Manchester-based rock band Pale Waves are pleased to announce a headline Belfast show at Limelight 2 on Saturday, February 19th 2022. The bands new single ‘You Don’t Own Me’ is out now, taken from their forthcoming second album Who Am I? ahead of its release on February 12 via Dirty Hit.
“You Don’t Own Me is a song for women about what it’s like to be a woman in this world. How society depicts, judges and criticises women on a daily basis.” says frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie “This song is incredibly important to me and I wanted to represent my own experiences. I also wanted to say a f*ck you to everyone that plays by these fake delusional rules that women and gender need to fit inside a specific box.”
‘You Don’t Own Me’ follows on from ‘Easy’ - the band’s first single of 2021, premiered on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show as a Hottest Record and accompanied by an official video that drew influence from gothic-romantics and Tim Burton. In late 2020, Pale Waves returned with their comeback single ‘Change’ and ‘She’s My Religion’ - another deeply personal single for frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie who wanted to represent a same sex relationship between two women in its true form without hiding behind the cliches of over-sexualisation or playful experimentation.
Who Am I? was recorded primarily in Los Angeles alongside producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Sigur Rós), before the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020 forced the making of the album to go virtual, with Heather and Ciara remaining in LA and the rest of the band returning home to record their parts in their bedrooms.
The album 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.”
Formed of frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie (she/her); drummer Ciara Doran (they/them); guitarist Hugo Silvani (he/him) and bassist Charlie Wood (he/him), Pale Waves released their debut album My Mind Makes Noises in September 2018, by which time they had already won the NME Under The Radar award, made the BBC sound of 2018 shortlist and toured with Dirty Hit label mates The 1975. When the album charted at 8 on the UK album chart, Pale Waves were seen as more than a breakthrough act and instead one of the most important emerging indie-pop bands in Britain.
Who Am I? tracklisting:
2. Fall To Pieces
3. She’s My Religion
5. Wish U Were Here
7. You Don’t Own Me
8. I Just Needed You
9. Odd Ones Out
10. Run To
11. Who Am I?
Tickets on sale Friday, February 12th 2021 @ 9 am from Ticketmaster.ie and www.limelightbelfast.com