There was lots of critical acclaim for Stairs, including raves from Rolling Stone and The Village Voice. The group's uncomplicated, straight-ahead style (along with those fab press clippings) took them from being a regional band to a national act -- an admittedly indie national act, but national nonetheless. Now the group's second CD, All This Time, proves that the Bastards have some staying power. Driving guitar riffs, intelligent lyrics and Wennerstrom's haunting vocals are standard for the Bastards. This is rock made the old-fashioned way, with melodies that make you want to move and lyrics that actually mean something.
By the way, the band's name is supposedly no indication of the group's sensitivity or condition of birth; Wennerstrom heard the term as an answer to the trivia question "What's the name of Tom Petty's backing band?" One of the incorrect answers was "Tom Petty and the Heartless Bastards."