On A Beautiful Life, the first Heartless Bastards album since 2015’s Restless Ones, frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom takes listeners on a journey of self-discovery. The album opener and first single, “Revolution,” serves as a clarion call to unshackle yourself from capitalism’s golden handcuffs and to look inward for true happiness. This all might sound cliche if it weren’t so beautiful. Wennerstrom’s unmistakable voice is a siren call of salvation riding waves of delicately layered psych rock. It’s a winning combo that carries the album from start to finish and urges fans to look, listen, and feel more.
The band is currently on tour in support of A Beautiful Life and stopped by Studio 1A during a recent two night stand at Antone’s. Backed by some of Austin’s best musicians, Erika performed a few songs from the new album for some lucky audience members. They kicked off with the title track “A Beautiful Life,” a perfect example of the laid back, thoughtfully crafted rock ‘n’ roll that defines the new music. Shimmering guitar swelling into revelatory vocal crescendos reminding us “It’s a beautiful life, It’s a beautiful life if you let it be.”
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Producer: Deidre Gott; Host: Jody Denberg; Audio: Jake Perlman, Rene Chavez; Cameras: Michael Minasi, Patricia Lim; Audio Mix: Rene Chavez, Edit: Patricia Lim