With their new release O Tempora! O Mores! Heartbreak Club has created one of the most addictive EPs 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 quirky lyrics ensure these tunes stay left of the mainstream.
I want my readers to hear these songs, so make sure you read on to find out how you can score one of three copies of this brilliant EP. But first, I caught up with Heartbreak Club singer Teddy. Here’s what he had to say about this release, life on the road, and what 2009 holds for this fantastic Aussie act.
You worked with Ed Rose (Motion City Soundtrack, The Get Up Kids) and Anthony The (The Vines, Youth Group) on O Tempora! O Mores! What did they bring to the recording?
An amazing cross-pollination of Australian rock and American production sensibilities. Ed totally got what the band was about, and in addition to pulling and mixing some huge sounds, he worked us really hard to extract our best performances. Ed was crucial in making the CD accessible to a broad audience and radio, while not compromising the tongue-in-cheek nature of the project.
This is your second EP, and I’ve got to say five songs just doesn’t seem long enough. When can we expect a Heartbreak Club album?
We’re talking to Ed about flying him out for a month or so in early 2009. We would be looking at releasing the new album, which is almost completely written, in August-September 2009. It will have at least 12 tracks, as we totally agree, 5 tracks is just not enough!
This EP has such a great energy. How do you manage to keep those songs sounding so fresh after months on the road?
Live audiences always keep the songs fresh, particularly with all the new faces in the crowds this tour! Sure it may sound non-rock to say so, but I want people to like us – and that means we have to have the energy and freshness at every live show. Bands have gotta earn a crowd, y’know?
You’re in the middle of a national tour at the moment. What do you love most about playing live?
When we win over people who have never seen us before. It usually takes about three songs before it ‘clicks’, but by the end of the set, if they are up and dancing then we’re pretty chuffed. Also spontaneous moments – we played in Canberra on the weekend, with a fill-in bass player (due to exceptional circumstances). We rehearsed for three hours, then played a show for a crowd that for the most part were not into our style of music. But then we got offered to play a set at The Phoenix next door, and despite being exhausted we said yes. It turned out to be one of the best shows on the tour – great reaction, dancers, singalongs, and a very eclectic crowd. Meeting people on tour is also another major incentive to playing live.
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