Justin Garner and Nick Barker have been playing together on and off for 15 years – Nick producing Justin’s band Southpaw’s debut album and Justin playing on Nick’s last solo record (Blackwater Blues). 3 years ago they hunched over acoustic guitars and hammered a bunch of ideas into songs that became the Heartache State’s debut self titled album. Justin loves the Allman Bros, Nick loves the Replacements, every one likes the Stones so the band, with the addition of long time friend Venom on Drums and Michael Hubbard on Bass, is a collision of all.
2017 sees The Heartache State’s second album “Last of the Buffalo” venturing deeper down the same road.
“It was a bucket list thing in some ways, to record an album without a net if you will. We basically swapped ideas back and forth on our phones, then went into producer Shane O’Mara’s Yikesville studio without any arrangements or real format for the songs. Then we sort of jammed them into shape and recorded them, so what you hear is the 2-3 time the song has ever been played. It’s a very 70’s centric approach I guess and some of the endings do ramble on a but as Yikesville has a strict ‘no fade’ policy!!! But listening back now it was a great call and we love the bloody thing and couldn’t be prouder. We’re not reinventing the wheel… the old wheel still goes OK!”