Pale Waves Announce New Album, Unwanted

The lead single, 'Lies', kicks off the new album, Unwanted.

Arts Music Triston Brewer

This article was published on May 18th, 2022

Pale Waves have released their brand-new single and video ‘Lies’ alongside the announcement of their upcoming album Unwanted, out August 12 via Dirty Hit. The lead single ‘Lies’, is an angst-fueled, rebellious pop-punk anthem that melds crunchy guitar riffs and the rhythmic drive reminiscent of the early 2000s and the angsty 90s rock band era to speak truth to the lies of catching up with someone that has shattered your trust. The video for the track, recorded in Los Angeles, was produced by Zakk Cervin, known for his work with Blink 182, Modern Baseball, Halsey, Machine Gun Kelly.

The Inspiration Behind Lies and The Album, ‘Unwanted’

‘Lies’ is about someone who built up my trust and destroyed it like a wrecking ball,” says frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie on the inspiration for track. “It caused trust issues for myself, but fortunately for me that person is no longer in my life. Once you do me wrong, you’re gone!”

Unwanted is a body of work informed by Pale Waves’ that reveals a personal and artistic journey reaching out into the passionate community of misfits and LGBTQIA+ fans around the band, tapping into darker emotions than ever before while also striking a fresh tone of defiance. “It was really the only thing this album could be called,” continues Heather. “It’s bold and unapologetic, and that’s what the Pale Waves community is about. We don’t need to fit a perfect mold, we don’t need to apologize for being ourselves, and we won’t change for anyone. That acceptance is what connects us.”

Pale Waves Launches Nationwide Tour With 5 Seconds of Summer

Kicking off this June, Pale Waves begins a select run of U.S. headline shows before touring as main support for 5 Seconds of Summer’s nationwide U.S. amphitheater tour this summer and appearing at a string of international festival dates. 

Cementing their status as one of the most exciting acts to come out of the UK with the 2021 sophomore album Who Am I?, Pale Waves have made a name for themselves by inspiring inclusivity and self-discovery and creating space for people hoping to figure out who they are. The band has been critically acclaimed for its sound and fans can expect a fuller, more expansive sound with their latest release. 

Flipping the script to introduce a nostalgic pop-punk sound built on newfound confidence, Who Am I? introduced standout singles “Change,” “Easy,” and “She’s My Religion” alongside a distinct, guitar-laden alternative energy and hit #3 on the UK album charts. The album received critical acclaim from PitchforkVanity FairBillboardNPRWall Street JournalBuzzfeedThe FADERAV ClubVulture, Consequence, StereogumAlternative Press, NYLON, and many more.

Pale Waves is comprised of front woman Heather Baron-Gracie (she/her); drummer Ciara Doran (they/them); guitarist Huge Silvani (he/him) and bassist Charlie Wood (he/him) – made an immediate splash when they debuted on the music scene with their debut album My Mind Makes Noises, hitting the Top 10 on UK Album Chart, winning the NME Under The Radar award, touring with fellow Dirty Hit label mates and mentors The 1975 as well as Muse and The Cure, performing at Reading, Leeds, Lollapalooza, and SXSW, and appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

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