The Heartless Bastards and Friends – A Brief Review

October 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm (Uncategorized)

Argh. Another review that got away from me. I hope to have that Widowspeak review up tomorrow because there’s a Luna one coming soon too.

The Heartless Bastards played this year’s TURF festival, but in a nice little bonus, the organizers (I assume) also arranged club dates for some of the acts, so we got the chance to see them in a somewhat more intimate setting. And the Horseshoe Tavern is certainly that.

Opening the show were Alberta Cross, a country-rock band from the UK , though now based in Brooklyn. They played a brief rootsy set that owed a debt to Whiskeytown. Nice.

If the truth be told, it wasn’t the Heartless Bastards I cam to see, but the middle act of the night, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. I fell in love with this lot earlier this year and saw the expanded set at a show at Lee’s Palace. The three sibling band was joined on stage by mum and dad who played bass and guitar respectively and Tan Tan on trumpet. The set and even the stage banter were pretty much the same as the Lee’s set, but who cares? The mix of blues, salsa, jazz, rockabilly and more is irresistible. I almost left after their set, thinking that would be the peak.

It was, but that doesn’t mean the Heartless Bastards were a disappointment. They were. I’ve seen the band three times now (once opening for the Decemberists and a headlining set at the Horseshoe). The animated blues rock and Erika Wennestrom’s stage presence make their sets an experience.

It’s not often that you get to see three great bands in a small club. If you were there, you did well; if you weren’t, better luck next time.


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