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Stairs And Elevators

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Gray
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Onions
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New Resolution
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My Maker
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Runnin
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Autonomy
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Pass And Fail
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The Will Song
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Swamp Song
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Done Got Old
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Piano Song
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Lazy
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 42:59

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A true female rocker

caro1eb

The band is somewhat heavy-handed, but she (the vocalist) rocks. Can't decide whether the intriquing lyrics might appeal more to women than men. They certainly aren't "traditional!" I plan to download more from this band.

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Your new favorite band!!

dmojo13

This disc is a MUST own. Now! Erika is simply the best singer/songwriter to come along since Exene from X. This disc is my pick of theirs so far. If you love real rock and need a new hero, you've found her.

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Packs a punch!

DKCOMET

These Bastards are part Garage, Part Blues & Part Soul, with a touch of power trio power pop thrown it. Of their records, this is a the best one to start with. Don't skip any songs. Love them, see them.

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only 3 people?

backlitbee

a voice to shake and break walls. Erica occasionally channels Janice with a powerful bluesy wale. best straight up rock and roll band around right now? maybe. why they aren't better known is beyond me.

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good stuff

theHIP

after i got this i had it in my rotation for months. years later, it still holds up and i think its a powerful rock album. and i love her voice!

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Still growing on me

bezzantine

Got this and Mountain last month. Innovative Southern rock. The Will Song is catchy enough to get you hooked.

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START HEAR

Spidercake

Best cd2start out with. Saw them in Asheville2night. Cant describe how powerful, tight, and meaningful it was. Erika sounds better live than when recorded, f 'n amazing.Virtually no one will go wrong downloading this&all their cds, this is the best rock music for years and years. Almost every song is wide open like "smells like teen spirit" only more grounded in your soul. But at the same time, the audience had a surprisingly limited response! WTF?!#!*! Asheville is a cool place!?! Would somebody please get these guys publicity/airtime?

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my new favourite

mmerriment

I'd never heard of HB before e-music. Love them. And to the person who recommended Cold War Kids - great call, thanks.

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Excellent

EMUSIC-008CF061

This record is a 'must have' for anyone who likes straight aheasd rock..outstanding debut record.

eMusic Features

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A Field Report from the New Country

By Lenny Kaye, Contributor

Whither country music - or will it wither? Most of the c&w on strut at the recent CMA awards had more to do with 80's power-rock and 00's teen-pop than the morning farm report. In recent years, an alt-country movement in such Willy-billy suburbs as Brooklyn's Williamsburg has waved a country flag, along with a taste for trucker's caps and Pabst Blue Ribbon. This isn't a sudden outcropping on the range; ever since Gram Parsons… more »

They Say All Music Guide

The Heartless Bastards were clearly going for irony when they chose their band name — their debut album, Stairs and Elevators, makes it clear this Ohio trio has no shortage of heart, soul, muscle, and fierce passion at their disposal. While drummer Kevin Vaughn and bassist Mike Lamping give this music a very powerful backbone and a hell of a wallop, it’s guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Erika Wennerstrom who is clearly the star of this show — while some have compared her singing to Janis Joplin, Wennerstrom’s voice conjures up the same degree of rafter-rattling force without excessive histrionics or overblown blues gestures, and her guitar work is at once simple and loaded with elemental force in the manner of John Lennon or Neil Young’s less-is-more chordings. Together, the Heartless Bastards are a power trio who truly live up to the name, and while Wennerstrom’s melodies are potent, the lyrics reflect a rough-hewn humanity, documenting the thoughts and fears of a regular gal from the Midwest with clarity, compassion, and unblinking honesty. Stairs and Elevators is an album which doesn’t waste much in the way of words or musical gestures, and these recordings make the most of the band’s stark dynamics. As Wennerstrom puts it, “For every calm, there is a storm/But it is often out of view,” yet the Heartless Bastards leave all their tempests in plain sight, and the thunder of this album makes for a very impressive debut. – Mark Deming

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