ONE of the hottest properties on the British indie scene will be coming to Wigan.
Morecambe-based four-piece The Heartbreaks have been hailed one of the next big things with their brand of bittersweet pop, and will showcase their tunes at Indiependence next month.
The band, made up of singer Matthew Whitehouse, guitarist Ryan Wallace, bassist Chris Deakin and drummer Joe Kondras, hope to follow in the footsteps of other home-grown success stories such as The Arctic Monkeys, and are confident their music will find an audience in a town that is something of an indie hotbed.
The Heartbreaks will arrive supporting their debut release Funtimes, an album of catchy, melodic, three-minute pop songs which has drawn rave reviews.
The group’s nostalgic, lovelorn pop sound is influenced by everything from singer-songwriters such as Morrissey and Edwyn Collins to Blondie, Bruce Springsteen and that perennial Wigan favourite, Northern Soul.
Music fans who enjoy what they hear at Indiependence will not have to wait long to splash some cash on their new enthusiasm, either, as the band will release Polly, their second single from Funtimes, in September.
The Heartbreaks’ visit to Wigan is part of a hectic touring schedule which sees the band make two jaunts across the UK’s venues this year, including several festival appearances, play what should be a triumphant homecoming gig in Morecambe and also fly out to the Land of the Rising Sun for three gigs in Japan.
The band’s appearance at Indiependence will see them supported by two leading local acts in the special guest slots, with Leigh indie-rockers The Lottery Winners and Newton-le-Willows band Loor A Los Heroes completing the bill.
The Heartbreaks will play at Indiependence on August 17, with doors opening at 8pm. Tickets are £7 and can be bought from seetickets.com.
Indiependence promoter Mike Vaughan said: “It will be great to have the lads at the club as they are a great live band and there is a big buzz about the gig.
“They are also very enthusiastic as they love the history of Wigan and the Casino, and that influence comes across in their style.”
For more information, visit www.indiependencewigan.com