'Hey, Hey Lover' is the magnificent new single from The Heartbreaks, set for release on 17th February 2014. It's taken from their upcoming second album, due out in May via Nusic Sounds. It's urgent, intelligent and life affirming pop that enraptures from first listen.
Produced by Dave Eringa,- a man whose legacy as The Fifth Manic Street Preacher means that he's used to the grandiose romance - it is the sound of a band in spirited evolution with widescreen choruses, Echo and the Bunnymen atmospherics and arch lyrical observations combining to make something new, majestic and, in short, not normal.
The Heartbreaks made quite an impact when they first emerged, receiving plaudits across the board as well as a legion of famous fans, from Morrissey and Hurts, whom the band supported across Europe, to Bono, who personally invited them to perform in Milan. Their international appeal was further cemented last year when single Delay, Delay reached No. 1 in Japan and the band made two tours of the country in six months.
Their acute sense of style also caught the eye of the fashion world, with Hedi Slimane shooting the band as part of his Rock Diary and Chief Creative Officer of Burberry, Christopher Bailey, beginning a long association with the group, declaring, "I love their energy, effortless style and very British attitude".
While Matthew featured in Burberry's Autumn Winter campaign, as The Fly so correctly puts it "he proves he is not some pretty faker, with his vocals sounding far more powerful than his fresh face would suggest".
The Heartbreaks will play two shows in January - dates below.
23rd January - Madame Jo Jo's
25th January - The Deaf Institute, Manchester (Sold Out)