Pale Waves tonight. For all intents and purposes, a new band – even though they’ve been together for two years. But this year they did their first tour of the U.S., supporting 1975. But also like most new bands, they are in an almost perpetual state of touring. This band from Manchester are getting a good fan base going, and this session for Huw Stephens recorded yesterday at the BBC‘s Maida Vale Studios offers a very nice glimpse of a band on the rise. Self-described Pop, they have an engaging and layered sound, feeling more Indie than Pop – but that’s just me.
With their debut single out, and word of their debut EP coming out in June of next year, Pale Waves are slated to come back to the U.S. in December, coming to the Moroccan Lounge in L.A. on December 2nd as well as a date in San Diego and one in San Francisco before heading east.
A textbook for what the present state of affairs is for bands and artists – Pale Waves are on hitting the road after a few days off, and are, in addition to doing the West Coast dates in December, also doing several dates all over the U.S. before going back to Europe until March of 2018 (that’s as far as their website – Palewaves.co.uk goes). And then doing it all over again. Constant gigging – selling t-shirts, singles, albums – any merchandise to keep the band afloat and in the black. This is what it’s taking these days, now that we’ve pretty much become the Post-Major Record Company era. Small labels with two or three acts – bands taking on several responsibilities normally parceled out to label Departments. But it’s the spirit of doing it yourself and doing it with your vision intact that is very exciting.
Listening to this session from Pale Waves, I’m more than convinced we’re on to good things in music – don’t let the mainstream fool you – there’s a whole other world out there, and it’s an innovative and productive one and it’s doing just fine.
Have a listen to this session done by Pale Waves yesterday and do what you can to support them.