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$35.00 – General Admission Floor
$35.00 – Reserved Balcony
*plus applicable service fees
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Ask, believe, receive: in the early days of Oh Wonder, Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West would religiously transcribe their goals for the project, hoping to visualise them into existence. “I found the notebooks recently,” Josephine chuckles today, sat in the kitchen of their South London home. “It was like: get played on Radio 1, have 100,000 YouTube views, and shift 200 EPs.” Five years, over two billion streams, 300,000 global headline tickets and more than a million record sales down the line, Oh Wonder long surpassed those modest ambitions.
Anthony and Josephine’s paths first crossed when they were solo artists, both playing pubs and small clubs up and down the UK. By chance, Anthony was in the audience for one of Josephine’s gigs, and within a year he was enlisted as a producer and co-writer for her solo material. It was whilst working together that they wrote ‘Body Gold’ and conceived Oh Wonder as a recording project to showcase their songwriting. From there, the duo set themselves the challenge of sharing a track a month via SoundCloud, an original and innovative method to share new music that turned out to be impressively ahead of its time and has since been adopted frequently by many other artists across the globe. ‘Body Gold’ was their first upload, in September 2014, and within three days it had amassed over 100,000 streams. Oh Wonder’s eponymous debut arrived a year later, shortly followed by their first live show at London’s ICA. Since then they have toured across the globe, with shows from New Zealand to Russia, Colombia to Korea, and Taiwan to Tel Aviv.
Once touring commitments were completed, Oh Wonder took some much-needed time out to collect their thoughts before embarking on the next chapter of the band. “The number one thing we wanted for this new record was perspective, because it’d been this mad ride,” Josephine explains, leaving Anthony to finish her train of thought. “So we took three months off, got a dog, rested, and allowed ourselves time to write everything before we started recording it.”
Consequently, the self-produced, Cenzo Townshend-co-mixed (Bat For Lashes, Christine & The Queens, Jungle), ‘No One Else Can Wear Your Crown’ is undeniably Oh Wonder’s most considered collection to date. Where their debut simply compiled the 13 singles they’d drip-fed their audience online over the course of a year, and ‘Ultralife’ featured the only 12 tracks written in the brief window allocated for recording, the final tracklisting of their third LP was whittled down from a much larger pool of material. Periods co-writing with talent in L.A. and New York helped shape elements of several songs on the album, with those ideas further refined back home in the band’s garden studio.
If ‘No One Else Can Wear Your Crown’ has an overriding message, it’s self-acceptance and empowerment. It’s there in the Carpe Diem chorus of ‘Hallelujah’, which has the feel of a mission-statement for the band. ‘Hallelujah’ is a song of defiance that we wrote for anyone that has ever been told they can’t do something. As music-making teenagers, we were both discouraged by naysayers who declared that we would never be successful, that we weren’t good enough, and that we could never be superstars, so we should just give up. When we met each other, we bonded over our shared experiences of setbacks and near-misses. ‘Hallelujah’ is a reminder to ourselves, as much as anyone else, to not care what people think of you, to work hard, be yourself and try your best.”
Whatever the subject matter, it’s difficult not to leave ‘No One Else Can Wear Your Crown’ feeling uplifted; or as, Anthony puts it, “Even the sad stuff is positive.” “I get really emotional thinking about [the album],” Josephine agrees, in a rare moment of seriousness, “because we’ve definitely done our absolute best.”
Recharged and ready for the next chapter, Oh Wonder appear more able than ever to just make it work: whether navigating the big questions of how to live and work with your partner down to the everyday drama of what happens to your dog now you have to go back on tour. ‘No One Else Can Wear Your Crown’ is a candid, restorative set that offers a welcome antidote to our turbulent times, from a band firmly writing their own bright future. Ask, believe, receive.