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Following on from Top 10 debut album My Mind Makes Noises which made pop goth band Pale Waves and firm favourite amongst Gen X, the Dirty Hit signees now drop second LP Who Am I? which explores sexual identity as a wonderfully emotive coming of age album.
Drawing on the music that inspired her most and her own experiences as a band leader and coming out, singer Heather Baron-Gracie has now released her most personal work yet:
“I feel like this album is childhood for me. It’s the music that I grew up with. And I didn’t want to do another record that was really ’80s-inspired synth-pop music. I was done with that. I was over it. And I wanted to move on. And this is what I know best. This is what I’ve only ever known. And now this is the core of me. This is what founded my love for music and from the earliest days. So, it’s the easiest kind of music for me to write. And of course, Avril is a massive inspiration. There’s no denying that she was my childhood hero.”
Grab your copy of Who Am I? HERE. Plus, you can see Pale Waves promote their essential album on their newly announced tour, playing headlines dates during February 2022. Hit the link below to book your tickets!
America is still reeling from Trump’s presidency and his attempted last grab at power, rallying the Far Right for a riot at the White House, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah try to understand the events and bring about a sense of healing on sixth album New Fragility.
“No one seems to be speaking to what I feel like is inescapable. The political environment around the world, but especially the United States – I don’t understand why people don’t try to at least touch on it.” – Alec Ounsworth
Powerful and anthemic, New Fragility is ten tracks which conjures some of the Springsteen magic, and finds strength in sensitivity rather than becoming an outright protest record. By connecting emotionally, rather than making political statements, it becomes all the more compelling.
Led by Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless never fail to resurrect the attitude and rock rebellion of yesteryear, and Death By Rock And Roll is a wonderful homage to the glory years of the past whilst being so very vital right now!
Tapping into a huge range of hard rock genres, including metal, blues rock and even grunge – their fourth album continues to push forward and sees Momsen powerful vocals at her best, with incredible lyrical prowess too. Check out the hard hitting title track, sinister single “Broomsticks”, colossal anthem “25” plus “And So It Went” which sees them team up with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello to bring the big riffs everyone needs in their life.
See The Pretty Reckless make an appearance at DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL this summer, scheduled to hit Donnington Park at Castle Donnington from Friday 4th till Sunday 6th of June.