There’s something somewhat frightening, yet utterly freeing when leaving the confines of a successful band to venture solo — especially a band whose latest record was called “effortlessly brilliant” by critics. But, such is the case with Erika Wennerstrom who is taking a brief vacation from her Cincinnati-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver her solo debut Sweet Unknown.
But fans of Heartless Bastards need not worry. The band has not broken up. “We’d been going for so long and everyone in the band was just ready for a little break. But I had songs in me that needed to come out. I didn’t think it was fair to push them to keep going and I didn’t want to do it without them under the band name,” explains Wennerstrom, who enlisted the help of HB’s Jesse Ebaugh to play bass on 8 of the 9 tracks on Sweet Unknown.
While Wennerstrom has always been honest in the Heartless Bastards songs she’s written, the 9 tracks that make up Sweet Unknown are even more personal and reflective, and for her, quite transformative as well. Erika bravely invites the listener in to experience her trials and tribulations of life amidst a lush soundscape of deeply emotive vocals and melodies to what is ultimately the soundtrack to her soul.
FRI MAR 16 – Sion CH, Le Port Franc
SAT MAR 17 – Parma IT, Milk Party
TUE MAR 20 – Zurich CH, Rote Fabrik
WED MAR 21 – Berlin DE, Quasimodo
THU MAR 22 – Hamburg DE, Hafenklang
FRI MAR 23 – Stockholm SE, Melodybox
SAT MAR 24 – Goteborg SE, Truck Stop Alaska
TUE MAR 27 – Nottingham UK, The Chameleon
WED MAR 28 – Glasgow UK, Sleazy’s
THU MAR 29 – Newcastle UK, Cluny
FRI MAR 30 – London UK, Oslo
SAT MAR 31 – Leeds UK, Headrow House
WED APR 4 – Paris FR, Supersonic
THU APR 5 – Arras FR, Maison de l’etudiant
FRI APR 6 – Glarus CH, Veka
SAT APR 7 – Milan IT, Ohibo
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