Hailing from the land of beer, bourbon, and frustration

I got the title of this post from a piece in the Village Voice about the band I'm going to see this Saturday. The Heartless Bastards are from our very own Cincinnati, but have been getting a ton of national press lately. I'm going to see them at Alchemize so I can go on and on about how I saw them in a little club before they made it big. Also, their music's good.

The lead singer, Erika Wennerstrom, has vocal stylings that have been compared to Robert Plant and Janis Joplin. To me they sound like the Kings of Leon with a female lead singer. Erika also used to be a bartender at the Northside Tavern - a bar forever known to my friends and me as the place where Reid ate a live cicada.

Also playing on the Saturday bill is Staggering Statistics. I saw them at the MidPoint Music Fest last year and they were awesome. They kind of sound like Pearl Jam covering The Byrds.

Staggering Statistics greatest claim to fame is probably their bass player, John Curley. He used to be the bass player for the Afghan Whigs and he still does all kinds of musical stuff in Cincinnati. I love him because he plays a Rickenbacker bass and we all know how awesome those things sound.

So I'm looking forward to a rockin' weekend! We're also going to a Reds game but hope has dwindled for our once mighty Big Red Machine. Save us Pete Rose!

I also got the new CD from The National. I'll have more on that later...


Kelly said...

I wish to tag along to alchemize, but I'll be at Riverbend till whenever. When does the show start?

Eileen said...

The show starts at 9:30 but there are two openers (including Staggering Statistics) so I don't know what time The Heartless Bastards will go on. I got the last two tickets at Shake It Records but that doesn't mean the show is sold out. You can always give me a call if you get out of Riverbend early.