Pale Waves recently released their sophomore album Who Am I? which hit #1 on the UK Indie chart upon release and #3 overall and have already established a cool, loyal fanbase. Only speaking candidly to her identity within her music for the first time on Who Am I? and tracks like “She’s My Religion” which represents a queer relationship without hiding behind the clichés of over-sexualization or playful experimentation, Heather’s honesty and newfound confidence is creating a space for people to be themselves while showing fans how transformative the love of someone else can be – even helping to rekindle a love for yourself by giving you the courage to embrace aspects society may have taught you to hide.
Heather and Who Am I? flipped the Pale Waves world upside-down by debuting a softer and more vulnerable look representative of her new positive mindset alongside a new acoustic-guitar-laden alt-pop sound. The latest single “Fall To Pieces” is a raw, inside look at Heather’s early relationship insecurities and growing pains, while “Easy” is an uplifting, shimmering pop anthem about being in love with being in love and how transformative the experience can be. “She’s My Religion,” which premiered worldwide on Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily on Apple Music 1, serves as an atypical love letter that sees Heather embracing her sexuality. “Change” is made up of stories of heartbreak from Heather’s friends and was first played as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1. Quickly adding to their over 175 million global streams, the collection has also garnered praise from Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Vanity Fair, NPR, Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, The FADER, A.V. Club, Vulture, Consequence of Sound, Paste, Stereogum, Alternative Press, NYLON, Earmilk, and many more. PRESS HERE to listen to the album.
Produced Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Sigur Rós), Who Am I? – the coming-of-age follow-up to the band’s debut album My Mind Makes Noises which amassed over 70 million streams worldwide – opens up a bold new chapter for Pale Waves, who are confidently creating a safe space for people to be themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin by inspiring inclusivity and self-discovery in listeners while exploring themes of mental health, growing pains, sexuality, and falling in love. Pale Waves – comprised of frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie (she/her); drummer Ciara Doran (they/them); guitarist Huge Silvani (he/him) and bassist Charlie Wood (he/him) – made an immediate splash when they debuted on the music scene, hitting the Top 10 on UK Album Chart, winning the NME Under The Radar award, making the BBC Sound of 2018 shortlist, touring with fellow Dirty Hit label mates and mentors The 1975 as well as Muse and The Cure, and appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers after a string of key performances as Reading, Leeds, Lollapalooza, and SXSW.
Praise for Pale Waves:
“…downright thrilling… Pale Waves have returned with one of the best indie-rock albums of the young year” – Billboard
“Manchester outfit PALE WAVES wears its Madchester-era heart on its frayed leather jacket sleeve but adorns it with so many shiny hooks that it feels distinctly current.” – NPR All Songs Considered
“‘Who Am I?’ is a harder sound for Pale Waves—grungier, with a pop-punk sensibility and visuals that would be at home in a Tim Burton film… the album—a nostalgic mishmash of Avril Lavigne and Hayley Williams with some Brand New melancholia thrown in—stays upbeat.” – Vanity Fair
“[Heather] is primed to become the lesbian rock star young gay girls like me have dreamed of since childhood… The dewy-eyed sound of Who Am I? appeals to a younger generation, confirming that modern Britpop doesn’t always equate to aggressive young men—it can be gentle goths with their friends, writing songs for kids hoping to figure out who they are.” – Pitchfork
“Pale Waves lean heavily on the Avril Lavigne songbook…examining the gap between love and lust…” – The FADER
“…high-fidelity pop exuberance with obsidian gothic aesthetics…” – NYLON
“‘Change’ is a great piece of early-aughts-inspired pop punk…” – Wall Street Journal
“insanely catchy melodies” – A.V. Club
“Brisk and gorgeous and forlorn…” – Stereogum
“On their sophomore album, Pale Waves comes into their own with a whole new level of confidence… the album displays a range and skill that make Pale Waves a force to be reckoned with.” – Paste