Johnathan Ramsay chats with Pale Waves’ frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie ahead of a pivotal few months for the dream-pop quartet that will see them embark on a mammoth international tour and release their highly-anticipated debut album.
Your ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ album is due to be released this month, so are you nervous for its release?
Yeah, very nervous – super, super nervous. I just want everyone to be happy with it and I want it to be what people expected and more. I sometimes read reviews but I don’t go into them too much because that can get a bit messy.
Are there any tracks on the album that stand out as the most important to you?
The last track on the album, ‘Karl’, is my favourite song on the album. I feel like that’s a song where I’m in my most vulnerable and honest state. It’s like a super emo track – it’s kind of like picking from your favourite children doing this though – it’s hard to say I prefer one over another.
You’ve created such a devoted fan-base in such a short time, but do you ever get the chance to have much interaction with them?
Yeah – I love meeting fans. I just love meeting people that love Pale Waves because we automatically have that thing in common. The fans are the reason we can do any of this so I think it’s really special for us to meet them, never mind them meeting us.
What’s the most interesting fan interaction that you’ve had?
They give you all sorts of things, sometimes really odd things…like a piece of their clothing or jewellery, paintings, drawings, food, all sorts. It’s bizarre, and like you have to have another suitcase with you on tour for all of this stuff because there’s just so much of it. It’s all at my house basically and my parents look through it all the time, bless them.
The name of the album is a lyric from your single, ‘Noises’, which seems like such a personal track. Is it about your own experiences with body consciousness?
Yeah, it is. It’s about me being self-conscious, about me having issues with how I look, with my body – and it’s not just about my self-esteem and my body, it’s about other insecurities that I have. I felt like it was a song that I needed to write because being so self-conscious is a big thing in my life and it has been for years. I knew that other people would really relate to it, especially our fans, so I’m just really glad that I found the courage to release a song like that because I feel like it’s helped a lot of people so far.
Pale Waves play Boiler Shop, Newcastle on Saturday 22nd September. Tickets, priced at £13.00 (plus booking fee), are available from seetickets.com.