British indie-pop band Pale Waves have released their newest single “She’s My Religion” – A love letter that sees frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie embracing her sexuality and stepping into her own to become the artist she didn’t see in music when she was growing up. The single comes off of the band’s sophomore album Who Am I?, due to be released in February of 2021 via Dirty Hit Records. “She’s My Religion” follows lead single “Change,” a catchy, retro-guitar track made up of stories of heartbreak from Heather’s friends, reflecting the different moods and emotions that we all go through, and was first played as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1. Who Am I?, the follow-up to the band’s 2018 debut album My Mind Makes Noises which amassed over 70 million streams worldwide, opens up a bold new chapter for Pale Waves. With a softer, more vulnerable look representative of their new, positive mindset, “Change” and “She’s My Religion” flip the Pale Waves world upside-down with their acoustic-guitar-laden alternative pop rock energy. Made up of stories of heartbreak from Heather’s friends, “Change” was first played as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1. Inspiring inclusivity and self-discovery in listeners by exploring themes of mental health, growing pains, sexuality, and falling in love, Heather’s songwriting holds the last few years of her life up to the light to confidently create a safe space for people to be themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin.
Who Am I? acts as the Pale Waves manifesto, inspiring inclusivity, self-discovery, and the notion of being whoever the hell you want to be. On the making of the album, Heather says “for me, music and art is for people not to feel so alone and isolated. I want to be that person my fans look up to and find comfort in.” The upcoming album was recorded primarily in Los Angeles alongside producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Sigur Rós), before the Coronavirus lockdown forced the making of the album to go virtual, with Heather remaining in LA and the rest of the band returning home to record their parts in their bedrooms, sending them back to LA to be added into the record. Pale Waves – comprised of front woman Heather Baron-Gracie (she/her); drummer Ciara Doran (they/them); guitarist Huge Silvani (he/him) and bassist Charlie Wood (he/him) – made an immediate splash when the debuted on the music scene a few year ago, hitting the Top 10 on UK Album Chart, winning the NME Under The Radar award, making the BBC Sound of 2018 shortlist, touring with fellow Dirty Hit label mates and mentors The 1975 as well as Muse and The Cure, and appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers. They have performed at Reading, Leeds, Lollapalooza, SXSW, and Outside Lands Festival and have received praise from NPR, AV Club, The Fader, Stereogum, Nylon, Billboard, Ladygunn, and more. You can connect with Pale Waves via the following links. Photo credit: Jordan Curtis-Hughes.