Justin Garner and Nick Barker have been playing together on and off for 10 years - Nick producing Justin's band Southpaw's debut album and Justin playing on Nick's last solo record. Nick is no stranger to the Aussie music scene releasing countless band and solo albums and winning fans across the country with his no bull approach and dirty riffs that resonate with his loyal fan base. The last 18 months have seen them hunched over acoustic guitars, hammering a bunch of great ideas into songs. Justin loves Aerosmith and the Allmans, Nick loves the Replacements and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; so this self-titled album has resulted and is a collision of all. Adding long time friend and collaborator "VENOM" on drums and Michael Hubbard (Downhills Home, Eagle and the Worm) to the mix, "The Heartache State" was recorded live with friend Shane O'Mara producing at his Yikesville Studio. They're not reinventing the wheel... the old wheel still goes OK! Proudly available on Golden Robot Records.
Indie rockers at heart, The Heartache State style is straight guitar band rock with some country flavours. Just like the band’s name, songs about love, or the lack of it, are woven into rock melodies with exciting bursts of energy.
The Heartache State are planning to write and record their follow up album in early 2016 for GRR followed by a national tour to support it. We are very excited to have this old school rock n roll Aussie band on our label and look forward to presenting their new album to you in the near future.