Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)

Twist and Shout Presents

Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)

Tuesday, 11/20

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 - $17

This event is 16 and over

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Erika Wennerstrom
Erika Wennerstrom
There's something somewhat frightening, yet utterly liberating when leaving the
confines of a successful band to venture solo — especially a band whose latest record
was called "effortlessly brilliant" by critics. But, such is the case with Erika Wennerstrom
who is taking a break from her Austin-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver her
solo debut Sweet Unknown.

"It was a really freeing experience," reveals the singer/songwriter/guitarist. "I
found my strength in my vulnerability as an artist, and really, just as a person. It kind of
forced me to allow myself to be a little more exposed and stand on my own two feet. It's
easy to feel comfortable in a band, but it's scary to do it as just yourself. I feel like I've
grown a lot creatively and personally."

But fans of Heartless Bastards — which has released five critically- acclaimed
albums since their 2003 inception, appeared on many late night television shows, and has
drawn praise from Rolling Stone, Time, New York Times — need not worry. The band has
not broken up. "We'd been going for so long and everyone in the band was just ready for
a little break. But I had songs in me that needed to come out. I didn't think it was fair to
push them to keep going and I didn't want to do it without them under the band name,"
explains Wennerstrom, who enlisted the help of HB's Jesse Ebaugh to play bass on 8 of
the 9 tracks on Sweet Unknown.

Fans can also rest assured that what they've grown to love about Wennerstrom's
music is still front-and-center. Her trademark vocals that NPR so aptly calls "warm yet
gritty, throaty yet sweet, gigantic, yet intimate" are that... times 10. And the bluesy, rock
vibes that Relix describes as "smoky, late night [rock] that exists somewhere between
Royal Trux and the Rolling Stones" has only gotten smokier and bluesier.

So, what is the difference? "It's just more of me," she says. "It's as simple as that. I
was able to get deeper and you get another level of my heart and soul. And, it's really
about my journey of self-awareness and healing and finding acceptance and self-love. It's
very empowering."

While Wennerstrom has always been honest in the Heartless Bastards songs she's
written, the 9 tracks that make up Sweet Unknown are even more personal and reflective,
and for her, quite transformative as well.

"When I started writing this record, I thought about how maybe the struggles I've
had at times in my life, and with writing, could be changed if I could put my energy and
message towards others, but what I got was the most self healing I've ever had through
the creative process. My positive message to others became my own mantra. It's like how
sometimes we need to start listening to our own advice, and singing these songs
repeatedly has given myself a message I need to hear when I sing them over and over
again," she explains.
Venue Information:
Globe Hall
4483 Logan Street
Denver, CO, 80216