Some things take no thought, they just take heart. “Tonight Tonight”, the debut album from Toronto’s The Heartbroken might as well be a bandage for bleeding hearts and souls around the world. It is a visceral reaction to the blows of life and love, a moment to enjoy being on the ground, because you know you are going to be that much stronger when you get back up.
The Heartbroken recorded the album at The Tragically Hip’s famed and maybe haunted studio, which used to be an old coach house in Bath, Ontario. They walked in the door and didn’t leave until they finished nine days later and you can hear it all on the tape, every drop of love and life between them. The Heartbroken (Blake Manning, Peter Fusco, Damhnait Doyle and Stuart Cameron) had been friends for years and knew that the best times they ever had were sitting around the kitchen table, having a few drinks and playing songs, so they decided to write their own, go out, play and well, drink some more.
The Heartbroken started playing live with an acoustic residency at the Three Speed in Toronto and then on to the legendary Dakota Tavern, where they stood up, plugged in and played so hard, they almost fell over. The Heartbroken wrote and produced “Tonight Tonight” and Stew Crookes (Hawksley Workman, Justin Rutledge) engineered and mixed the album. Whether they’re on guitar, piano, mandolin, drums, banjo, bass or monosynth, it doesn’t matter who’s playing what, they are lungs to heart and heart to blood.