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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Shows: Heartless Bastard@The Murat

Ohio natives Heartless Bastards will be playing in Indy in Friday September 7th 2012.

The Heartless Bastards, who are coming to the Old National Center (aka The Egyptian Room at The Murat) for First Friday Food Truck Fest in Indy on Friday September 7th 2012. They are a power trio whose members include singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter Erika Wennerstrom and her brother who were raised by a single mom in Dayton, Ohio.

Wennerstrom discovered her interest in music at a young age, but she always preferred writing her own songs as opposed to singing Disney tunes in school productions. Wennerstrom dropped out of her Catholic high school her senior year, and began concentrating more on music. After a few years of working dead-end jobs in Dayton, Wennerstrom moved to Cincinnati, where she met bassist Mike Lamping, who was working at his family's janitorial supply company.

Wennerstrom and Lamping began performing around town as the Heartless Bastards, and quickly added drummer and pizza delivery man Kevin Vaughn to the lineup. The band began to tour, its music rooted in and heavily influenced by garage punk (MC5), indie rock (At the Drive-In), soul (Otis Redding), roots rock (Neil Young), and blues (Leadbelly). The Heartless Bastards eventually were signed to Fat Possum Records, which released both the band's 2005 debut, Stairs and Elevators, and it's break through follow-up album All This Time, a year later, continuing with The Mountain in 2009. Arrow, the group's new album was released on February 2012 and is an incredibly strong album.

The Heartless Bastards will also be appearing at the Headliners in Louisville on September 8th and in Downtown Dayton at the Revival Music Festival September 9th.


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