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Pale Waves have dropped a new single and you don't want to miss it! The new track sees the band lean into their heavier sound while maintaining their “candid” songwriting.
Vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie opens up about the heartfelt single: “When I was in high school a girl who was being bullied took her own life. I got on the bus with her every single morning and I would see her sitting in her same spot. She sat downstairs, and I would go upstairs. The Hard Way is about my regret for not helping her, or standing up for her, that I feel now as an adult.
“As a kid you’re so shy and afraid, but I hope it’ll influence people to stand up for those who need help, and help people understand that their words and actions can be really damaging. You don't know how cruel you can be sometimes, especially at that age.”
Listen to The Hard Way below:
Ahead of their album drop, Pale Waves are gearing up for a packed summer of UK festival dates and live in-store performances, including their biggest-ever headliner in November and an event at Kingston’s iconic Banquet Records on August 11.
Pale Waves’ UK headline tour starts off with a hometown date and closes off in style with a show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.
Catch Pale Waves on tour at the dates below:
30 Kendal Calling
11 Kingston Banquet Records
12 Brighton Resident Records
14 Southampton Vinilo Records
15 Bristol Rough Trade
17 Newcastle HMV
18 Leeds Vinyl Whistle
17 Live At Central Festival
26 Leeds Festival
28 Reading Festival
15 Live At Leeds
25 Manchester Albert Hall
26 Liverpool O2 Academy
27 Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
28 Dundee Fat Sam’s
30 London O2 Academy Brixton
Pale Waves’ third album Unwanted will be available on August 12 via Dirty Hit.
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Pick up a signed copy of Pale Waves’ brilliant new album Unwanted now!
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Reinvention isn’t unfamiliar to Pale Waves. Spending half a decade on the road, the Mancunian mob have been carefully and deliberately distilling their sound and aesthetic into its purest form. Now with new record Unwanted showcasing their new direction, we find the British rockers revelling in the self-discovery...