Pale Waves have become one of the biggest rising bands on the indie scene in 2018, having thorough mentoring by none other than fellow Mancunian synth pop group The 1975. The four-piece met in the UK’s northern home of indie while vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie (vocals) and Ciara Doran (drums) were studying music at university in 2014 and recruited Hugo Silvani (guitar) and Charlie Wood (bass) to complete the outfit.
Three years later, they signed to Dirty Hit, an independent record label which also works with the likes of Wolf Alice, King Nun and The 1975. This lead to their significantly beneficial work with the infamous group, including having their breakthrough singles ‘There’s A Honey’ and ‘Television Romance’ produced by them, while vocalist Matt Healy even directed the music video for the latter.
The gothic group have since released their debut EP All The Things I Never Said in February this year, which The Modern Record and The Line of Best Fit both rated an 8/10, while The Indiependent stated “It took The Cure several albums to produce songs that marry morbid spinsterdom with poppy hooks. Pale Waves have done it in one EP.”
But there’s no stopping there. Just a few months since the release of All The Things I Never Said, they have already released the lead single from their upcoming full-length album, which is yet to be named. The sparkly pop rock track ‘Kiss’ feels like a huge 80s femme-pop throwback and shows clear progression in their exploration of the genre.
In an interview with NME, Baron-Gracie dropped the names of some unreleased tracks fans can expect to exclusively hear in their upcoming live shows this September, and disclosed they’re in the finishing stages of completing their highly anticipated album.introducing / pale waves