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 Future indie classics that reek of modern New York City Charm” DIY Magazine

captures honest-to-god truths in a new light’ – The Line of Best Fit

“a nostalgia-tinged hit, filled with jangly guitars and contagious melodies” – Wonderland


‘WANDERKID’ is the sophomore album from New York’s next lo-fi legend, JW Francis and in an appropriately maverick move, will be released whilst its creator is in the middle of trekking 2000 miles along the Appalachian Trail in the US. The follow up to JW’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘We Share A Similar Joy’, ‘WANDERKID’ will be released on 3rd September by Sunday Best Recordings. Shortly after this, JW is set to leave the mountains of the Eastern United States and make his way over to the UK for his first ever headline shows here, including London’s Moth Club on 27th October.

In addition, his new single ‘John Take Me With You’ is released today with its accompanying video. Wistful, upbeat and bursting with charisma, it is quintessential JW and sets the tone perfectly for an album that tells the story of a wandering anti-hero, as JW elaborates;

“WANDERKID is an album about escape. It’s supposed to be a gut punch of a record about an anti-hero named WANDERKID who wants to get OUT: out of his living situation, out of his head, out of his life. This album is like looking out the car window with an urgent desire to be on the other side. It was finished during the most recent global pandemic, so hopefully folks find it relatable.” 

With support for JW’s debut album flooding in from BBC 6Music, DIY Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Wonderland, NME ,The Independent, HMV to name a few, JW is fast making a name for himself as one of the most exciting new artists around. Born in Oklahoma, JW landed in New York City at 19 to study Economics at Columbia University, but not before making stops, stays and stints in Vermont, aged 12 and Paris, aged 13. Whilst at Columbia, the troubadour started music blog Rare Candy and founded student-run recording studio CU Records. Musically, JW takes his lead from the greats of the Downtown scene – Patti Smith, The Velvet Underground, Television, Talking Heads, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs- and is fast emerging at the forefront of the next generation of New York greats.



Friday 8 October          New York, Elsewhere

Thursday 21st               Brighton, The Hope & Ruin

Friday 22nd                  Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

Saturday 23rd               Glasgow, The Hug & Pint

Monday 25th                Birmingham, Hare & Hounds

Tuesday 26th                Manchester, YES (Basement)

Wednesday 27th          London, Moth Club

Thursday 28th              Paris, Le Pop-Up Du Label


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