The Heartbreaks perform in Morecambe

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THE Heartbreaks’ lead singer Matt Whitehouse said he was looking forward to this gig more than playing Hyde Park alongside The Kaiser Chiefs 24 hours later.

Morecambe’s promising indie band performed on Friday’s Hard Rock Calling bill alongside The Killers yet preferred playing in front of their mates while having a beer in their favourite pub the night before. Down to earth, these four lads.

In their previous incarnations as Tin Soldiers and Seaside Riot, The Heartbreaks learned their trade playing Ma Murphy’s at battle of the bands contests and open mic nights.

Last Thursday night they returned to home turf, not quite conquering heroes (at least not yet) but all grown up now and performing with the kind of polished professionalism that’s earned them a support slot with Morrissey around Europe next month.

Gloriously enthusiastic pub landlord Colin Smith could hardly contain his pride as he introduced them. And as good-looking teens danced and swayed to the beat, Whitehouse somehow squeezed his tall frame underneath the famous Ma Murphy’s low ceiling and showed all of his developing charisma as a front man while crooning set opener Winter Gardens.

Highlight tracks included next single Delay, Delay and the wondrous Remorseful, which the band admits should have been the A-side rather than the B on their previous release Jealous, Don’t You Know.

See The Visitor (29-06-11) for full story.