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Armed with a new band lineup and a killer batch of tunes, Heartless Bastards singer/guitarist Erika Wennerstrom makes a creative breakthrough on Arrow. The elements were always there for this Ohio native—her earlier recordings with different Bastards combined working-class smarts with garage rock muscle and R&B sweat. Arrow refines and heightens these qualities thanks to the contributions of guitarist Mark Nathan, bassist Jesse Ebaugh, and drummer Dave Colvin. Wennerstrom’s emotive, angst-tinged vocals—suggestive at times of Amy Winehouse—squeeze every bit of feeling out of her downcast yet defiant lyrics. The prevailing mood here is edgy and ominous, conveyed in the trudging beat and darkly twanging guitars of “The Arrow Killed the Beast,” “Down in the Canyon,” and similar tracks. Lighter tunes like “Marathon” and “Low Low Low” achieve equal resonance with a gentler touch. Wennerstrom projects a battered but resolute persona, whether she’s accepting loss in “Parted Ways,” looking back on sweet youth in “Skin and Bone,” or seeking good times in “Got to Have Rock and Roll.”

Customer Reviews

How is it possible...?

How can more people not know about this band? Fantastic. I hope they never stop. Truly, on a different level.

Great album

I bought this on a recommendation at a local record store, one of my all time favorite albums, every song is excellent, except for 'simple feeling' which is to repetitive for me, or anybody that has listened to the album with me. Great Vocals, Laid back feel and clean guitar…Check it out if you haven't.


Pure expression of soul, power and love.


Formed: Dayton, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Anchored by the powerful vocals and incisive songwriting of Erika Wennerstrom, the Heartless Bastards are a roots rock band whose tough, emotionally resonant music incorporates elements of blues, hard rock, garage punk, and country as filtered through tales of a hardscrabble life lived in the American Midwest. Erika Wennerstrom was born in Dayton, Ohio; her parents broke up when she was nine, leaving her mother to support her and her brother. She grew up with a keen interest in music and songwriting,...
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