Pave Waves – 22nd September 2018 – Newcastle Boiler Shop
By Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)
Pale Waves debut album, My Mind Makes Noises, was released the Friday before they headlined Newcastle’s Boiler Shop. It was noted that “you’ll need to be a heartsick emo teenager to endure the lyrics.” Looking at the sold out crowd, yes there were a handful of ‘emo goths,’ which proves that you cannot judge a book by its cover. What you can say is that Pale Waves are for everyone who likes a bit of goth, a bit of indie and a bit of indie-pop.
We were spoilt with support acts as the night got underway with indie-rockers King Nun from London and dark-dream pop from Bristol’s Swimming Girls. They definitely warmed the crowd up who were crammed in every single centimetre they could find to get closer to the Mancunian quartet. Those who got a ticket definitely left not with one favourite band but with three!
As lights went down for the main act, I never thought I would hear emo-goths scream for a band. Again, don’t judge a book by its cover.
Hit after hit and banger after banger came throughout the whole night from the back catalogue and gems from the album. Kicking off with Television Romance, there was not one word the crowd missed out singing back to Heather Baron-Gracie and her bandmates Ciara Doran, Charles Wood and Hugo Silvani as the stage filled with smoke, strobed lights and at every opportunity red lights filled the venue, which seemed fitting as the colour text of the debut album to a limited pressing of the vinyl being of that very colour and fifth song into the night being album track, Red. Filling the void between songs there were plenty of screams and at times chants of “Ciara” which Heather acknowledges and says. “I love all these Ciara chants going on as if anyone knows Pale Waves, they know I am her number one Stan!” Of course the crowd gets wilder. And maybe but only slightly, The Tide, gets the biggest cheers of the night when Heather introduces it and competition is tight as to who actually sang it the loudest — crowd or singer? The fall off of One More Time and the encore songs, of My Obsession and There’s A Honey, come quite close!
Honestly, it’s been a while since I have witnessed an energetic crowd of this sort. There was no moving those at the front of the barrier and eight ‘rows’ behind but a ‘mosh pit’ further back happened on more than THREE occasions. The crowd were in their element that they made sure their fellow Pale Waver enjoyed it as much as them that it was noted a few even got a guy out his wheelchair to raise him higher. So, if you thought all emo-goths were sad and miserable get along to a Pale Waves gig and you will never think like that again. That album review even judged the fan base of Pale Waves and it could not have been further from the truth.
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