With so many huge acts in and out of our doors, it’s easy to forget those that are out there, tirelessly working their way up to the top who deserve your attention. This week, we’re putting the spotlight on Americana quartet, The Wandering Hearts.
For Fans Of: Mumford and Sons, Fleetwood Mac, First Aid Kit
Essential Listening: ‘Fire And Water’, ‘Devil’, ‘Burning Bridges’
When most artists, bands or musicians upload their music online, they could only dream of being discovered as quickly as The Wandering Hearts did. After a mere half hour of having their first songs uploaded, the four-piece Americana / folk-pop group had garnered enough interest to land them a record deal.
Picking up from where the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and The Staves left off, The Wandering Hearts combine breathtaking vocal harmonies, rip-roaring melodies and a southern country twang that could easily have come straight out of Nashville, rather than North London, and it’s this unique, modern twist on country music which grabbed the attention of many in the industry. As 2018 sees country music leave a cowboy boot-shaped stamp on the mainstream, with Kacey Musgraves, Ward Thomas and even Kiefer Sutherland all breaking down the barriers, The Wandering Hearts are a fresh and exciting addition, offering an easy introduction to the world of Americana for those who haven’t quite discovered it yet.
Signing to Decca Records shortly after their first rehearsals together, it wasn’t long before their debut single ‘I Wish I Could’ arrived, with its gentle guitar guiding you through and the chiming “woah-oh-oh-oh” of the chorus encouraging sing-a-longs whenever performed live. ‘Devil’ came next, offering a foot-stomping, hand-clapping pop delight which proved the bands ability to create songs that appeal to the masses, whilst still retaining their roots. From there, things have only continued to get bigger and better for Tara, Tim, AJ and Chess, and just one look at their calendar from the past few months will have you feeling exhausted.
Their debut album, Wild Silence landed in February and it was full to bursting of uplifting anthems, like opener ‘Rattle’ and the infectious, yodel-inducing ‘Fire And Water’, whilst still delivering the heart-warming folk ballads that let their harmonies shine.
Shortly after its release, the band won the coveted Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at The UK Americana Awards 2018 and the album hit the top spot on the Official Country Album Chart, where it stayed for three weeks and still remains within the Top 15. Their summer so far has involved a triumphant trip to Nashville and performances at festival after festival after festival, including the newly born Black Deer festival and the noteworthy Latitude, BBC Big Weekend and British Summer Time Hyde Park.
Just like their music, their live shows are always bubbling with energy and their voices fill each and every room they perform in. Having already sold out numerous headline dates across the UK, including four nights in London, the demand for the quartet is reaching fever level. The speed at which The Wandering Hearts’ career is accelerating means it won’t be long before they’re playing some of the biggest venues all over the world, and they’re kicking things off with their largest headline run to date this December – Merry Christmas!
So, if you want to foot-stomp and yodel your night away, then join The Wandering Hearts at one of the following live dates:
Arts Club, Liverpool: Saturday 1 December Buy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Wednesday 5 December Buy Tickets
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