(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #396: Pale Waves

By on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 at 12:00 pm

Manchester indie pop band Pale Waves are set to make their break in America at SXSW 2018 this March in Austin, Texas. The edgy yet soft-centered four-piece, comprising singer Heather Baron-Gracie, drummer Ciara Doran, guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood, are already hotly-tipped in the UK. They’re signed to Dirty Hit Records and have been featured in both the BBC Sound of 2018 and the DIY Class of 2018, on the strength of their impossibly catchy early singles ‘There’s a Honey’ and ‘Television Romance’.

But Pale Waves won’t be completely new to American listeners, particularly fans of art-pop group The 1975. The latter band’s frontman, Matty Healy, took an immediate liking to Pale Waves’s guitar-centric, unapologetically pop sound upon hearing them play live, describing them to NME as “a band that was positioned in the left, an alternative band, that was so in tune with pop sensibilities.” Healy invited Pale Waves to join The 1975 on the latter band’s U.S. tour last spring, as well as co-producing their aforementioned first two singles and directing the promo video for ‘Television Romance’.

Pale Waves’ goth-pop recent single ‘My Obsession’ is slated to appear on their forthcoming debut EP ‘All the Things I Never Said’. The EP release is due on the 16th of March, which was presumably timed to coincide with the group’s scheduled appearance at SXSW. Ahead of their trip to Austin, Pale Waves will headline the DIY Class of 2018 Tour in February and early March, and they have already announced a list of North American dates for later this spring. If you can’t make it to see them in Austin, you’ll find a complete rundown of Pale Waves’ upcoming live shows on their official Facebook.

As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Pale Waves’ appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

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