Pale Waves

Pale Waves


Tue · March 27, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 adv / $17 door

This event is all ages

Pale Waves
Pale Waves
Pale Waves have something special. When speaking with Billboard, lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie is in the middle of discussing how the U.K. band’s upcoming debut EP came together when a timid and clearly overwhelmed fan (tears staining her cheeks) approaches her. “Are you OK?” Baron-Gracie inquires, checking the fan’s bewildered state. To which she responds, “Can I hug you? I’m just so excited to see you perform. Oh my gosh.”

That is the power of Pale Waves, an alt-pop quartet equipped with shimmering, danceable pop tunes that carry tremendous songwriting heft. Those kinds of one-on-one interactions, which are beginning to happen more and more frequently these days, have directly translated into tangible results and a conceivable superstardom.

To date, Baron-Grace, Ciara Doran (drums), Charlie Wood (bass) and Hugo Silvani (guitar) have collected more than 10 million streams off the back of three songs, “There’s a Honey,” “Television Romance” and “New Year’s Eve,” the titular cut of a debut EP set to drop early next year. They've also got the backing of Matty Healy, leader of fellow U.K. pop/rock sensations The 1975, who produced the band's first couple singles and brought the band on tour in North America.

Currently out on the road on their own headlining dates, winding well into 2018, Baron-Gracie admits that it is only recently that she realized their hard work was actually paying off. “A lot of the time, I’m very unaware of where we are and how well we’re doing. I just see this as four best friends that met in Manchester and still are doing what we love,” she says. “I never really look at it from another point of view until I hear what other people say about us, which makes me step back and think ‘Oh, God, our band is actually becoming something.’”

- Jason Scott, Billboard
A set of indie-rock thumpers that suggest a darkness far beyond their name

We’re lucky to have INHEAVEN. Not just because the south London quartet are establishing themselves as indie’s most dangerously exciting debut-album-darlings (see ya, Wolf Alice), but because they nearly never existed at all. “I wouldn’t have even put our music out,” singer James Taylor told NME last year. “I was happy writing for no one”.

At the insistence of friend and now-bassist Chloe Little, the group were conceived in 2015. Soon after, roaring debut single ‘Regeneration’ was released on Cult Records, run by The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas. Now we have their rock-heavy debut. ‘Baby’s Alright’ is a bombastic, horn-featuring opening, and there are Nirvana levels of rage on the grunge-tinged ‘Treats’. It’s the sound of all your messiest student rock nights packed into 39 breathless minutes.

There are softer moments too, like the floating pop of ‘Do You Dream’, but they’re just brief lapses I intensity. Relentless, pile-driving riffs dominate the record, none more so than on closer, ‘Velvet’. INHEAVEN sound like they’d get get near those pearly gates, more like they’ve come bursting out of the fiery depths of hell. We’re well into it.

- Thomas Smith, NME
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110