Heartless Bastards: Catching up with Erika Wennerstrom before Bunbury Festival

'Wanted to do music since I wanted to do anything'

CINCINNATI -- Even though the Heartless Bastards left Cincinnati more than seven years ago, the now Austin, Texas-based group is still quick to claim the Queen City as home.

"I just find that it’s where we started...it’s like I’m always going to think of Guns N' Roses as being from L.A. and The Replacements being from Minneapolis. I don’t even know if they live in those towns anymore, but doesn’t change the fact that’s where they started," said front woman Erika Wennerstrom.

The self-described eclectic rock band features Wennerstrom's wide-ranging, melodic vocals. And she and bandmates come home as Bunbury Music Festival's main attraction Friday night.

Say Heartless Bastards and those who know the band immediately think of Wennerstrom's voice.

"Singer Erika Wennerstrom has this way of transforming ordinary words into majestic creations. She lingers over her phrases, elongating syllables, bending and twisting them until you wonder if she could possibly sing them the same way twice,'' wrote National Public Radio reviewer Tom Moon in a 2012 review: "There are times when it sounds like she's caught the essence of rock 'n' roll in a bottle — or she's channeling Jim Morrison."

WCPO Insiders can read more about how the band got its start, what's next for them and the can't-miss places Wennerstrom visits when she comes back to Cincinnati.

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