Single Review: The Heatbreaks – Absolved


the-heartbreaks 2014Released on May 25th 2014

In my mind this is almost a different band to the one I saw play in Manchester’s Ruby Lounge in 2012 but they still have the underlying passion and flare that I heard back then only now they have an even bigger dash of vintage pop and a crazy smattering of motown to boot! Please, whatever you do, don’t do what I do and go around singing “asshole” – it’s not, it’s “absolved”, even if might not quite sound like it. I really can’t stop singing it wrong though, and proudly and loudly at that! (just a bit worrying!)

Their last single had Radio legend Steve Lamaqc threatening to quit BBC Radio 6 if the track wasn’t playlisted. Since then The Heartbreaks have picked up even more fans and the video for Absolved has been retweeted by the likes of Billy Brag, Tim Burgess and Edwyn Collins! Perhaps, they like me, don’t just love the song and the sounds but also love the straight faces the band manage to keep while making such a video. One which is almost the antithesis of what might have been expected. The Heartbreaks aren’t breaking hearts with this they’re fixing them.

Watch the video for Absolved here:


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