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Music Editorial

palewaves18.jpg Waving not drowning

The Pale Waves were named on the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2018 poll (and the shortlist for my own personal Look of 2018 poll). Anyway. They’re very good and playing Middlesbrough in February.

I love Pale Waves’ aesthetic. They look like they could have been lurking around as extras in the classic German expressionist silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Such a look may have you thinking that the band knock out the kind of goth pop that would frighten spiders, but they actually do a very neat, and very lovely, line in art pop that comes sprinkled with 100s and 1000s. 1975 are big fans of theirs and, indeed, Pale Waves know how to give their tunes some 1975 style oomph, with those big choruses being creamy enough to stick a flake in. They were formed in Manchester, have released four singles to date (FYI: all amazing), and their eagerly awaited debut album is due out “sometime in 2018”. If it’s not one of the year’s finest, then I’ll eat my hair. Hell, I’ll eat their hair.

Pale Waves, Friday 23 February, Westgarth Social Club, 99 Southfield Road, Middlesbrough, 7pm, £8. facebook.com/westgarth.social.club