Manchester’s goth-pop behemoths Pale Waves, returned to The Leadmill with their infectious blend of bubble-gum hooks and post-punk presence. The dream-pop quartet hypnotised fans with their small collection of tracks to date not to mention front-woman Heather Baron-Gracie’s brooding stares.
Pale Waves have blown up since signing with Dirty Hit famous for artists including Wolf Alice and Superfood. Their frequent single releases and last year’s tour support for fellow Mancunians The 1975, tied with their catchy hooks has seen them soar to early success and sold out shows like in Sheffield.
Opening with ‘Television Romance’, Baron-Gracie and the band shuffle between head-swinging and crowd staring – reminiscent of Robert Smith when performing with The Cure. This stage presence matches their music – caught somewhere between pop and rock but with jangly guitars and synths to get your feet moving.
The band race through their six singles to date including The blissful releases ‘The Tide’ and ‘Heavenly’ from their debut EP ‘All the Things I Never Said’ with a few unreleased tracks also thrown in the mix. The ethereal Baron-Gracie announced ‘My Obsession’ as “the slow song” before delivering the track with earnest as smoke spread across the stage.
The hardcore fans at the front go into a frenzy as the first chord of debut single and concluding track ‘There’s a Honey’ rings out. A triumphant performance ending the night on a high before the band hastily exit the stage, and the smoke fades out.
Sure, much like the smoke on stage, each of Pale Waves tracks merge and are not entirely distinct from one and other. However, their style, delivery and infectious hooks remain equally captivating as the band continually churn out goth-pop anthems on the regular.
With just one EP to date, Pale Waves are a gathering storm – a tsunami in the making, growing and growing, ready to come crashing down later this year with their debut album.