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July 2, 2015


KXT Presents: Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones Tour w/ Craig Finn

When: Thursday, July 2
Where: Trees Dallas
Times: Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: $15 | All-Ages


Heartless Bastards have spent the past decade in motion, boldly pushing their unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll into new shapes over four acclaimed albums and nearly non-stop roadwork. Now, with RESTLESS ONES, the band sets out once again, blazing a path to a place of shifting moods, seasoned songcraft, and unbridledspontaneity. Heartless Bastards’ fifth studio recording and follow-up  to  2012’s  breakthrough  ARROW, the album finds singer/songwriter  Erika Wennerstrom  exploring  as-yet-unvisited  avenues  of  sound  and  sensation,  her  bravery  and ambition readily apparent in the emotional timbre and the sheer physicality of her songs. “Wind Up Bird”  and  “Into  The  Light”  are  straightforward  yet  stunningly sophisticated,  shot  through with layered guitars, atmospheric harmonies, hints of synth, and a powerhouse rhythm section adept at both subtle swing and heavy horsepower.  Wennerstrom’s spellbinding vocals are of course front and center, her one-of-a-kind voice as primal, cathartic, and indefinable as ever. “We  took  a lot  of  chances,” Wennerstrom  says,  “taking  the  sounds  in  different  directions in order to grow. I don’t ever want to make the same album twice.”

Now based in Austin, the band’s current incarnation – that is, guitarist Mark Nathan, bassist Jesse Ebaugh, and drummer Dave Colvin – united in 2009, touring Heartless Bastards’ acclaimed third album, THE MOUNTAIN, before hitting the studio to record ARROW. ARROW proved popular success, earning Heartless Bastards’ top album and track sales to date, fueled by multi-format rock  radio  airplay  across  the  land,  high-profile placements  on  a wide range  of  highly  rated  network programming,  rave  reviews  in  the likes  of Rolling Stone,  NPR, Entertainment  Weekly, and  show-stopping  performances  on  such  TV  shows  as NBC’s Friday Night Lights, CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman, TBS’ Conan, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The band celebrated with furious roadwork, including sold out headline tours and memorable appearances at such famed festivals as Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, Pickathon, Hangout Music Festival, Summerfest, Wakarusa  Music Festival,  Firefly  Music Festival,  and Austin’s own ACL Music Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Having spent the better  part  of  two  years  on  tour,  summer  2014  saw  Heartless  Bastards humming  on  all  cylinders  and  ready  to  commence  work on  their next  record. Wennerstrom began honing in on the myriad  ideas  she  had  accumulated,  developing melodies  and arrangements  though  not  yet committing  lyrics  to  paper.  She experimented with vowel  and consonant noises, toying with untested sounds and instrumentation.

Date: July 2, 2015 7:00 pm