News: Pale Waves announce new single ‘The Hard Way’ ahead of new album ‘Unwanted’

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As they approach the release of their highly-anticipated third album UNWANTED on 12 August via Dirty Hit, PALE WAVES follow a run of scorching alternative-rock singles with THE HARD WAY – one of their most candid and sentimental tracks to date.

While most UNWANTED focusses on frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie’s troubles with vanity, anger, jealousy and hopelessness, The Hard Way – her favourite song on the album – opens up even further, documenting her battle with loss and the struggle for acceptance that comes with it.

When I was in high school a girl who was being bullied took her own life,” tells Heather. “I got on the bus with her every single morning, and I would see her sitting in her same spot. She sat downstairs and I would go upstairs. The Hard Way is about my regret for not helping her, or standing up for her, that I feel now as an adultAs a kid, you’re so shy and afraid, but I hope it will influence people to stand up for those who need help, and help people understand that their words and actions can be really damaging. You don’t know how cruel you can be sometimes, especially at that age.”

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In addition to a packed summer of UK festival appearances, Pale Waves will celebrate the release of Unwanted with a run of UK instores, including a signing and performance at the iconic Banquet Records in Kingston. 

The intimate shows will offer an appetite-whetting glimpse into the Unwanted live experience, which can be seen across the UK in November as the band embark on their biggest headline tour to date. Beginning with a hometown date at Manchester Albert Hall, the tour will culminate with a show at London O2 Brixton Academy. Tickets available now from:


Fri 29 – DERBYSHIRE – Y Not Festival

Sat 30 – KENDAL – Kendal Calling


Thu 11 – KINGSTON – Banquet Records

Fri 12 – BRIGHTON – Resident Records

Sat 13 – CORNWALL – Boardmasters

Sun 14 – SOUTHAMPTON – Vinilo Records

Mon 15 – BRISTOL – Rough Trade

Tue 16 – NOTTINGHAM – Rough Trade

Wed 17 – NEWCASTLE – HMV Records

Wed17 – NEWCASTLE – Live at Central

Thu 18 – LEEDS – Vinyl Whistle

Fri 26 – LEEDS Festival

Sun 28 – READING Festival


Sat 15 – LEEDS – Live at Leeds


Fri 25 – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall

Sat 26 – LIVERPOOL – O2 Academy

Sun 27 – GLASGOW – Barrowland

Mon 28 – DUNDEE – Fat Sam’s

Wed 30 – LONDON – O2 Brixton Academy

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