HearYa Live Session 41: Heartless Bastards

by oz on March 5, 2009

Heartless Bastards

Two words: Erika Wennerstrom.

I’m not saying that the rest of the band is insignificant. They are great, but damn Erika can sing and play. I’m from Ohio and went to college near Dayton and Cincinnati, where Heartless Bastards originated, and its safe to say that the band is an anomaly coming out of the Southern Ohio music scene. Like Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys from the northern reaches of the Buckeye State, Erika seems to channel the Delta Blues ghosts with vocals that you wouldn’t expect coming out of a white girl from the Midwest.

Heartless Bastards are buzzing all over the internet, just had their first network television appearance on Letterman and are a must-see act in Austin for SxSW due mostly to their phenomenal release The Mountain. If you can’t catch them in Austin or when they pass through town, enjoy some live studio tracks and a nice video, courtesy of Steve Shirk who continues to outdo himself.

PS: I’m now daydreaming of an Erika Wennerstrom/Dan Auerbach love child. If you guys read this, just give it some thought. I’ll pre-order the album right now. I’m just saying.

Exclusive: Heartless Bastards – Out To Sea

Exclusive: Heartless Bastards – Sway

Exclusive: Heartless Bastards – Hold Your Head High

Exclusive: Heartless Bastards – Early In The Morning

Exclusive: Heartless Bastards – So Quiet

Download them all in a zip.

Video: Heartless Bastards – Hold Your Head High (live at Shirk Music + Sound)

Heartless Bastards – Hold Your Head High – HearYa Live Session from HearYa.com on Vimeo.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

brendan March 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

great session. love this band.

Vanessa March 5, 2009 at 9:04 am


kup man March 5, 2009 at 10:02 am

thanks so much. this is great

christy March 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

thanks a ton for these downloads. i saw them a few weeks ago at the gravity lounge in charlottesville, va – i was right up front. they were so fantastic i wasn’t even pissed when i realized the never played “all this time”.

that voice of hers is simply amazing.

my humble review of that show

Woody March 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

I am gutted I missed this session. In the end, it is probably a good thing as I would have been following Erika around like a puppy dog.

Drinking Buddy March 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I love the video, really do. Simply amazing. Great job Shirkland.

Clarence July 3, 2009 at 7:37 am

Great band, great music. Erika’s voice reminds me so much of the late Karen Dalton, it’s amazing. Hope they come over to Europe some day.

macias monsivais victor hugo July 20, 2009 at 1:42 pm

EXCELENTE , la musica de H bastards me parece de lo mejor ,cuando los escuche por vez primera me facinaron y ahora estoy esperando que el CD llegue a Saltillo, Coahuila México, pronto serán tan famosos como (colplay,sólo como referencia)

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