“Within 30 minutes of uploading their first demo online, the London band were discovered. When you hear them perform, it’s easy to see why.” – Telegraph
There’s no doubt that 2017 has been a whirlwind year for folk-Americana group The Wandering Hearts. Having released their first EP Burning Bridges in November, and with a string of high profile performances under their belt, The Wandering Hearts are now kicking off 2018 with their debut album Wild Silence, out on Decca Records on 9 February 2018. The band will also go into the New Year winning the coveted Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at The UK Americana Awards 2018.
A tale that seems too unbelievable to be true, The Wandering Hearts in fact met almost by chance and were discovered 26 minutes after uploading their first ever demo to SoundCloud, recorded only the second time the band had met to rehearse together. Their shared passion for Americana, vocal harmonies and gin drew them together two years ago, and one afternoon in an empty bar room of the Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End, The Wandering Hearts were born. The band signed a major recording deal with Decca Records shortly after.
Over the past year, The Wandering Hearts have built a loyal fan base with their signature sound that transcends the boundaries of genre – and this is what makes them so special. Handpicked by Bob Harris OBE himself, the ‘Emerging Artist’ prize at the UK Americana Awards celebrates the breakthrough act that has particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year. The award ceremony will take place at Hackney Empire on 1 February 2018, where the band will accept their award and perform live – “We are overwhelmed to be acknowledged at this stage of our career and to be recognised by the legend that is Bob Harris, makes it even more incredible.”
Wild Silence promises to be a thrilling debut album from the quartet. With their seamless vocal harmonies, The Wandering Hearts are reminiscent of First Aid Kit and Of Monsters and Men, whilst channelling Fleetwood Mac’s pop sensibility and the storytelling of Chris Stapleton, all the while keeping their British roots at their heart. Band members AJ, Chess, Tim and Tara are all grafters – working hard to hone their skills as musicians and songwriters, and the standard is there to be seen. Their debut album showcases the band’s knack for telling heartfelt stories through their lyrics, and is a perfect balance of catchy, up-tempo numbers, such as ‘Fire & Water’ and ’Rattle’, and flawless harmony-led ballads, such as ‘If I Fall’ and ‘Laid In The Ground’, for which the band have become renowned. The album features previous releases ‘Wish I Could’, ‘Devil’ and ‘Burning Bridges’ which have become rapturously received favourites during the band’s live shows this year.
Speaking of the album, The Wandering Hearts say, ““The title track ‘Wild Silence’ is about an unspoken, unexplainable bond that draws people together. You don’t know why or how, all you know is that you can’t ignore or fight it. Everyone can relate to this feeling, and as a band we certainly can, so we felt it was a fitting title for the album as a whole. We met almost serendipitously two years ago and since then, we have built a deep, often unspoken connection and understanding of one another.
“We are so grateful for the support we have received in such a short amount of time together as a band. We have worked hard on this album and are so excited to be able to share it with people!”
The Wandering Hearts wrote and recorded the majority of their debut album at east London recording studio, The Premises with producer Pete Hammerton. In-between recording dates, the band played their second sold out show in London at The Borderline and performed at summer festivals across the country, including British Summer Time Festival Hyde Park – sharing the bill with the late Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and label-mates The Lumineers – a highlight of 2017 for the band. In the autumn, they joined the legendary Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives on their UK tour, during which, Marty personally invited them to join him on tour in Nashville in June 2018.
To coincide with the release of their album, The Wandering Hearts have announced their first UK headline tour in February and March 2018, including London’s Bush Hall. Their albumWild Silence will be released on 9 February 2018.
- Wish I Could
- Fire and Water
- If I Fall
- Change For The Good
- Biting Through The Wires
- Wild Silence
- Laid In The Ground
- Burning Bridges
- Heartbreak Hotel