Pale Waves are an English indie pop band from Manchester, 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, with their debut studio album My Mind Makes Noises to be released on 14 September 2018.
2014–2017: Formation and early career
Originally named Creek, Pale Waves formed in 2014 when drummer Ciara Doran met Heather Baron-Gracie while attending BIMM Manchester. The two enlisted second guitarist Ben Bateman and bassist Ryan Marsden to complete the lineup, but they departed from the band shortly thereafter, with current bassist Charlie Wood and second guitarist Hugo Silvani replacing them. The band recorded early demos with production team Sugar House that were released in 2015, catching the attention of the independent record label Dirty Hit, to which they were signed in 2017.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.
2018: All the Things I Never Said and My Mind Makes Noises
Baron-Gracie announced on 4 January 2018 via Twitter that the band had started recording their debut album. On 8 January, it was announced that the band had been placed fifth in the BBC Sound of 2018 poll. Speaking to the BBC, Baron-Gracie talked about how the band's debut album is shaping up and its darker tone: "The songs we have out now are very influenced by romance. The album is me talking about a lot of my darker issues. I talk about a lot of things that go on in my mind rather than in my heart". "The Tide", the first song written by the band, was released on 1 February 2018 as the third single from the band's then-upcoming debut extended play (EP), All the Things I Never Said.Pale Waves won the NME Under the Radar Award at the NME Awards 2018, and performed "There's a Honey" at the ceremony at London's O2 Academy Brixton on 14 February 2018. The band also received a nomination for Best Video for "Television Romance", but lost out to The Big Moon.Pale Waves' debut EP, All the Things I Never Said, was released digitally on 20 February 2018, followed by a 12-inch vinyl release on 16 March 2018. On 6 April 2018, it was announced that the band had signed to Interscope Records in a joint venture with Dirty Hit to release music in the United States. The third single from the band's debut album "Kiss" following "There's a Honey" and "Television Romance" was released on 15 May 2018. "Noises" was released as the fourth single on 28 June 2018. The band's debut album My Mind Makes Noises is scheduled to be released on 14 September 2018.
Pale Waves have been described as indie pop, indie rock, synth-pop, dream pop and goth-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."