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 back in November, and with a string of high profile performances under their belt, the band are now kicking off 2018 with their debut album Wild Silence, out on Decca Records on 9 February 2018.
Wild Silence promises to be a thrilling debut album from The Wandering Hearts. With 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.
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!” they continue.
The band 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 stage with the late and great Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and label-mates The Lumineers. 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.
The quartet will also go into the New Year winning the coveted Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at The UK Americana Awards 2018. 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.” The band have said about receiving the award.
Back in November the band announced a string of headline shows across the UK this spring including a show at London’s Bush Hall to finish it all off. Support comes from Texas musician Jarrod Dickenson for the London show.
Here are those dates:
18 February – The Louisiana, Bristol
19 February – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
21 February – The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
22 February – Gullivers, Manchester
23 February – Broadcast, Glasgow
01 March – Bush Hall, London