page and website to download now – links below:
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. Newly signed to emerging independent label Nusic Sounds, 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 and picking up many new fans along the way. The lead single from the album ‘Delay, Delay’ is an uptempo, punchy indie pop song with melodic vocals and majestic guitars about young romance and growing up in a small seaside town. ‘Winter Gardens’ is an ode to their hometown of Morecambe with fast paced jangly guitars and exhilarating, accelerating vocals throughout. Both tracks are undoubtedly signature Heartbreaks. ‘Funtimes’ 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. The album was produced by Tristan Ivemy (Babyshambles, Frank Turner, The Holloways) with additional production from Joe Cross (Hurts, Sound of Arrows) and the track ‘Remorseful’ by Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley. 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.” The foursome, from Morecambe, formed in May 2009 after growing up together bonding over shared passions; Motown, bittersweet romance and the English seaside. Still in their early 20s, it quickly became apparent that they harboured the same dream: to create a band that really meant something to people. And here it begins; with ‘Funtimes’.

The Heartbreaks are Matthew Whitehouse (vocals), Joseph Kondras (Drums), Ryan Wallace (Guitar) and Deaks (Bass).

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