THE HEARTBREAKS Q&A: “IT’S F*CKING MASSIVE. IT MAY YET STAND A CHANCE”
The Heartrbreaks – singer Matthew Whitehouse, songwriter and drummer Joseph Kondras, guitarist Ryan Wallace and bassist Christopher ‘Deaks’ Deakin – release their second album ‘We May Yet Stand A Chance’ on 2nd June via Nusic Sounds.
The Heartrbreaks are lovers of the North of England and bearers of a good hair-do…Here’s the video for “Hey, Hey Lover”, a life-affirming pop gem, produced by Dave Eringa…The Fifth Manic Street Preacher.
This is their incendiary (free download) ‘¡No Pasarán!’.
Joseph opens up about their second album ‘We May Yet Stand A Chance’, which deals with the issues of the demise of character, charm, passion, political opinion. And he talks about today’s zeitgeist, getting drunk with old men and working with Diana Ross…
Can you tell us 5 thinks we should know about your album ‘We May Yet Stand A Chance’?
It has a spirit and a conscience that has been missing from pop music for too long. It is incredibly unfashionable and completely at odds with today’s zeitgeist, the fact of which makes me very happy and proud. It’s the sound of a band truly finding out who they are. It’s fucking massive. It may yet stand a chance.Why did you pick your band name?
Ryan came up with it. It’s either the best name ever or the worst depending on who you ask, which is something that I really love about it. It implies a pop classicism and a sense of romance that is prevalent within the band.
How did you form?
We formed because we were bored. We formed because were frustrated. We formed because we had no other outlet to express ourselves. We were drawn to each other as the only lads in town who liked Postcard Records, The Ronettes and gin and tonic.Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
I write a song and record a basic demo that steers it in the musical direction I feel it should take. I then present it to the rest of the chaps and they add their own ideas and parts. A number of the songs on the album we hadn’t rehearsed at all prior to going in to the studio which allowed for quite a spontaneous way of working, I feel this was a good thing and really took us away from that rehearsal room vibe you know?
What was the last gig you played, what did you think of it?
We played last week at Koko in Camden and I’d say it was without a shadow of a doubt one our finest gigs to date. It was our biggest headline show so far and there was just a beautiful connection between audience and band. It’s evenings like that that really give you a sense of purpose and validation.
If you had the chance to collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Phil Spector, Johnny Marr and Diana Ross. I’m hoping for all of them on the next record.If you could get drunk with any woman or man who would it be?
I’d really liked to have got drunk with my grandad. He was a polish war hero and when opening a bottle of vodka would throw away the top to signify the fact that the entire bottle must be finished in that sitting. I like that. My kind of fella. I also really enjoy getting drunk with Ryan’s grandad Brian. He’s got an encyclopaedic knowledge of country and western music and has a beautiful little moustache. Loves a drink. I might go and try and find him when I’ve finished this interview actually, he’ll probably be in The Bull Hotel in Morecambe town right now. So yeah, I like getting drunk with old men.
Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
We’re doing a few shows in May which will be great. It’s weird, onstage is the only place I think we all feel completely comfortable in ourselves. We’re a gang and we’re honest and we’re expressing ourselves and when it’s as good as it was the other night at Koko it’s fucking electric.
Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets?
We have song called ‘I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt To Think Of You’ which features the line “In a town as small as this one there is no escaping you,” whilst on tour with Morrissey Matty for some reason kept singing “In a town as small as Brisbane there is no escaping you,”. When Morrissey visited us in our dressing room in Berlin he made a a reference to it as he’d been listening to our sets. As we were so nervous though, we had absolutely no idea at all what he was talking about. I said “Moz, what the fuck are you on about man? We’re not from Australia.” No, I didn’t say that at all. I just grinned and nodded like an idiot.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Between us we listen to quite a range of music but whilst making this record we chose to really channel our influences and listen to them collectively. So every morning we’d get up and someone would stick a record on as we were all getting ready and having a brew and what not. It was most definitely conducive to making the album that we have. It was all Nancy Sinatra, Echo and The Bunnymen, Scott Walker, Ennio Morriconne, anything high in drama and sinister elegance.
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk
May Live Dates:
Tues 20th Sheffield Harley
Weds 21st Glasgow Sleazys
Fri 23rd Manchester Dot To Dot Festival
Sat 24th Bristol Dot To Dot Festival
Sun 25th Nottingham Dot To Dot Festival
Fri 30th London Oslo
The Heartbreaks’ second album is due for release in May. Download the track ‘¡No Pasarán!’ for free HERE