Arrow

Brimming with confidence and creativity, Arrow sees Heartless Bastards pushing their distinctive sound forward with their most eclectic, energetic collection thus far. The album – the Austin, Texas-based band’s first release with Partisan Records – is marked as ever by singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom’s remarkable voice, at turns primal and pleading, heartfelt and heroic. Songs like “Parted Ways” and the searing “Low Low Low” expertly capture the Bastards’ multi-dimensional rock in all its strength and spirit. Following upon the difficult introspection of 2009’s acclaimed third album, The MountainArrow stands as a powerhouse new beginning for the Heartless Bastards.

Back in Fall 2010, Wennerstrom embarked on the first of what would be several solo road trips designed to clear the cobwebs and help focus her songwriting. She visited friends and family in Ohio, hung out at All Tomorrow’s Parties in the Catskills, spent alone time in Arkansas, a ranch in West Texas, and even a lake cabin in the Allegheny Mountains.

“It was really nice,” she says. “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.”

2011 saw the Heartless Bastards hitting the highway once more, taking the opportunity to road-test Wennerstrom’s new songs on a bare-bones “acoustic” tour as well on a series of dates supporting Drive-By Truckers. The band set to work on Arrow just two short days after their return to Austin, a revved-up, well-oiled rock ‘n’ roll machine.

“We just went right in,” Wennerstrom says. “There’s a definite sound that comes from a band that’s been on the road and I really feel like it’s translated on the album.”

The band spent the next month with producer Jim Eno at his Public Hi-Fi home studio. Eno – known far and wide as the drummer in Spoon – guided the Bastards through the recording process, helping them to infuse their myriad influences and ambitions into the songs.

The result is a showcase of the depth and breadth of the band’s indelible sound, with songs like “Got To Have Rock and Roll” and “Down In The Canyon” lighting upon spaghetti western film scores, Seventies soul, psychedelia, funk, blues, glam, and mudhole-stomping hard rock. Arrow sees the Heartless Bastards doing what all great bands do – furthering their artistic scope with each successive effort. With its impressive range and undeniable vigor, the album flies straight, honest and true, the finest distillation yet of this extraordinary rock ‘n’ roll band’s fiery, unforgettable sound.

CD comes with digital download (High Quality 320 kpbs MP3).

Heavyweight 180g Vinyl 2xLP comes with deluxe gatefold sleeve and includes Digital Download Card (High Quality 320 kpbs MP3).

 

Released February 14, 2012

CD - $10.00 Add to Cart
Vinyl - Gatefold 2xLP - includes digital download card - $18.00 Add to Cart

Tracklisting

Digital Album - MP3 - $8.00 Buy
Digital Album - Lossless - $9.00 Buy
Marathon (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Marathon (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
Parted Ways (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Parted Ways (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
Got To Have Rock And Roll (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Got To Have Rock And Roll (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
Only For You (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Only For You (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
Simple Feeling (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Simple Feeling (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
Skin And Bone (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Skin And Bone (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
The Arrow Killed The Beast (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
The Arrow Killed The Beast (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
Late In The Night (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Late In The Night (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
Low Low Low (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Low Low Low (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy
Down In The Canyon (MP3) - $0.99 Buy
Down In The Canyon (Lossless) - $1.29 Buy

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