About The Wandering Hearts
As the band head for their On Our Way tour of the UK, let’s consider their success to date. They achieved a second straight #1 on the UK’s official Country and Americana charts. This built on the impact of their 2018 debut Wild Silence and last summer’s self-titled second album. That album established this hugely talented trio as leading the British country/folk/Americana scenes. Not to mention a nomination for UK Album of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2022 alongside Yola and The Staves.
Now, they have a Deluxe Edition of the album set to release on May 13. It comes alongside a brand new single, Instead Of You, which may be their finest moment to date. Their renowned three-part harmonies are completely spot-on. Chess Whiffin and Tara Wilcox’s sumptuous voices weave elegantly around AJ Dean-Revington’s supporting baritone. There’s a darker heart and a haunting sense of melancholy to separate the track from the rest of their songbook. Note that their original album celebrated the power of connection and the unbroken human spirit. But this song possesses the empowerment to know that sometimes breaking away is for the best. Furthermore, it was recorded in Connecticut with the Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Katis.
The band commented: “Instead Of You is dreamy but determined. Sometimes, anything is preferable to feeling equally trapped between staying or leaving. But you just know you have to get out for your own good. With echoes of our ‘60s and ‘70s influences, the song’s psychedelic folk-rock sound tells its own story of freedom.
“We had so many songs to choose from when we put our self-titled album together so when we had the opportunity to record even more for the Deluxe Edition, we obviously jumped at the chance. It’s a tricky job trying to choose the right songs for the right place on the right album and that often means eliminating songs we’re really passionate about at the eleventh hour. Exciting as the recording process is, it’s quite hard coming to terms with the fact that the vision you have can’t always manifest in reality.”
On top of all this, we have the upcoming UK tour. The local standout date is a visit to Liverpool’s O2 Academy 2 on May 20. Other dates include St. Luke’s, Glasgow on May 15; Wylam Brewery, Newcastle on May 16; and The Wardrobe, Leeds on May 17. Not forgetting Waterfront, Norwich on May 21; O2 Institute 2, Birmingham on May 22; and Trinity Centre, Bristol on May 24. The tour ends with O2 Shephard’s Bush Empire, London on May 25; and Concorde 2, Brighton on May 27.