The Wandering Hearts have shared new single ‘Dolores’, taking from their upcoming self-titled second album, which will be released on July 30th.
‘Dolores’ is an emotionally charged acoustic lament in which The Wandering Hearts’ three-part vocal harmonies extend a timely message that no-one needs to suffer through their struggles alone – an important reminder at a time when trauma still isn’t widely discussed in society and as mental health services are struggling.
The song was inspired by an article that Chess Whiffin had read about the late Dolores O’Riordan in Rolling Stone en route to writing sessions in London. When she arrived, she felt compelled to share the story with her bandmates Tara Wilcox and AJ Dean-Revington, who were just as affected by the story as she was. As Tara reflects, “We were going through a lot and it was so good that we had each other. My mum would always say, ‘Everyone’s fighting a battle you know nothing about.’” That simple yet compelling adage inspired the song’s central lyric.
The final version of ‘Dolores’ was completed early in 2020, when The Wandering Hearts headed deep into the Catskills to record with producers Simone Felice and David Baron. Its lyrics became even more poignant and emotionally charged when news broke of Caroline Flack’s tragic death as the trio recorded the song.
Chess adds, “When we recorded Dolores, we had no idea what lay ahead and the toll the pandemic would take on our own and other people’s mental health. The song feels like a timely reminder to be kind to yourself and others as we come out of lockdown.”
Starting the year with virtual performances at AmericanaFest UK, Philadelphia Folk Festival’s Cabin Fever Fest and most recently, SXSW, The Wandering Hearts return to touring in the UK in August. The band’s long-awaited In Harmony headline tour, originally scheduled for April 2020, represents their first UK shows since early 2020.
The full list of rescheduled tour dates are…
August 21st – Colchester, Little Rabbit Barn
22nd – Milton Keynes, The Stables
23rd – Southampton, The Brook
24th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
26th – London, Nell’s
27th – Guildford, Boileroom
28th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
29th – Cottingham, Civic Hill
31st – Pocklington, Pocklington Arts Centre
September 2nd – Stockton-On-Tees, The Georgian Theatre
3rd – Kendal, The Brewery Arts Centre
4th – Gateshead, Sage 2 (matinee)
4th – Gateshead, Sage 2
6th – Edinburgh, Summerhall
7th – Stirling, Tolbooth
8th – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
9th – Dunfermline, PJ Molloys
14th – Poole, Lighthouse
15th – Oxford, The Bullingdon