One of the executive producers on Friday Night Lights, Jeff Reiner, turned me on to The Heartless Bastards in 2006 and boom, I was in love with their sound.
Sharp, smart, indie rock that rocked as much as it moved me emotionally. I immediately thought lead singer Erika Wennerstrom’s voice was especially unique. And, as Music Supervisor for FNL, I was happy we were able to use their tunes several times throughout the series and they even performed on camera for us too!
Last time we heard from the Austin-based band was in 2009 and, right on time for everyone’s least/most favorite heart-baring holiday, they have a new full-length coming on Valentines Day, Feb 14.
It’s called “Arrow” and, true to form, it’s every bit as good as the last three. I was immediately drawn to this song, “Only For You”. I can’t get it out of my head although I wouldn’t attempt it in karaoke, some tough notes to hit.
Stream “Only For You“:
DJ Anne Litt and I are kind of freaking over this song and we’ve both given it some spins. Everyone I play it for kind of freaks out over it too. This girl can sing, and she and her band can write!
- Liza Richardson