Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards)

Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards)

Quarter Mile Thunder

Thu, December 14, 2017

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$15.00

Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards)
Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards)
Erika Wennerstrom is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Heartless Bastards. After spending the past decade touring with her band, Heartless Bastards, and pushing their unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll into new shapes over five acclaimed albums Erika is taking some time off to explore new directions and work on her upcoming solo album.

Heartless Bastards’ have had a successful past few years and all are excited to explore new avenues for a bit while they take a much needed break. After achieving multi-format rock radio airplay across the land, high-profile placements on a wide range of highly rated network programming, rave reviews in the likes of Rolling Stone, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and show-stopping performances on such TV shows as NBC’s Friday Night Lights, CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman, TBS’ Conan, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! the timing could not feel more right for Erika to explore new avenues for her writing and creativity.
Quarter Mile Thunder
Quarter Mile Thunder
Storied Midwestern songsmith Ben Clarke’s latest LP as Quarter Mile Thunder, Bucking The Tiger, delves deeper into the softly electrified pastoral Americana he’s been pursuing for over half a decade, inspired by everything from delta blues and Talk Talk to Townes Van Zandt and Spiritualized. Across seven songs the album unfurls a pensive, layered, and personal vision of country-leaning roots music, a culmination of Clarke’s journey as a songwriter.

Recorded and assembled at an array of acclaimed studios – including his late mentor Jay Bennett’s Pieholden Suite Sound in Chicago, Elliot Smith’s New Monkey in Los Angeles, and Key Club in Benton Harbour, Michigan – Tiger also benefited from additional production contributions by Father John Misty collaborator (and Clarke’s ex-bandmate) David Vandervelde. A respected solo artist in his own right for the Secretly Canadian label, Vandervelde’s assistance with arrangements helped distill the melodies into organic, emotive narratives, ideally suited for Clarke’s uniquely spacious vocal phrasings.

Clarke cites a severe work injury to his hand as having a formative effect on his current songwriting. Across the eight-month recovery process, which required two surgeries, he was confined to an arm brace that decisively hindered his guitar playing. But the limitations ultimately proved a revelation: “The slower pace allowed me to focus more keenly on my vocals, and I began adding longer spaces in my compositions – letting my words hang in the air. This gave me a greater sense of time and feel for my music.” The ordeal revitalized his creative spirit, sowing the seeds for the unhurried elegance and easy grace of Bucking The Tiger.

Big Star Recording Co. is a new venture via renowned Chicago chef Paul Kahan’s beloved Wicker Park taqueria, Big Star, which plays and champions vinyl from an extensive in-house collection. Their stated mission is to “publish current artists and re-release forgotten acts whose work inspires and moves us.” Bucking The Tiger is their inaugural release.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com