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#SummerofFUV Music Guide

First Spin

First Spin: Heartless Bastards

“I have awoken. The spell, it has been broken.” These are the first words Erika Wennerstrom sings in her rich and powerful alto on Heartless Bastards’ new song “Gates of Dawn.” We initially heard the song performed at SXSW this year in a special acoustic session for FUV at Hotel San Jose, and we were immediately spellbound—a feeling only magnified with the unveiling of the album version. It simultaneously announces a personal awakening and the arrival of this Austin-based band at new levels of songcraft and sonic landscapes.