Review: The Wandering Hearts on the road to bigger things

The UK’s newest Americana-pop quartet The Wandering Hearts impressed at their sold out London headline show. 

The Wandering Hearts have been #1 in the UK country charts for the last three weeks since the release of their debut album Wild Silence – and rightfully so. With support from BBC Radio2, Bob Harris and the recent win of their Americana award, the four Londoners have sure made a splash in the country scene over the last few months.

In support of their record, they toured the UK on their first ever headline tour and the sold-out run culminated at London’s beautiful Bush Hall on Thursday night. You wonder how a band can get signed within not even half an hour of uploading their first demo to SoundCloud? Well, their live shows are your answer. Now with a backing band, their sound is bigger and has more oomph, turning Bush Hall into a big Americana party.

And although the band are understandably a bit nervous, the set is well rehearsed and their signature harmonies mind-blowing as always. Kicking off the show with Fire And Water sets the tone for the evening – feet-stomping Americana with hints of pop that is just a down-right listening pleasure.

Highlights of the evening come courtesy of their first ever single Wish I Could which truly got the audience moving and clapping along, as well as catchy title track Wild Silence and album opener Rattle which band note was the first track they’d ever written.

 

What makes The Wandering Hearts such a pleasure to see live is that they at any point during the show look like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves, more so when they tell us stories about their songs. “You know that time in your life when you fall in love with someone and it’s the greatest feeling in the world but can also be a bit terrifying?” Tara says about gorgeous ballad If I Fall. 

As the band step away from the mics and the backing band for an acoustic rendition of Burning Bridges, Tara explains “We like to go back to when we were sitting around Tim’s coffee table…writing and singing.”

They say encores are overrated, and maybe that’s true on some level, but the wait for this encore was sure worth it as Tara, Chess, AJ and Tim treat us to two of their best tracks: first up is Change For The Good which marks a bit of a departure from the band’s usual sound but delivers a hauntingly beautiful tune. The quartet then send the crowd off into the night with their hit single Devil.

The Wandering Hearts are without a doubt set for great things, they’ll be headlining venues like the Roundhouse in no time because their sound is not just limited to those who appreciate Americana, but its pop influences will carry them across to the mainstream. 

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