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BBC Sound of 2018: Pale Waves interview

BBC Sound of 2018: Pale Waves interview
From BBC - January 8, 2018

Manchester goth-pop group Pale Waves have kicked off the BBC's Sound of 2018 countdown, which showcases new music talent for the coming 12 months.

The band take fifth place on the Sound of 2018 list, which has been compiled using tips from 173 music experts, including critics, DJs and musicians.

We are revealing one artist from the top five every day this week, with the winner to be announced on Friday.

A longlist of 16 acts was published in November.

Pale Waves are led by singer Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran, who became soulmates as well as bandmates after meeting on the first day of university in Manchester four years ago.

Since that fateful day, they have built a fanbase thanks to songs filled with melodrama, sadness and longing, dressed up with jangly hooks and catchy choruses.

They have been helped by fellow indie heroes The 1975, who have produced their songs and taken them on tour in the US.

You met at uni - but you "met" online before that, did not you?

Heather: There was this big group chat on Facebook and everyone was metalhead boys. And then Ciara popped up like an angel and caught my attention straight away.

Then we moved to Manchester, and that day, a few hours later, we met up and have spent every day together so far.

Ciara: I feel like we have known each other a lot longer.

Heather: We stayed up till 5am pretty much every night just listening to music and talking about everything.We knew everything about each other within

Ciara: ...seven days.

Heather: I have never connected with such a person before.

What did you do in Fresher's Week?

Heather: We did not go to a lot of Fresher's events.

Ciara: The first night, we went to [Manchester venue] Sound Control and Heather passed out and I had to take her back.

Heather: I was a bit tired. And drunk. You took care of me straight away, though, did not you?

What did you study at uni?

Both: Music

Ciara: But it was a terrible uni. That was just a way of us meeting.

Heather: We finished it for our parents and that's it. Outside is where we came to life. If anything, going into that building just sucked the life out of me. You ca not teach someone how to write a song. It's within you.

Ciara: They did not even like us anyway. They like us now.

Heather: Yeah, they love us now. It's like dumping someone and then, when they get a bit popular, you are like, "Oh, I want you back!", posting loads of pictures online about you.

You have a flat in Manchester, do not you?

Heather: We did. Apartment 319. That was our first place together. But when we started getting really busy we moved out of there and just made a little base in Ciara's parents' house because we were never home.

What do your parents think of their house being the Pale Waves HQ?

Ciara: They love it. They are always like, "Have you got any new music to show us?" They are always the first people to hear the new music. All our families are really supportive, which is really cool.

Is there much of Manchester in your music?

Ciara: People ask that and I do not know. We definitely do not sound like The Courteeners or Blossoms but I do not think our music needs to sound like it's from anywhere. We want it to sound like it's from a new world.

What did The 1975 see in you?

Ciara: Jamie, our manager, played them Television Romance and There's A Honey and they loved the songs. [The 1975 singer] Matty said he wished that Television Romance was his song, so he wanted to have some involvement.

What does their production bring to your sound?

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