Heartless Bastards “Photograph” – This is It

Photo: Aaron Conway

Do you believe in the redemptive power of rock?  We do.  And without disparaging all those Pandemic Songs and lockdown albums, we’ve got to say that ‘Photograph‘ is exactly the music that we’ve been waiting for, for so long.  Vast in concept, powerful in delivery and the time change half way through made us weak at the knees.  It’s one of those songs that we can only advise you to stop reading this and hit play – these words will still be here when you’ve got the time for them.

This new song from Heartless Bastards is taken from the album ‘A Beautiful Life‘, that we’ve been waiting five long years for – that’s how long it is since their last release.  The album will be out on September 10th  on Sweet Unknown Records/Thirty Tigers.  It’s an album that aims for positivity – as frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom says: “It’s becoming harder and harder to choose a simple life; so many people struggle to get ahead so they don’t get left behind.  I believe that a truly elevated, conscious society is one that seeks to lift each other up—one where we work for the common good.”    You can certainly hear that philosophy on ‘Photograph.

‘A Beautiful Life’ wasco-produced by Wennerstrom and Kevin Ratterman (Strand Of Oaks, Jim James, White Reaper), and the album sees a powerhouse line-up of a band comprising guitarist Lauren Gurgiolo (Okkervil River), drummer Greggory Clifford (White Denim), multi-instrumentalist Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), keyboardist Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), guitarist David Pulkingham (Patty Griffin), and longtime Heartless Bastards bassist Jesse Ebaugh.  And – and we can’t emphasize this too much – they sound awesome.



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25 Bristol Exchange
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29 Liverpool District
30 Manchester Deaf Institute


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?
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