Heather Baron-Gracie admits it’s sometimes daunting to spill her soul.
As the singer/guitarist for the English pop group Pale Waves, Baron-Gracie does such daily.
“Sometimes I think about it and it really scares me and I freak out for a few minutes,” she says with her angelic voice. “It’s pretty intimidating and overwhelming at the same time.”
Influenced by heart-breaking songs by The Cure and The Cranberries, Pale Waves’ musicians hear their fair share of troubling tales from fans who can relate to their lyrics. However, those same listeners find solace in Pale Waves.
“It really helps people get through what they get through,” Baron-Gracie says. “To be honest, it’s worth it.”
Baron-Gracie—who’s joined in Pale Waves by drummer Ciara Doran, guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood—recently released the single “Heavenly,” the final track from the EP, All The Things I Never Said. The new single joins “The Tide,” “New Year’s Eve” and “My Obsession” to fill out the EP.
In February, Pale Waves was named as the No. 5 artist on the BBC Sound of 2018 shortlist and collected the “Under The Radar Award” at the 2018 NME Awards.
“It’s such a rewarding thing to receive—especially from a big company like NME,” she says. “It means a lot and it’s our first-ever award. It’s really exciting for us.”
So what did she do with the trophy? Pale Waves’ manager has it.
To build on that success, the four-piece is on a North American tour that comes to the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix on Friday, March 23.
“I’m thinking we might do a few surprises,” she says. “I’m not going to say what yet. We don’t want people to know ahead of time. But we’re going to throw in some curveballs.”
But the straight shooter is just thrilled people are listening to Pale Waves’ music.
“Quite a lot of people say we saved their lives,” Baron-Gracie says. “They’ve gone through such a (crap) time and then listening to us has helped them and stopped them from doing anything. That’s mind blowing. I just freeze most of the time when they tell me that. It’s such a statement. The only thing I can say is I’m happy.”
Pale Waves w/INHEAVEN, The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.296.7013, therebellounge.com, 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, $13-$15.