Pale Waves’ Heather Baron-Gracie: “All my energy is going into writing our best album yet”

Heather Baron-Gracie talks self-belief, creating a universe for fans, and having “the grandest ambitions for Pale Waves”.

Pale Waves’ Heather Baron-Gracie: “All my energy is going into writing our best album yet”
Emily Carter
Noelle Duquette

Fresh from the news that Pale Waves will be making their highly-anticipated debut at Slam Dunk next year, we catch up with Heather Baron-Gracie in the new winter issue of Kerrang! to look forward to the festivals, as well as new music.

Though Heather can’t divulge anything in proper detail just yet when it comes to the follow-up to third LP Unwanted, the singer reveals that a newfound streak of self-belief will be helping to shape all things Pale Waves going forwards.

“I’ve started to really love myself, after years of neglect,” she tells Kerrang! in the new mag. “Only now have I started to realise that I should love every inch of myself. I’m a lot more comfortable and confident in who I am, where I am in life, my sexuality. I don’t mind being on show anymore.

“So all of my attention and energy is going into writing and recording our best album yet. Ultimately, that’s about building a world that feels like Pale Waves, while also feeling completely different to anywhere we’ve inhabited before. We’re creating another universe for our fans to explore, and for us to live in for a moment.”

And a brave, bold new chapter therefore means that 2024 is hopefully going to be incredibly busy for the band…

“2023 was quite relaxed by our standards,” Heather considers. “I’m ready for next year to be completely flooded with things. From day one, I’ve had the grandest ambitions for Pale Waves, and I always will. I want this band to be the biggest that we can possibly be. For us, ‘The Dream’ is still very much the biggest dream.”

Get your copy of the Kerrang! 2023 winter issue now to read the full interview with Heather, as well as brand-new features with everyone from Green Day to Nova Twins to Fall Out Boy to Skindred.

Pale Waves play Slam Dunk Festival from May 25 – 26, 2024.

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