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Heartless Bastards

For their fifth album the rootsy rockers from Ohio ‘take stock’, and cycle through pecan orchards.

Erika Wennerstrom is feeling zoned-out. Normally, the Heartless Bastards frontwoman seeks her escapism fix with hikes in West Texas's Big Bend, but today she’s just returned from an Ayahuasca retreat in Peru – a centre for shamanic healing. “I’d heard it was meant to be really good for purging your soul of a lot of stuff,” she says, deep-voiced although less androgynous-soundings than her dulcet singing tones. “I tend to get restless working at home; I almost feel like I look for distractions to avoid writing!”

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