Photo by Michael Mayren
The Heartbreaks and current face of the Burberry A/W campaign Matthew Whitehouse answers my nostalgic questions.
D.F.D.R: What do you miss about being a child?
M.W: Aquila, Bernards Watch, Woof!, Matt’s Millions…The days when Andrew Norriss ruled the television.
D.F.D.R: What did you want to be when you grew up?
M.W: An inventor. I can’t remember exactly what I wanted to invent but I think it may have been time machines. I’ve always had a vague sense that I would do something different.
D.F.D.R: What era in music do you think mostly influences your sound?
M.W: No one era in particular…The practice of pop music’s reliance on its own history in an attempt to refresh itself has become so eclectic, and the buffer of intermediate history between the present day and the revived so small, that the phenomenon of several different waves of retro may now be experienced within a single lifetime. This was no keener felt than in Morcambe where, with no musical heritage to speak of, our influences were forced to be disparate. Blondie, Del Shannon, The Jesus and Marychain…They all had a look in. I thank God that we had started writing music together before the advent of Youtube. There’s something to be said about the art of mis-remembering and I feel for the poor fuckers whose musical heritage may now be accessed and filtered into their writing with such an exactitude that they miss the artistic distortion essential to creating great pop music.
D.F.D.R: If you could remake and star in a film, which one would it be?
M.W: Thelma and Louise. I’d be Thelma.
D.F.D.R: Best job you’ve ever had?
M.W: I was the North West’s under 21 fastest Mr Whippy Pourer 2008/2009. They held the competition in Skemersdale. I won £35 of WH Smith vouchers and a pair of monogrammed pouring gloves.
D.F.D.R: Best year of your life so far?
M.W: I sincerely hope the best is yet to come.
The Heartbreaks are currently touring with Morrissey.