PHOTO CREDIT: TOM PULLEN
FALL TO PIECES / NEW SINGLE / OUT NOW
WHO AM I? / NEW ALBUM / 12 FEBRUARY 2021
2022 UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
PALE WAVES have released FALL TO PIECES, premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 as the Hottest Record in The World, and the final track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming second album WHO AM I? ahead of its highly anticipated release on 12 February via Dirty Hit.
Discussing the single, frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie says: “It’s easy to fall into the same patterns in a relationship, which can lead you to have the same argument over and over. Fall to Pieces is about going through that constant cycle of arguing and then making up. It can be hard to break that pattern – sometimes you wonder if you ever will.”
FALL TO PIECES follows on from YOU DON’T OWN ME, a single that Baron-Gracie says is: “for women about what it’s like to be a woman in this world; how society depicts, judges and criticises women on a daily basis.” Prior to this, the band have given fans a taste of the album with the singles EASY, CHANGE and SHE’S MY RELIGION – a deeply personal song for Baron-Gracie representing a same-sex relationship between two women in its true form, without hiding behind the clichés of over-sexualisation or playful experimentation.
Recently PALE WAVES also announced their 2022 headline UK tour, starting in Bristol and culminating in a huge hometown shoe in Manchester. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 12 February.
WHO AM I? was recorded primarily in Los Angeles alongside producer RICH COSTEY [Muse, Sigur Rós, Foo Fighters] before the Coronavirus lockdown forced the making of the album to go virtual, with Heather and Ciara remaining in LA and the rest of the band returning home to record their parts in their bedrooms.
The album acts as the Pale Waves manifesto, inspiring inclusivity, self-discovery and the notion of being whoever the hell you want to be. On the making of the album, Heather says: “For me, music and art is for people not to feel so alone and isolated; I want to be that person my fans look up to and find comfort in”.
Consisting of front woman HEATHER BARON-GRACIE [she/her] drummer CIARA DORAN [they/them] guitarist HUGO SILVANI [he/him) and bassist CHARLIE WOOD [he/him] Pale Waves released their debut album MY MIND MAKES NOISES in September 2018, by which time they had already won the NME Under the Radar award, made the BBC Sound of 2018 shortlist and toured with fellow Dirty Hit label mates and mentors the 1975. When the album chart at #8 in the UK, PALE WAVES were seen as more than a breakthrough act and instead one of the most important emerging indie-pop bands in Britain.