They’re signed to the buzziest label and already looked nailed on for the biggest star ages of all. Pale Waves are the real deal.
They’ve already dropped the biggest bangers of 2017. They’ve teamed up with indie’s greatest talent, Matty Healy. They’re signed to the buzziest label on the planet and already looked nailed on for the biggest star ages of all. Pale Waves are the real deal.
Words: Jamie Muir. Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s a quiet autumn afternoon in North London; nestled in the corner of a downstairs restaurant are Heather Baron-Gracie and Ciara Doran. Finishing each other’s sentences, recalling stories from a year that has taken them around the globe and cracking jokes, there’s a bond there that fizzes and radiates through everything Pale Waves do. A shared tapestry that they’ve been painting their future on that is now primed and set to erupt.
“It feels like right now is the time where it’s getting quite intense and exciting,” beams Heather, “like, we’ve hardly seen our families! They totally understand though, but we both like being busy, always doing something and we’re a very hard-working band aren’t we? We strive to be the best!”
“When we weren’t that busy we were always saying, ‘When are we going to get busy?’” continues Ciara.
“Yeah, we were desperate to finally get on with it; we’d just be at home writing and rehearsing and getting ready for the moment it’d all start - but after it did it was like, sweet!” picks up Heather. “It’s been very surreal, 100%. Like I saw the other day this girl in America who’s going to come to like six of our US shows...”
“Think it’s actually 10,” jumps in Ciara.
Heather turns to Ciara with an even bigger smile. “Yeah, that just feels like madness to me, and it means so much that people are willing to truly commit themselves at this early stage. It’s mind-blowing.”
“We were discussing this the other day”, elaborates Ciara. “Would we go to see a band after just two singles? We don’t know! All our fans are so lovely, it feels like a proper family.”
With ambition aimed squarely at the top, their summer of touring is a pretty clear first step in the direction they’re heading down. Building on that tight bond and shared connection with The 1975, it was a natural fit that found Pale Waves snuggling into the shoes they’ve wanted to own since the very beginning, and coming out the other side even more set on their course. “Doing the American tour and then the European tour, it’s really helped us because we were playing every night for ages,” details Heather. “Going on stage and getting our songs recognised and appreciated, that made us a lot more confident in ourselves and what we want to do.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width="stretch_row
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