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Pale Waves Live Show Review

Pale Waves

Live Show Review

By Gabe Straight, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio


Photo courtesy of Pale Waves


It’s been almost a month since I saw Pales Waves, the pop rock outfit from Manchester, England, and I’m still shaking from the experience. Pale Waves came onto the scene with the help of label mates The 1975, who helped produce and direct their songs and music videos.


The band played the show at Sonia in Cambridge, and it was packed. Somehow, I managed to snag a spot right front and center of the stage.


One of my favorite surprises coming out of the show was the opening act, INHEAVEN. Usually, the opening band isn’t as good as the headliner, but I would argue INHEAVEN was a kickass band. I loved their combination of modern alt rock and 90s grunge. They brought something familiar and completely new to the table at the same time.


As if my excitement for the band wasn’t enough, I had run into the two guitarists for Pale Waves in a cafe. They were super nice and chill, and made me unwaveringly excited for the show. Being only a couple years removed from a teenage boy, seeing cute british girls on stage makes me understand what it’s like to be a girl seeing her favorite boy band.


When Pale Waves came on, the place went insane (including me). When lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie came on stage (after the other bandmates) my heart exploded. At one point in the set, Heather reached out and grabbed my hand. I have yet to wash that hand, for obvious reasons. I loved Heather’s outfit which was literally entirely leather. Leather shirt over a leather jacket, leather pants with stilettos (you bet your ass everything was black too). I also loved Heather’s twitchy stage presence.


Regarding the show itself, Pale Waves’ set was essentially perfect. With only a couple hits to their name, the set was comprised of their hits and a couple unrecorded numbers. The set went by quickly, and left me begging for more and satisfied at the same time. Obviously, they played all their hits, and I damn near lost my voice from trying to sing along octaves above my range. I didn’t care, I was having the time of my life. The band was tight, the mix made everything clear, there wasn’t a single thing ruining the experience. I left that night needing a couple days to process it. Now that I have, if you have a pulse, you absolutely need to experience Pale Waves. Whether in person or on the computer, they cannot be underestimated. If you don’t hear Pale Waves now, you probably will when they top the charts and dominate the radio. Maybe that’s just my inner fanboy talking. Actually, it probably is. But my point is, everyone who experiences Pale Waves will become fanboys, ESPECIALLY if you go to a show.







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