A union between Morecambe boys The Heartbreaks and rock legend Edwyn Collins brought the house down in Glasgow and Liverpool last weekend.
Our bright young things and the Orange Juice front man teamed up for gigs at the Glasgow O2 ABC on Thursday and the Liverpool Philharmonic on Saturday night.
The Heartbreaks – Matthew Whitehouse, Joe Kondras, Ryan Wallace and Chris ‘Deaks’ Deakin - are close friends with the star and were delighted to support him on these dates, part of Edwyn’s UK tour.
The Ivor Novello award-winning artist helped produce ‘Remorseful, a track on the lads’ 2012 debut album ‘Funtimes’, after meeting the lads and being won over by their affable cheeky charm at a book signing in Manchester.
And to mark National Record Store Day last Saturday, the Collins-Heartbreaks combo released the toe-tapping ‘What Are You Doing, Fool?’ as a limited edition single on vinyl, available at participating record shops.
‘What Are You Doing, Fool?’ has a summery soul vibe as Collins and Whitehouse take turns with vocals, harmonising for the chorus, showing off The Heartbreaks’ versatility and new more mature sound. And the guitar solo in the middle is classic Collins.
Matthew also sings backing vocals on the B-side, a version of Orange Juice’s Untitled Melody. Collins gave this a ringing endorsement in a recent NME magazine article.
Collins, who is still on the mend after suffering two brain haemorrhages in 2005, has just released his new solo album ‘Understated’.
Aside from his work with Orange Juice, in particular the seminal ‘Rip It Up’ (and Start Again), the Scot is best known for his mid-1990s Top 10 hit ‘A Girl Like You’.
The Heartbreaks will next appear in London at independent record label Fierce Panda’s 19th birthday party at Scala on May 21.
Their great friends, Sheffield indie band The Crookes, will join them.
The lads will then support The Courteeners at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on June 5, alongside Miles Kane and The Strypes.
The band is still working on their second album and has a July outing lined up at Kendal Calling.
They will also appear at the X&Y Festival in Liverpool in July.