Heartbreak Club
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Heartbreak Club

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE
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"...lamecore Review - John Sobel"

Another Australian import with a very different vibe, this adorably cheeky pop-punk EP makes fun of teenage pain with a wink and a wag of the tail.

"Here's to me. I've just lost my everything. This pout and mope industry justifies something cruel," says the arch narrator of "The Girl @ TGUK."

Liberal use of dynamics, a hefty but hollow guitar attack descended from Blue Oyster Cult, and offbeat lyrics and snatches of conversation churn through songs with titles like "She Talked To Me!" and "Boy Said/Girl Said."

The funny "Bethanie" that starts the EP and the acoustic "Like the Weather" that closes it are like two sides of the same sigh - boy loses girl, boy gets girl - but the very last line of "Like the Weather" pulls the rug out: "Oh what a ruse." - BlogCritics

"She Talked To Me"

You don't need to listen to an album called 'Lamecore' for too long (or, to be honest, at all) to know whether you might like it or not.

Anyone willing to title their record like that A) has a sense of humor, B) probably doesn't have a lot of money to throw around on things like production and mastering and C) undoubtedly plays a snotty brand of pop-punk that rides that delicate line of being just a bit too self-aware for its own good.

Still here? Phew. The good news is that B is a moot point when A and C are at their most potent (Which, for the most part, is the entire sixteen minutes of this EP's run time.)

"She Talked to Me", especially, is where the group's formula hits on all-cylinders, making for a furious, jangly, crunchy, funny, rollicking good time.

In other words: you can judge a book by its cover, but what's the fun in that? - eMusic Feature Review

"...lamecore review"

Heartbreak Club - Lamecore
The five song demo from this foursome including New Yorkers and Aussies shows influences from power poppers like The Click Five and Good Charlotte.

It shows much more than that though, such as the edgy metal riffing in “The Girl @ Tguk,” and the alt folk of “Like The Weather.” These songs have the interesting qualities of being catchy, edgy, witty, and entertaining in a familiar way while still proving that some serious thought went into the songwriting process.
- Music Morsels

"...lamecore (Heartbreak Club"

Taking their cue from the candy-punk side of US bands like The Get Up Kids and Green Day, you wouldn't pick the Heartbreak Club for Novocastrians, but then, that's the point. The four-piece sports members who have gigged around the place in a number of more seriously-minded post-punk bands who have obviously decided that what the world needs right now, and to quote a recent review, is "a wicked parody of 'emo' angst". Hence singer/songwriter Nick Green becomes enigmatic ersatz nerd frontman Teddy Hernandez, and if girls can be totally blonde, they can meet the boys, tongues firmly in collective cheek, to match. - Drum Media (Michael Smith)

"Heartbreak Club live @ The Northern Star"

If you're not in on the joke, Heartbreak Club sound like well executed, completely derivative power-pop, and like the title of their current EP, that is lamecore.

Their myspace profile lets us all into the giggle loop a little bit by describing Heartbreak's music as self-deprecating power-pop but there's more to it than that.

There is a subtle hint at just the level of satire entwined with the'lamecore' concept when the uber SoCal vocals are broken at strategic points by an accent verging on okka.

The clues come thick and fast after you discover that lead singer Nick Green assumed the name Teddy Hernandez in order to complete the band's lineup. Lyrics like "If I could own what lovers own/I'd sell my shares in apathy tomorrow" combined with Teddy's live antics complete the picture.

As Teddy, Green is near-perfect on stage. He struts and pouts, hands out-stretched from his heart, face contorted in a wicked parody of 'emo' angst.

It should be easy to hate Heartbreak Club - especially in the context of the Newcastle scene where at least half the band's lineup have been played with the much maligned Rubix Cuba at various points - but if honesty needs to come into it (and it does) Heartbreak are rather good.

