Live Review: Pale Waves in Berlin, Oct 29th 2017

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Credit: Indie Is Not A Genre

Although Berlin is famous for its club and music scene, German fans usually have to wait a while to see the hottest new bands from the UK play one of the local venues or spend a small fortune for seeing them open for some bigger act. Pale Waves are one of the few exceptions to that rule.

The Manchester four piece is probably one of the most exciting bands from the UK right now and they, or rather their label, seem to know it. Ever since Pale Waves signed to Dirty Hit, home of Wolf Alice, The Japanese House and of course The 1975, the four piece has created a buzz.

Their two singles, There’s A Honey and Television Romance where produced by Matt Healy and George Daniel (The 1975) who have also taken the band on tour throughout the UK and Europe. Now it’s time for the young band to show how well they perform on their own.

Video: Pale Waves – Television Romance

It is no surprise then, that the first rows of Musik & Frieden are filled with teenage girls in The 1975 T-Shirts singing along all the words to Pale Wave’s 8 song spanning set (of which only 2 are released at the moment). Kicking off with sophomore single Television Romance, Pale Waves are off to a great start.

Vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie has something captivating about her even beyond the black lipstick and ivory hair. Still I can’t help but feel like I’m seeing a female version of Matt Healy in the way she tilts her head and flips her wrists as she sings. Particularly throughout the slower songs, such as fan favourite My Obsession, she rolls her yes and runs her fingers through her hair like The 1975’s frontman.

Pale Waves – There’s A Honey

Their happy sad pop music is catchy and danceable and yet Pale Waves seem to be out of place on the small stage. Their music is clearly aimed at bigger venues and judging by the amount of sold out shows, it won’t be long before that happens.

It is pretty clear that Pale Waves are bound for success – and it is well deserved. However, if they want to make a lasting impact and be more than merely a female version of The 1975, they will need to step out of the shadow of their mentors.

Pale Waves Setlist:

  1. Television Romance
  2. Kiss
  3. The Tide
  4. My Obsession
  5. You Don’t Love Us Anymore
  6. Heavenly
  7. New Year’s Eve
  8. There’s a Honey

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