There’s no doubt that Folk-Americana group The Wandering Hearts have taken the UK music scene by storm this year with a string of high profile performances and sold out shows. The momentum is set to continue with the announcement of their debut EP Burning Bridges, out on Decca Records today.
This week, it was announced that the band have won the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at The UK Americana Awards 2018. Handpicked by Bob Harris OBE himself, this special award 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.
Often performed off-mic during their live shows, the EP’s title track ‘Burning Bridges’ has the power to completely silence a room. The haunting vocal arrangement and gentle accompaniment highlight the captivating lyrics, giving the audience space to connect with the song’s themes. The EP showcases another two live favourites, ‘Nobody’s Fool’ and ‘Never Expected This’, alongside a stunning cover of ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ by Band Of Horses.
Speaking of the track, The Wandering Hearts say, “Burning Bridges is about reaching out to those around you to find some hope in the world when you feel lost, alone and don’t know who to trust. The EP brings together some of the earliest songs we worked on as a band, when we met almost serendipitously and everything kind of fell into place. We’re excited to get these songs out into the world ahead of our debut album.”
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 sensibilityand 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 the standard is there to be seen. Hearing how naturally their voices blend together, it’s incredible they met almost by chance two years ago. Their shared passion for folk, Americana, vocal harmonies and gin drew them together, and one afternoon in an empty bar room of the Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End, The Wandering Hearts were born.
The Wandering Hearts have been writing and recording their debut album at east London recording studio, The Premises with producer Pete Hammerton. The EP brings together ‘Burning Bridges’ from the album sessions with three acoustic tracks produced by Ant Whiting. ‘Nobody’s Fool’ – “one for the girls”, ‘Never Expected This’ – “about unwittingly stumbling into love”, plus band favourite ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ by Band Of Horses, reworked in The Wandering Heart’s distinctive style.
In-between recording dates, The Wandering Hearts have played two sold out shows in London, and a string of summer festivals across the country including British Summer TimeHyde Park – sharing the bill with the late Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers – Bestival,Cornbury, Secret Garden Party and Standon Calling. The band recently completed a UK tour supporting the legendary Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, and are set to join Marty again in Nashville in June 2018.
Speaking of the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award, The Wandering Hearts say, “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. We can’t wait for 2018 – the Americana Awards, releasing our debut album, touring the UK and a trip to Nashville – it’s a dream come true, can it get better than this? We are honoured to be AMA-UK ambassadors!”
The Burning Bridges EP is set for release on Decca Records on the 17th November 2017, with a full album to follow in early 2018, which promises to be a thrilling debut from this exciting new band.