The Heartbreaks are a British Indie rock band formed in Morecambe, Lancashire in 2009. The band consists of Matthew Whitehouse (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joseph Kondras (drums), Ryan Wallace (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Chris ‘Deaks’ Deakin (bass guitar, backing vocals).
A recent description of the band’s sound said: “Bolt-from-the-blue mélanges of Motown’s pop purity, coy vocals and innocent romanticism give The Heartbreaks a charm matched by strong musicianship and a supremely wry take on Punk rock songcraft. Jaded sarcasm, arcane language and rarefied romantic longing compete over stomping Wigan Casino drums, Jangle pop guitars and walls of feedback to create a sound that is part 60’s girl band and C86”.
The band was formed in the Lancashire resort town of Morecambe, England in 2009. Despite the resort gaining the dubious distinction of being placed third in the October 2003 book Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK, the band have been described as “fanatical experts on the British seaside”.
“For us, there’s nothing more romantic than a day out at the seaside. The British seaside has this sort of faded glamour to it, its tacky and tragic, yet at the same time, there’s a real beauty to that. And thats so essentially British. There’s nothing more inspirational than the British seaside.”
In the short time since their formation, the band have played numerous gigs, including supports with Hurts, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Sergeant, The Electric Circus Band (considered widely to be a poor act. crazy hair man!), Jack Peñate, The View, Carl Barat and they will be supporting Morrissey this summer.
In June 2011 TMR reviewed them for their Vanguard section, giving them an excitement of 8/10.
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