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- Posted on Nov 18th 2009 4:00PM by Justin Jacobs
The only time the band had a moment to breathe was, well, each night when the headlining band played. The Bastards, who've been gaining more and more recognition this year, didn't headline a single full tour all year, which is, according to singer Erika Wennerstrom, all part of the plan.
"For the first two albums we didn't do a lot of touring as openers. We toured with Drive-By Truckers after the first one [2005's 'Stairs and Elevators'] and Lucinda Williams for the second [2006's 'All This Time']," Wennerstrom tells Spinner. "So for this album, we just wanted to get out there and have as many new people as possible see us."
In an age when rock 'n' roll recognition often spreads fast, the Heartless Bastards refuse to play the fame-grab game. Wennerstrom insisted that the band take it slow, building a fan base in the old-fashioned way -- by touring with as many bands as possible for as long as they can. The plan seems to be working, as the band has planned its first headlining tour behind 'The Mountain' for early next year, with A.A. Bondy signed on for several shows.
"We'll know more when we go back out on our town tour, but I'm pretty sure that we've made a lot of new fans this year," said Wennerstrom. "But it feels like it's all been working."