Our current obsession is Pale Waves. The English indie pop band consists of lead singer/guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie, drummer Ciara Doran, guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood. The quartet made their appearance in San Francisco’s The Chapel this past Tuesday evening playing to an absolutely eager audience. And yes, we were right there in the crowd screaming along with everyone else.
Pale Waves is the ‘90s nostalgia you miss. Pause. Look them up. And listen. You almost can assume you’ll hear one of their songs in a classic ‘90s film. Too bad they weren’t around during that era but it’s OK. They’re bringing it back with Heather being at the forefront of it all.
Coming out on stage right at 9 pm after openers IN HEAVEN, Pale Waves kicked off the night with their Matty Healy-produced single “Television Romance” and played for a straight 45 minutes. Yes, it was a short show but what do you expect? They’ve only released a handful of songs and just released their debut EP, so it was indeed one of the shortest concerts we attended; But in the end, we wanted to hear more. Not only hear more music but hear more from the band themselves. With very minimal chatting with the crowd, I know we weren’t the only one who wanted more interaction.
And even within those 45 minutes, they played every single song the exact same way it’s heard while playing it back on Spotify or whatever way you listen to your music. I give nothing but love to performers who could do that. For the most part, they jumped into each song ready to show SF their talent and Heather’s epic dance moves that are reminiscent of Lorde’s. No disrespect, they both dance however they want with no fucks given.
It’s hard to believe they started back in 2014 and here they are four years later with their first ever EP. Without a doubt, they take time with their music and for now, we have to keep it on repeat. And if you get the chance to recommend them to a friend, remind them to not judge a book by its cover. I’ll even admit, I was caught off guard by their look but realized, idgaf. The look doesn’t define who they are nor should it be a big deal. If you think, at first glance, this will be a metal rock band. Think again. This will be one of your new favorite bands.