One click on the Web site (www.theheartlessbastards.com) of Ohio-based band The Heartless Bastards will likely cause you (like countless others before you) to wonder where they came up with that name (click on the "Band" link to find out). A dragonfly motif dots the pages, and singer Erika Wennstrom's voice is exactly the opposite of heartless. The second her throaty voice pours out of the speakers, you'll realize it doesn't matter what they call themselves. What matters is that the Bastards have one of the most unique and revolutionary sounds since grunge hit the scene. And they have Wennerstrom's voice.
Together since 2003, the Bastards are now Wennerstrom on vocals, guitar and piano; Mike Lamping on bass and Kevin Vaughn on drums and percussion. They released Stairs and Elevators in 2005 to a great deal of critical acclaim. Their highly anticipated second release, All This Time, is as provocative, if not more, than the first and will have fans and critics alike telling everyone about this band. They've been featured on NPR's All Things Considered; Bill Werde of Rolling Stone compared Wennerstrom's voice to Robert Plant's and said, "... The Heartless Bastards are a small band who are ready to show the big city no mercy." Boise may not be the big city Werde had in mind, but I dare you to go to a Heartless Bastards show and not feel like you're at the beginning of something big.
The Bastards share the stage with Americana rock crooners the Drams, known for their hooky songs and rocking rhythms.
Wed., Jan. 31, $5, 9 p.m., Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.