Heartbreak Club InterviewHeartbreak Club is Australia's beacon of hope for ironic and self-deprecating punk-infused rock! Hot on the heels of their first tour of the USA and ready to share their music with Australia.
Heartbreak Club bunkered down with indie producer Ed Rose (Motion City Soundtrack, The Get Up Kids) and engineer Anthony The (The Vines, Youth Group) to belt out O Tempora! O Mores! Chunky riffs, sing-along choruses and punchy synth lines help 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.
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 and Karnivool.
How does it feel to perform on stage?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club:Sweaty mainly, and subsequentially I feel self-conscious as my shirts begin to stick to the little pot belly I've developed over recent weeks of eating take-away on the road. I miss my yoga, OK? Aside from that, it's the best medium for people to "get" what the band is all about - fast, furious, and satirical power pop.
How did it feel to hear your song played all over the airwaves?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club:You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't get a little bit proud when hearing themselves on the radio, particularly someone as insecure as myself. If I hear it playing in a cafe or on public transport I turn to the closest stranger and ask "Do you think this band sucks as much as I do?" in the hope they actually say something nice. Radio play and compliments make for many-a teary moment.
What is different about touring Australia?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club:The crazy distances between shows. We drove 1600km in 24 hours the other day (Rockhampton to Newcastle, via Toowoomba). In the US, it was usually a four to five hour drive max between shows. That and for anyone not familiar with the band, they aren't quite sure what to make of us, but watch us nevertheless.
Do you write your own songs? Whats your inspiration?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club:Absolutely, although we do a killer Belinda Carlisle cover (I guess you could say she is one of our inspirations). Otherwise all our songs are 100% original, and draw upon various stories of day-to-day loss and misery that we've experienced. Y'know, losing the girl, saying a former lover's name in bed, spilt milk, the usual..
Describe your style of music?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club: Ironic and self-deprecating punk-infused rock; satirical power pop.
Whose music do you admire most?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club: Joss Whedon, Veronica Mars, Patience from The Grates, Lloyd Kaufman, Jessica Green to name a few.
What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club: Weezer, The Get Up Kids, Motion City Soundtrack, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Descendants, Feable Weiner, Portishead, Regurgitator, The Mars Volta, Paul Simon.
Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club: Neither - two completely different but complimentary mediums, with equal and sometimes opposite virtues.
What has been your favorite part of becoming a music artist?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club: The feeling that one's notoriety/popularity is gaining traction. Not that we want to be the biggest rock stars in the world anything (despite playing some rad stadium rock), but doing a gig in a distant city and finding the crowd has doubled since last time.
What is the story behind the bands name?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club: My friend Jessie came up with it years ago, as a parody band name. It's kind of stuck since then. It was a tossup between Heartbreak Club or Cat Racer.
What do you do to relax?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club: Alas, I don't relax. I fret, I worry, I break-out. Although writing songs and venting is therapeutic to an extent.
One rule you live by?
Nick Green from Heartbreak Club: The only rule is there is no golden rule, just... umm... discretion.
The Heartbreak Club are currently touring check out the music section of the Whats On page for more information.
O Tempora! O Mores! hit stores* *in October.