PALE WAVES have returned with their new single LIES – the first to be taken from their third album UNWANTED, due for release on 12 August via Dirty Hit. You can watch the video for the single below.

Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Zak Cervini, whose credits read like a who’s who of alt-rock royalty – from Blink 182 and Modern Baseball to Halsey and Machine Gun Kelly – Lies pairs the crunchy guitars and rhythmic drive of 2000s pop punk with the rage of a 90s rock band.

Lies is about someone who built up my trust and destroyed it like a wrecking ball,” says front woman Heather Baron-Gracie, “and it caused some real trust issues but, fortunately for me, that person is no longer in my life. One you do me wrong, you’re gone!

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Pale Waves have been on a personal and artistic journey since the release of their debut album My Mind Makes Noises in 2018. These experiences have begun to inform their songs in recent years and are what jump to the fore on Unwanted.

It was really the only thing this album could be called,” says Baron-Gracie, now 27. “It’s bold and unapologetic, and that’s what the Pale Waves community is about. We don’t need to fit a perfect mould, we don’t need to apologise for being ourselves, and we won’t change for anyone. That acceptance is what connects us.”

Unwanted is a record that reaches out into the passionate community of misfits and LGBTQI fans around the band, tapping into darker emotions than ever before whilst also striking a fresh tone of defiance.

The band have also announced a UK headline tour for November 2022, culminating with a show at London O2 Brixton Academy. The tour follows a packed summer of UK festival appearances, including Neighbourhood Weekender, Community Festival, Y Not, Kendal Calling, Boardmasters, Reading and Leeds. Tickets will be available via fan pre-sale at 10am on Wednesday 18 May and on general sale from 10am on Friday 20 May.


May 29 Neighbourhood Weekender

July 16 Community Festival

July 29 Y Not Festival

July 30 Kendal Calling

Aug 13 Boardmasters

Aug 26 Leeds Festival

Aug 28 Reading Festival



Fri 25 MANCHESTER Albert Hall

Sat 26 LIVERPOOL O2 Academy

Sun 27 DUNDEE Fat Sams

Mon 28 GLASGOW Barrowland

Wed 30 LONDON O2 Brixton Academy

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