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Wandering Hearts

THE WANDERING HEARTS LIVE IN LEEDS – WHAT HAPPENED?

The first act Pearl Chambers was reminiscent of a 60s idealised Americana, donned in flares and
boots that tapped her slot away. The swung vocals of Pearl ascended with ease, backed by lead
guitar whamming that added endless character and charisma.

They were unapologetically themselves, chatting about their inspirations and home (Joshua Tree,
California) as well as their use of psychedelics to aid their musical journey. Their aura was so enticing

I almost forgot that a cold and windy Leeds awaited me after the gig!Their song “Middle of the Night” received a warm reception from the crowd, the soul-funk accompaniment reciprocal with the positive energy of the lead guitar and singer. For a support act, their energy was mesmerising- and despite my usual genre being indie-rock, I’ll continue listening to their “peace and love” tunes.

Then the main act, The Wandering Hearts, took to the stage to begin their flawless set of smooth
and refined folk tunes. The harmonic trio had the skill and execution only achieved through years
and years of practise, and from my experience with the crowd- a protective cult following. Their
songs fluctuated from yearning ballads to boot-stomping songs of lost love that the crowd were
encouraged to “whoop and holler” along to- don’t mind if I do!

The band maintained a cheery disposition throughout the set, creating an atmosphere of acceptance and praise, which was bound to be difficult in an audience that contained such extremities of young and old. They played a varied mix of old bangers, such as “Devil”, which was easily the best song of the night as the crowd went wild- a testament to their early successes which launched them to international fame.

They then treated their fans to songs from their new album with Chrysalis Records, “Mother”, written during the dark times of Covid it’s a collection of heightened maturity and darker harmonies. I suggest “Not Misunderstood”, full of raspy male vocals and a rare drum focus that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Though Americana folk may not be my new favourite genre, I really appreciate the high-level the
band has reached, breaking into a niche community that has led them to USA stardom- and I’m sure
continued future success.

WORDS BY BELLA PLATT

📸 BY JAMES KEITH

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