Blues & Boogie Rock | Rhapsody TV
July 9, 2012
Erika Wennerstrom and Heartless Bastards are totally American: They rock, they roll, they follow their muse across the land -- mountains, sea and desert. Moreover, they're simple and immediate both emotionally and sonically, a lot like Crazy Horse, really. But they're American in another sense. Rising up from Arrow's very best tunes -- "Only For You," "Parted Ways," "Simple Feeling" -- is a thick cloud of inchoate restlessness. This isn't a lyrical component necessarily, just this weighty feeling. It's weird. Heartless Bastards aren't the heaviest band in the world, but they actually are.
You can listen to Electric Warrior for a few different reasons. First, as a document marking the heady days of glam rock, or as record that in its best moments brings back the simplicity of real rock 'n' roll, only dirtier. Or you can listen to it because the guitars sound wicked awesome. So do the drums.