The Heartbreaks// The Deaf Institute // Manchester
Jealous Don’t You Know’ Single Launch
April 9, 2011
By James Murray:
There’s nothing outrageously radical about The Heartbreaks. But what makes this Morcambe four-piece brilliant is that they don’t try to be.
For those that have visited Morecambe, without searching deep there’s not too many positive things you could share with others following your visit – yet The Heartbreaks through their romantic indie rock do enough to change anybodys perceptions of the seaside town.
Walking on stage to a backing projection of Morcambe views, the band were clearly attempting to capture the image of their beloved hometown through every means possible. The Deaf Institute couldn’t have been a more fitting venue for the single launch; the quirky, vintage decor of the small-sized venue gave the performance a theatrical feel – emphasising the nostalgic ambience of The Heartbreaks’ music.
Although some may snub the stripped down, raw simplicity of the Heartbreaks – there’s no doubt that on-stage this works in their favour. Powering through tracks such as, Jealous Don’t You Know, Liar, My Dear, and I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt To Think of You along with some promising sounding unreleased tracks, The Heartbreaks proved that their live shows are equally or more-so important to their records – which in this day and age is the sensible approach to new music.
Supporting The Heartbreaks were Sheffield outfit Mabel Love, who are set to play some shows with Arctic Monkeys this summer. With small-sized shows such as this one it’s difficult to expect anything incredible from the support acts – which only made Mabel Love all the more impressive.
Their most renowned tracks – Socks and Breaking it All were certainly the highlights of their set, demonstrating some inspiring bass guitar-work and solid backing vocals.
Opening the night, and last minute booking, were The Lovely Eggs. The upcoming Lancashire two-piece actually have a fairly credible sized fan base, however, it’s difficult to find too many positives from their live display. There’s no doubt that atypical hipster sounds are fashionable nowadays, and a lot of the more obscure styles of music getting releases are actually very forward-thinking.
The Lovely Eggs are blatantly a ‘fun’ band, but from a critical perspective they just aren’t good. Lead singer Holly Ross has a very unmelodic voice that seems painfully stretched at every note, the lyrics are nonsensical and the bands crowd interaction was poor. The Lovely Eggs simply weren’t a suitable booking. The contrast in musical styles alone between The Lovely Eggs and Mabel Love was, to say the least, extreme.
Apart from the dubious opening band, The Heartbreaks put on a great night and a great performance to their ever-growing following. The Heartbreaks are set to play several festivals this summer including Friends of Mine and The Great Escape. Surely it’s only a matter of time before The Heartbreaks get serious about a debut full-length LP and begin to really put Morecambe on the musical map.