Missing festival season already? As Autumn arrives, we move on from summer blues, filling our diary with highly anticipated headline shows from our favourite breakthrough artists.
Taking festival season 2018 by storm was self-confessed goth-pop group Pale Waves. Armed with relatable tracks from their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’, Pale Waves played to a sold out O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the biggest night of their tour.
At times reminiscent of a darker executed 1989 (Taylor Swift), combined with influence from their mentors The 1975 – Pale Waves’ debut album offers a sound set for world dominance.
A myriad of white strobes and eerily powerful entrance music set the scene. A wave of excitement cascades through the 2000 cap venue as Pale Waves emerge on stage in a silhouette haze.
Heather Baron-Gracie keeps the talking to a minimum, commanding the stage with her rock and roll style demeanour and unparalleled stage presence. The streamlined set exhibits the talent of all members, with Ciara Doran giving it gusto on the drums.
‘One more time, won’t you give me one more night, with you’. The Manchester quartet’s relatable lyrics and undeniable sincerity has no doubt led to their fan’s adoration. Despite combining 80’s glistening synths and 70’s guitar – a formula similar to The Cure’s ‘Just Like Heaven’ – it’s obvious from tonight Pale Waves rock their own sound.
The whole night is masterly produced. Epic visuals bring the show to a close as the emblazoned red stage reflects the album artwork. With a light show fit for stadium transition, Pale Waves executed one of our favourite albums of the year. Creative music videos in tow, we expect more from Pale Waves in the future as they become less polished and hopefully show more grit.
With the likes of Wolf Alice and Florence and The Machine dominating the 2018 music scene, it’s exciting to see female fronted bands rise through the ranks. Pale Waves are leading the wave for the next generation with their whirlwind year.
Catch Pale Waves live in January 2019, as support for label mates The 1975’s arena tour.
Words by Jodie Brunning // @JodieBrunning