GREG LAMBERT reports from The Deaf Institute in Manchester
During the final song of Saturday night’s gig, The Heartbreaks were mobbed by an adoring crowd of hardy revellers who gatecrashed the stage.
One stripped off his ‘No Pasaran!’ T-Shirt and began to swing it above his head like a football fan celebrating a last-minute winner at Wembley.
Then, he and the other ‘pitch invaders’ bellowed along in unison, an impromptu mass karaoke singalong to ‘I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt to Think of You’ which lead singer Matthew Whitehouse somehow managed to finish despite being engulfed.
A feel good finale to another dazzling display of stage presence, musicianship and an endless supply of hooky tunes, with highlights being new single ‘Hey Hey Lover’ and the soaring ‘Absolved’.
Quite a spectacle. And quite an example of the fervour this band inspires.
The Heartbreaks from Morecambe are Matthew Whitehouse, Ryan Wallace, Chris ‘Deaks’ Deakin and Joseph Kondras, and were joined on stage by guitarist Oliver Wareham.