The Wandering Hearts: “We are at our best when we write as a four “

London based group The Wandering Hearts have just been awarded with the emerging artist title for the Americana Music Association UK and they are quickly gaining recognition and praise for their stand out folk-americana infused sound. They’ve also just announced that they’ll be supporting Amy Macdonald on her two sold out shows in Glasgow next month. It seems that The Wandering Hearts have a lot more in store for us to be excited about including the release of their debut album due next year.

While on tour for the Coffee House Sessions, the group answered some Q’s about their music, selling out the Borderline venue as well as sharing the bill with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at BST Hyde Park. Read on…

Eva: What is the story behind the formation of The Wandering Hearts?

TWH: Tim and Tara met at a gig and instantly hit it off, talking about their influences and love of music. They were introduced to Chess and AJ through mutual friends and all got together at Tim’s for a rehearsal, some gin…and the rest is history.

You play a mixture of folk, Americana and country which some would say is quite unusual  for a London based band. Where did you guys get the inspiration from when creating your own sound?

Our music taste varies but at our first rehearsal, we discovered a few styles and artists we have in common. We all love folk music and had been listening to quite a few country and Americana artists at the time, so we took a lot of inspiration from those genres when we started singing and playing together.

How much input does each one of you have during the music making process, lyric writing etc?

We are at our best when we write as a four and feel that’s where our strongest material comes from. It’s such an even and fair collaborative process with the music and lyrics. We all feel like we’re fully invested in every track.

There’s been a great response and feedback on your latest single Devil. What does this song mean to you and where did you shoot the video for it?

Believe it or not, the video was filmed in Kent! It’s an amazing, functioning western town called Laredo. The song is really about taking ownership of all the decisions and mistakes we’ve made in our lives and accepting where we’re at right now. We’ve all had our struggles and hard choices to make along the way, so we can all relate to the themes in the song.

You’ve recently played a sold out headline gig at the Borderline? What was it like?

It was definitely a highlight for us! Not only was it a full house, we were out-sung by the crowd. They sang our lyrics so loudly that it stopped us in our tracks and put the biggest smile on our faces! The wonderful Eleanor Nelly opened for us and started the evening off perfectly. We just wanted to get out there and play the most energetic show we possibly could. It was a brilliant night.

How would you describe your live show to someone who hasn’t seen you perform before?

Fun! We try to balance out our set to make it an exciting and hopefully a bit of an emotional experience for everyone. There’s always a heap of energy and a lovely atmosphere, add some pretty lights if we’re lucky, and we’re away.

What does it feel like to be a part of the Coffee House Sessions tour?

We’re loving it. The Coffee House Sessions tour is a great experience and an excellent opportunity for us to play shows and meet University students all over the country. It’s great to chat to student radio and press along the way too. Lots of fun on the road!

Back in the summer you have shared the bill with the late music legend Tom Petty at BST Hyde Park which must’ve been an amazing experience. How affected were you by his sudden passing?

The day was absolutely incredible and unforgettable. We were so made up to be on the same bill. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played such a brilliant show, it felt like an awesome experience for the whole crowd. Then Tom Petty was gone so suddenly and it’s a terribly sad loss. He’s left such a great legacy behind. We’ll never forget that day.

Could you name some of your favourite records of 2017 so far?

From A Room – Chris Stapleton

Way Out West – Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Shameless – Striking Matches

Kelsea Ballerini’s new album Unapologetically is shaping up to be great too!

You are working on your debut album that’s due next year. What can your fans expect from this record?

It’s finished and we’re very excited for everyone to hear it! Devil and Wish I Could are on there, some live favourites and songs you won’t have heard. There’s some epic up-tempo numbers, some really moving ballads and some tunes that will stir the imagination. We’ve said too much, you’ll love it – we do!

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