14 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While the enthusiastic support of labelmates The 1975 has undoubtedly been a positive for Pale Waves, it’s also encouraged unhelpful comparisons. Both trade in artful rock decorated with the electronic gloss and earworm melodies of ’80s pop, but, as this debut proves, the Manchester quartet are their own band—direct in their melodies but agile enough to find the path between drive-time rock and strobe-lit warehouse raves (“Red”). Much of their personality derives from singer/guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie, whose diary-candid lyrics and yearning voice invest each song with empathy, whether she’s swamped by self-doubt (“Noises”) or celebrating her late grandfather on the sparse “Karl (I Wonder What It’s Like to Die)”.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While the enthusiastic support of labelmates The 1975 has undoubtedly been a positive for Pale Waves, it’s also encouraged unhelpful comparisons. Both trade in artful rock decorated with the electronic gloss and earworm melodies of ’80s pop, but, as this debut proves, the Manchester quartet are their own band—direct in their melodies but agile enough to find the path between drive-time rock and strobe-lit warehouse raves (“Red”). Much of their personality derives from singer/guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie, whose diary-candid lyrics and yearning voice invest each song with empathy, whether she’s swamped by self-doubt (“Noises”) or celebrating her late grandfather on the sparse “Karl (I Wonder What It’s Like to Die)”.

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About Pale Waves

Manchester-based quartet Pale Waves began in the early 2010s when drummer Ciara Doran and vocalist/songwriter Heather Baron-Gracie met at a liquor store. The two became inseparable best friends and spent two years hanging out and working on songs in a very insular manner, eventually enlisting bassist Charlie Wood and second guitarist Hugo Silvani to transform their bedroom concept into a proper band. Fully formed, they crafted a dark pop sound, heavy on guitars and the influence of dreamier '80s synth pop acts like the Cure and the Cocteau Twins. In 2015 the group posted a few demo versions of songs online, eventually catching the attention of indie label Dirty Hit. Dirty Hit signed Pale Waves in 2017 and issued their debut single, "There's a Honey," produced by members of labelmates the 1975. Along with frequent touring, Pale Waves offered up second single "Television Romance" and worked toward a debut album. ~ Fred Thomas

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