03 PM | 22 Mar

Australian Geek Rockers – Heartbreak Club – are International Songwriting finalists

‘Fail with style’ at Youth Week Sydney/Newcastle/Melbourne’s (yep, spread over three cities!) hardest working independent geek rock outfit Heartbreak Club (HBC) have just been announced as finalists in the Rock category of the International Songwriting Competition, judged by Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Robert Smith (The Cure) and more!

(Other finalists include Aussies such as Eskimo Joe, The Living End, and Children Collide). In a tenuous segue, HBC will also test new material from their upcoming album “Our Horse Is Dead” on all ages crowds for Youth Week, notably the Sounds Loud Festival at Moonee Ponds w/ Bluejuice, Calling All Cars, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Behind Crimson Eyes, Hungry Kids of Hungary at more!

To record the album, HBC reunited with US Producer Ed Rose (worked with Soundwave favourites Motion City Soundtrack and The Get Up Kids) who was joined by Australian engineer Matt Voigt (The Killers, Midnight Oil, The Living End) at the helm. The album will be released in May 2010 coinciding with the single ‘Truth or Consequences’. Abandoning somewhat the ‘teen angst parody’ of their EP’s, the band promises the new album to be ‘unapologetically melodic; adopting a brutally honest, confessional, darker, grittier and grungier tone’, with the band noting their 90’s influences of Weezer’, Regurgitator, Blink 182 and Nirvana. They are, however, still geeks. “We’re definitely taking a step to the left of field with the album”, says singer Teddy Hernandez. “Whilst happy with our previous two releases, many people did not realise the music was a satire”. Still maintaining a socially satirical edge, the new album is a critique of “male narcissism, shallow sexuality, obsession,” and, wait for it… “impotence”.

Editor’s note: faints> how geeky!

U P C O M I N G S H O W S :

Friday March 26 @ Manly Youth Centre, Manly NSW w/ Town Hall Steps, Static Silhouettes, Aplonea, and Standing Silence

Sunday April 11 @ SOUNDS LOUD FESTIVAL, Moonee Ponds VIC , w/ Bluejuice, Calling All Cars, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Behind Crimson Eyes etc.

Saturday Aprill 17 @ QUEANFEST, Quenabeyan NSW w/ Super Best Friends, Steady the Fall, + 10 more! Saturday April 17 @ The Phoenix (18+), Canberra ACT w/ Rubix Cuba and Steady the Fall

I M P O R T A N T I N F O : Recorded new album in with Ed Rose (Motion City Soundtrack, The Get Up Kids) and engineer Matt Voigt (The Killers, The Living End, Midnight Oil) at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne. Released in May 2010 First single ‘Are You Leaving Me?’ on Triple J’s ‘short.fast.loud’, Nova (nights) and Triple M accompanied by 9-weeks of national and regional touring. Recorded EP ‘O Tempora! O Mores!’ with US producer Ed Rose (Motion City Soundtrack, The Get Up Kids) and engineer Anthony The (The Vines, Youth Group); Heartbreak Club released ‘O Tempora! O Mores!’ nationally on Oct 25 2009 (Goodman & Hart / Amphead)

LINK to music: www.myspace.com/heartbreakclub – New tracks available if requested Www.heartbreakclub.org

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