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