British folk-Americana quartet The Wandering Hearts have landed the No.1 spot on the UK Official Country Albums Chart with their debut album Wild Silence, out this week on Decca Records.
The band are set to embark on a sold-out UK tour this weekend, including a date at London’s Bush Hall – their third sold-out London headline show to date.
Of their chart success, The Wandering Hearts said: “We are blown away by the overwhelming support for Wild Silence. Thank you so much to everyone who has gone out and bought our debut album. What a way to kick-start our tour on Sunday!”
Earlier this month, the band won the coveted Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at The UK Americana Awards 2018, an award handpicked by the music legend himself. The band also performed their current single ‘Burning Bridges’, and joined Imelda May, Mumford and Sons and Robert Plant on stage for a rendition of the late Tom Petty’s ‘Wildflowers’.
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 band have built a loyal fan base with their signature sound that transcends the boundaries of genre – and this is what makes them so special. 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.
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.
“Their music is a British twist on everything you love about the classic Fleetwood Mac plus some of the finest harmonies you’ll have heard in years.” – Record Of The Day