Review by Hayley Clark with Photography by Robert Barrett

Birmingham’s O2 Institute was awash with teenage angst as Manchester band Pale Waves rocked into the city on Tuesday night, as scores of young fans waited excitably for their upcoming idols they were treated to support from indie rock band Swimming Girls.

Pale Waves

The British four piece kept the audience bouncing around, with strobe lighting and heavy guitar rifts lead singer Vanessa took the microphone in combat style trousers and a crop top with jacket, sending the crowd crazy before the main act.

Swimming Girls

In a style reminiscent of 80’s nostalgic goth pop meets the likes of early 90’s indie the young crowd screamed in delight to hear tracks like ‘Taste Like Money’ and ‘2 Kids’. As the crowd made a huge pit on the arena floor they darted in and out, flowing like a whirlpool of madness as the beat kicked in and they bounced off each other energetically and eagerly, the band left to huge cheers. It was only a small wait before the headliners were due on.

Swimming Girls

With the venue in darkness fans started to clap as a heavy synth beat came from the stage, with strobes of laser beams flying out like aliens in UFOs it was time for Pale Waves to grace the stage.

With debut album My Mind Makes Noises having been released and numerous nominations for awards by MTV and NME, including winning the NME Under The Radar award Heather Baron-Gracie and the other members of the band seem to have crept up on the music industry, even though they have been around for four years since meeting as University students, and exploded into 2018 making it their year to shine.

Pale Waves

The crowd fell into a frenzy as they graced the stage with Ciara on drums playing a funky rock beat and Hugo and Charlie on bass and guitar, they went wild as Heather hit the stage, dressed in rock star chic “Hello Birmingham” she called from the stage.

The rock beat of ‘Television Romance’ darted around the arena, the highly nominated song that most might say put the band on the map, as the crowd sang along they waved their hands in the air as they belted out each of the lyrics word for word. The looks of joy and awe filled the teenage faces as Heather stood centre stage belting out further tracks. With tales of heartbreak and love ‘Eighteen’ and ‘Kiss’ left  the audience spellbound by Heather’s sultry vocals and the bands tight sound. Further mosh pits swirled about as fans climbed on shoulders to surf around and get a better glimpse of the band.

Pale Waves

Pale Waves

Hands flung in the air as crowd stomping favourites filled the listed building, catchy tracks ‘She’, ‘Noises’ and ‘The Tide’ left the audience gasping and screaming for more. As the night went on Heather oozed confidence through the smoky stage and strobe lighting effects. You can see how the band has came so far the past year with her leadership.

As all good things come to an end ‘My Obsession’ and ‘There’s a Honey’ left the audience on a high, as Pale Waves brought their unique sound to an end, after conquering the States on tour earlier in the year it is clear that all the publicity and nominations have been well deserved as they start to take over the UK with their fabulous charisma and energy.

Pale Waves

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