April Block Party Featured Album of the Month

If you’re a fan of the Block Party (weeknights from 8pm-12am EST) on 91.3fm, each month we feature one of the artists featured on the Block Party as an Album of the Month with a New or Renewing Membership to WYEP. The Block Party Featured Album is available in CD format for a $60 donation to WYEP or on vinyl for your gift of $75. April''s Block Party Featured Album of the Month is Arrow by Heartless Bastards. Become a WYEP Member at wyep.org and grab a copy as your thank you gift this month.

Arrow review by WYEP Programming Intern Arielle Klein: With new producer Jim Eno of Spoon, Heartless Bastard’s fourth album, Arrow, highlights the unity of the reformulated band. Through Erika Wennerstrom’s minimalist lyrics, the album tells the tale of a band on tour, of the necessity of a solid rock beat, the open road, and someone to share it with. The album starts out punchy with songs like “Parted Ways” and “Got To Have Rock and Roll”. The excitement and momentum of the band’s recent success is evident with their new found conventional rock sound. As the album progresses the band utilizes more profound lyrics and sprawling instrumental sections. Wennerstrom’s nostalgia for the old days in the second half of the CD cues in the banjo and the Bastards’ original blues inspired twang. While Wennerstrom’s voice is usually the focal point, the instrumental sections are powerful, overshadowing the forlorn lyrics with crisp entrancing interludes. The Heartless Bastards may still be finding where they belong in the rock schema, but wherever they are headed Arrow makes their listeners ready to stay on for the ride. Pick up a copy of Arrow by Heartless Bastards with your Membership today at wyep.org.