Partisan Records, LLC.
Release date
14 Feb 2012
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Marathon 6:09 27,517
2 Parted Ways 4:57 30,563
3 Got to Have Rock and Roll 3:55 26,794
4 Only for You 5:08 40,821
5 Simple Feeling 4:34 13,611
6 Skin and Bone 4:00 16,729
7 The Arrow Killed the Beast 6:31 12,622
8 Late in the Night 3:59 11,449
9 Low Low Low 5:03 11,970
10 Down in the Canyon 7:35 10,300

About this album

Brimming with confidence and creativity, Arrow sees Heartless Bastards pushing their distinctive sound forward with their most eclectic, energetic collection thus far. The album – the Austin, Texas-based band’s first release with Partisan Records – is marked as ever by singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom’s remarkable voice, at turns primal and pleading, heartfelt and heroic. Songs like “Parted Ways” and the searing “Low Low Low” expertly capture the Bastards’ multi-dimensional rock in all its strength and spirit. Following upon the difficult introspection of 2009’s acclaimed third album, The Mountain, Arrow stands as a powerhouse new beginning for the Heartless Bastards.

“The Mountain was me going through some things after being in a relationship for nine years,” Wennerstrom says. “This album is kind of like me being comfortable again.”

Arrow serves as the recorded debut of the Heartless Bastards’ current iteration, their latest and greatest line-up since Wennerstrom first convened the band back in 2003. Drummer Dave Colvin and bassist Jesse Ebagh – both of whom played on the Bastards’ first-ever demo recordings – returned to the fold in order to play live behind The Mountain. Soon after embarking on tour, Wennerstrom decided to put more meat on the band’s raw bones by enlisting guitarist Mark Nathan, who had ostensibly come aboard to handle the live sound.

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  • innercityboy

    My album of the year so far...for me it's an album of two sides, the immediacy of the first five songs and then the slow build of the second half... not much filler on this one.

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • bad_flucker

    I fucking love this one n_n

    17 Apr 2012 Reply