With blues and rock influences, and frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom’s deep, powerful voice, the Heartless Bastards’ comprehensive sound is hard to beat. Madisonians can experience it for themselves when the band makes a stop at the High Noon Saloon on Saturday, February 11 to support their upcoming album Arrow, which drops this Valentine’s Day.
Arrow is the first album on Partisan Records for the Austin, Texas-based band, and if the first single, “Parted Ways,” is anything like the rest of the album, the collection will present lots of twangy guitars, refreshing melodies and candid lyrics.
With lines like, “I need a little bit of whiskey and a little bit of time to ease my troubled mind,” sprinkled throughout their catalog, listening to the Bastards’ music might bring on a craving for booze, but mostly it’ll cause a yearning for the open road. Wennerstrom spent the fall of 2010 traveling solo, taking road trips to Ohio, the Catskills, Arkansas and the Allegheny Mountains, and those travels served to mold the musical direction of Arrow.
“It was really nice,” Wennerstrom says about her journeys on the band’s website. “I didn’t feel like I was getting much done, but I realized that a lot of that experience ended up being reflected in the songs. I didn’t get a lot of the writing done right then, on that trip, but I feel like getting out there really helped me later on.”
This new album showcases the Bastards as a four-piece, with drummer Dave Colvin, bassist Jesse Ebaghguitarist and Mark Nathan providing a sound that’s far richer than past Bastards albums Stairs and Elevators (2005), All This Time (2006) and The Mountain (2009), all of which were on Fat Possum Records.
Get your tickets to see Heartless Bastards joined by Hacienda for their Madison show at the High Noon Saloon right here.
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