Ones to Watch 2018 – 09. Pale Waves


Ones to Watch 2018 – 09. Pale Waves

We compiled this list a few weeks ago and wondered if any of the artists we featured would be on the BBC Sound of 2018 list. The answer to this burning question is ” just the one” which arrives in the heavily mascaraed form of today’s tip Pale Waves.

Back in August, we wrote,  “ we’d expect to see Pale Waves on numerous tip lists come the start of 2018, quite possibly including the BBC’s Sound of.” Given the year the band have had it doesn’t really take a genius to work out that they have positioned themselves to “blow the doors” of 2018 clean off (cue terrible Michael Caine impression to distract from lapsing into cliche.) The first indication of this came last May when we were trying to arrange an interview ahead of the band’s Liverpool Sound City performance.  However, they had to pull out as they had just been offered a U.S  tour slot with label mates The 1975.  Tough choice, Liverpool Docks or Madison Square Garden?   The band have the backing of tastemaker label Dirty Hit Records formed in  2009 by Jamie Oborne, Brian Smith and England footballer the late Ugo Ehiogu who boast a roster which includes The 1975, Wolf Alice, The Japanese House, King Nun, and Superfood. ) But as mentioned in our preamble last week this isn’t something we’d consider when making our list (and checking it twice) because all the support in the world would amount to nought if the music sucked harder than an inverted hurricane.

Pale Waves who are from Manchester and comprise of Heather Baron-Gracie (vocals, guitar), Ciara Doran (drums), Hugo Silvani (guitar) and Charlie Wood (bass) have impressed with the trio of tracks they’ve released  during 2017 with their debut ‘There’s  A Honey’ being the best of a glittering hat trick. If wistful, chiming melancholic indie pop which can also be strangely uplifting,  performed by a band of whom at least two members look like Robert Smiths’ nieces sound like your thing, then Pale Waves may well be the band for you.



 Pale Waves - Television Romance - Track Of The Day VPME

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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