Pale Waves – Live At Glastonbury 2019 – June 28, 2019 – BBC 6 Music –
Pale Waves at Glastonbury 2019 tonight- recorded by BBC 6 Music on June 28, 2019.
Pale Waves formed in 2014. It was founded originally as Creek when lead singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie met drummer Ciara Doran while attending university in Manchester. The band was joined by guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood, completing the lineup.
After signing a record deal with Dirty Hit in 2017, Pale Waves released their debut single “There’s a Honey”, followed by “Television Romance”. The following year, the band were ranked fifth in the BBC Sound of 2018 poll and won the NME Under the Radar Award at the NME Awards. Pale Waves’ debut EP, All the Things I Never Said, was released in February 2018. Their debut studio album My Mind Makes Noises was released on 14 September 2018 and reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart.
The band’s first single under Dirty Hit, “There’s a Honey”, was released on 21 April 2017 to widespread acclaim. On 1 June 2017, the band played a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden supporting The 1975 on their North American tour. The band’s second single, “Television Romance”, was released on 16 August 2017, with its music video directed by The 1975 lead singer Matty Healy. Healy later appeared on the cover of NME with Baron-Gracie for the 20 October 2017 issue of the magazine. Pale Waves embarked on their first North American headlining tour in November and December 2017, playing 21 shows over four weeks.
The band headlined DIY magazine’s Class of 2018 shortlist for its December/January issue. On 7 November 2017, the band released the single “New Year’s Eve”, followed by “My Obsession” on 13 December 2017.
Pale Waves have been described as indie pop, indie rock, synth-pop, and dream pop. The band have cited artists such as The Blue Nile, Prince, The Cranberries and Cocteau Twins as influences. Baron-Gracie has stated, “I love a lot of ’80s artists like Prince and Madonna. ‘Purple Rain’ is one of my favorite songs of all time. But I love The Cure. I love songs that give you melodies that you can sing at any time, but within those melodies, there are things that break your heart.” Baron-Gracie cited Dolores O’Riordan as her main vocal influence, saying “I love The Cranberries. They were amazing. I definitely looked up to Dolores O’Riordan. She has one of my favorite voices of all time. She gave off that attitude – she was totally herself. I loved her fashion sense, she was such a cool person”.
In case you missed it, or just want a reminder of what life was like before COVID, here’s another chance to check out their set at last years Glastonbury Festival. I would suggest you crank this one up and dive in.
Just a suggestion. Or not.