Dub the music Iron-Emo if you must and within that frame of reference enjoy the decadent candy-pop fun that is Heartbreak Club. - Dirty Word Zine

"Recent Press"

HBC “channel the sounds of The Get Up Kids, Saves the Day and Weezer into one hell of an impressive powerpop effort. Whilst avoiding ripping off the aforementioned bands Heartbreak Club have their own take on things, which is refreshing to hear... 8/10” - BLUNT (Feb 09)

“O Tempora! O Mores! 8/10. With catchy guitar riffs and sing-along choruses, 'O Tempora' makes for a fantastic listen” - Tsunami Mag (December 08)

“With their new release O Tempora! O Mores! Heartbreak Club have created one of the most addictive EP's I've heard in a long time. The five songs are the perfect blend of punk, pop and rock music. The tunes are accessible, but the clever lyrics ensure these tunes stay left of the mainstream” - Oz Music Scene (Nov. 08)

“Australia has a long and proud history of satire and self-deprecation, with names like Chris Lilley, Barry Humphries and the boys from ABC's Chaser series famed for bringing larrikin humour to the stage. Now a group of musical “neo-punks” are preparing to follow in the footsteps of their comedic countrymen with a new manner of making music” - Katherine Feeney, Brisbane Times (Oct 08)

“These songs are on par with the best in the genre, and their take on it puts them accross as being smarter and more approachable than most” - Jeff Walker, Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury
- Various


March 2010 - 'Our Hose is Dead' (album)

Oct 2008 - 'O Tempora! O Mores!'
Label: Goodman & Hart
Distributor: Amphead
Produced by Ed Rose (The Get Up Kids, Motion City soundtrack); Engineered by Anthony The (Youth Group, The Vines).

May 2007 - '...lamecore' EP
single - Bethanie



What has become of Heartbreak Club (HBC)?

Once a straight-up parody of angst-ridden pop, HBC are rapidly becoming Australia's beacon of hope for Geek Rock; spearheading a new wave of 1990's inspired intelligent, ironic and self-deprecating punk-infused tunes.

In doing so, HBC have recorded a new, darker and grittier album that is 'unapologetically melodic; adopting a brutally honest, confessional and grungier tone' than previous efforts, with the band noting their admiration for Weezer's 'Pinkerton', Regurgitator's 'Unit' and Nirvana's 'In Utero'.

US Producer Ed Rose (Motion City Soundtrack, The Get Up Kids) and Aussie engineer Matt Voigt (The Killers, Midnight Oil, The Living End) were locked in Melbourne's Sing Sing Studios with HBC over February and March 2009 recording the aforementioned album.

'Are You Leaving Me?' - the album's first single - has been embraced by radio in September 2009, being played on Triple J's Short.Fast.Loud, Triple M (nights) and Nova (nights). The release of the single is in conjunction with two HBC tours. The first 4-week tour will be of metro/capital city dates, followed by a 5-week all-regional and rural based tour.

The as-yet untitled album is due to be released in March 2010, co-ordinating a release and tour schedule in Australia, the USA and Japan.

Since forming in early 2006, Heartbreak Club have extensively toured Australia and the USA; had their debut EP ...lamecore played on 300+ college and specialty-commercial radio stations in the US, Australia and Canada; had Bethanie featured on ABC-TV's Rage; and played alongside Faker, The Sleepy Jackson, Jonah Matranga, Bodyjar and Karnivool.

HBC had bunkered down with Ed Rose in 2008 to belt out O Tempora! O Mores! which was recorded hot on the heels of HBC's first tour of the USA, and combined chunky riffs, sing-along choruses and punchy synth lines to create a veritable bevy of audible delicacies that drip with irony and are coated with sincerity; recommended for fans of Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack, The Pixies and The Get Up Kids.

HBC are a band that can take their music seriously but not themselves; a band that walks a tightrope between satire and sympathy as they critique the murky waters of male narcissism, lust, lost-love, alienation, cultural inferiority, obsession and, err... impotence?