Pale Waves: A pop-punk turbo-boost on new album “Unwanted”

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 sound heavy on guitars and the influence of dreamier synth pop acts, like the Cure and 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” before issuing their first EP, All the Things I Never Said, in February 2018. A few months later, Pale Waves inked a deal with Interscope Records to handle their U.S. releases and issued the single “Kiss” from their full-length debut. My Mind Makes Noises followed in September 2018 and reached number eight on the U.K. album chart.

In early 2020, Pale Waves returned with “SkinDeepSkyHighHeartWide,” a collaboration with singer/songwriter Lawrence Rothman for the soundtrack to the horror film The Turning. The group delivered their second studio album, Who Am I?, in early 2021. The album was a bigger hit than their debut, reaching number three in the band’s home country, and it has quickly been followed by Pale Waves’ third full-length, Unwanted, released today.


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Music researcher with an unhealthy passion for music and music festivals. Former studio owner, semi-functional drummer and with a fairly good collection of old analogue synthesizers from the 70's. Indie rock, post rock, electronic/industrial and drum & bass (kind of a mix, yeah?) are usual stuff in my playlists but everything that sounds good will fit in.