Lancashire quartet The Heartbreaks have unleashed the video for their latest pop track 'Absolved', out May 25th 2014 ahead of the release of their new album 'We May Yet Stand A Chance' out June 2nd 2014.
The video sees the band suited up in silver jackets and bow-ties and performing a typically cheesy choreographed dance routine on a platform. Though it's one of those visuals you're going to either love or hate, the soaring vocals and string based instrumentation are unarguably uplifting with an up tempo Motown feel that really gives it a sense of cheeriness.
The band; who are singer Matthew Whitehouse, drummer Joseph Kondras, guitarist Ryan Wallace and bassist Christopher Deakin; release their new album this summer which has been produced by Dave Eringa, who has previously worked alongside Manic Street Preachers. 'We May Yet Stand A Chance' follows their 2012 debut album 'Funtimes' and includes the first single 'Hey, Hey Lover'. The Heartbreaks re-surfaced last year with their Record Store Day release 'What Are You Doing, Fool?' featuring Edwyn Collins. The group is set to hit the road in the UK later this month, with dates including Dot To Dot Festival in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham from 23rd to 25th May.
Morecombe quartet The Heartbreaks are set to release their brand new EP 'Hand On Heart' on February 4th 2013 alongside a single of the same name and an accompanying video. It follows on from their successful debut album 'Funtimes'.
The video was filmed at The Pool in London on October 26th 2012 as it mentions at the start and features the band playing the song alongside some female cellists and violinists. It's an upbeat track, albeit very 'stringy' with its use of at least four different string instruments including cello and violin as mentioned as well as the usual indie staples of guitar and bass. It's anthemic, with a catchy chorus and low, lingering vocals courtesy of frontman Matthew Whitehouse.
The band; who are Matthew, Joseph Kondras, Ryan Wallace and Chris Deakin; have teamed up with The Auteurs' James Banbury who helped arrange the new material and producer Tristan Ivemy who has previously worked with Frank Turner and The Holloways. Lead vocalist Matthew has his own ideas about the use of strings in this EP. 'We've always had a kind of intrinsic sense of drama, but with the addition of strings we were able to truly articulate a feeling of being widescreen, cinematic', he said. 'Rather than merely 'sounding big', we wanted to make music that. was melodic, bold, elegiac... Something conceptual that would. take our music beyond its usual guitar and bass sound.'
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To most, Morecambe is a forgotten seaside town which today only contains flickers and embers of its former glories, but, to jangle indie pop quartet The Heartbreaks, it's a way of life, an inspiration, their bread and butter. If ever there was a band that literally bleeds its environment, then it's The Heartbreaks.
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