Erika Wennerstrom, vocalist and guitarist of Heartless Bastards, blends a liberal splash of blues into her roots-rock tunes. Her raspy, soulful voice is not that different from what you hear from neo-soul sisters such asAdele. Her approach, however, is considerably more raw and raucous.
Today's free nugget of sound is an advance track from the Austin-based band's fourth long player, "Arrow." The CD is scheduled for a Feb. 14 release.
The tune "Parted Ways" is yours now, in exchanage for your email address. Go here to submit your request for the track.
Here are parts of a press release about the album and the band's upcoming tour.
Partisan Records is excited to announce that the Austin, TX-based Heartless Bastards have confirmed the first of many North American tours to support their new record, Arrow, due out February 14, 2012. The tour begins February 7 in Little Rock, AR, and ends in Austin at SXSW. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, December 3 ...
Arrow will be released by the popular Brooklyn-based indie Partisan Records; the album was produced by Spoon drummer/co-producer Jim Eno at his Public Hi-Fi home studio in Austin. Brimming with confidence and creativity, Arrow sees Heartless Bastards pushing their distinctive sound forward with their most eclectic, energetic collection thus far. Marked as ever by singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom's remarkable voice - at turns primal and pleading, heartfelt and heroic - it expertly captures the Austin, Texas-based band's multi-dimensional rock in all its strength and spirit. Arrow follows upon the difficult introspection of 2009's acclaimed third album, The Mountain, standing tall as a powerhouse new beginning for Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards.
Arrow serves as the recorded debut of the Heartless Bastards' current iteration, their latest and greatest line-up since Wennerstrom first convened the band back in 2003. Drummer Dave Colvin and bassist Jesse Ebagh - both of whom played on the Bastards' first-ever demo recordings - returned to the fold in order to play live behind The Mountain. Soon after embarking on tour, Wennerstrom decided to put more meat on the band's raw bones by enlisting guitarist Mark Nathan, who had ostensibly come aboard to handle the live sound.
Full tour itinerary is below:
7 Little Rock, AR Juanitas
8 St. Louis, MO Firebird
9 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
10 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
11 Madison, WI High Noon
13 Louisville, KY Headliners
14 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
16 Columbus, OH The Basement
17 Cincinnati, OH The Madison Theatre
18 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
19 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
20 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
23 Boston, MA Middle East - Downstairs
24 New York, NY Webster Hall
25 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
27 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
29 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
1 Chapel Hill, NC Cat's Cradle
2 Atlanta, GA The Earl
3 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
6 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
8 Fayetteville, AR George's Majestic
9 Fort Worth, TX Lola's
10 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
West coast tour dates for the spring of 2012 will be announced shortly.
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