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.

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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.

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The Heartbreaks + Projection // Photography by James Murray

The Heartbreaks + Projection // Photography by James Murray

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.

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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.

The Heartbreaks // Photography by James Murray

The Heartbreaks // Photography by James Murray

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.

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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.

Mabel Love // Photography By James Murray

Mabel Love // Photography By James Murray

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.

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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.

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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.

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