By Joey Lopez
December 1, 2018
British pop band Pale Waves have been making waves in the mainstream this past year after the release of their debut album My Mind Makes Noises produced by The 1975’s Matthew Heely and their performance at VENUE gave credence to their rapid rise.
The show was opened by the outstanding Kailee Morgue whose contagious energy had the crowd dancing right off the bat. Her cover of “Black Sheep” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World received an explosive reaction and deservedly so.
Pale Waves came on with incredible reception, even for a small crowd, their uproarious excitement made them sound ten times bigger. Opening with their hit “Television Romance,” frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie danced around the stage with the energy and fervor of someone who was born to be a rock star. There are musicians and then there are performers – Baron-Gracie is a performer through and through. Her stage presence was the shining moment of the entire show and her dance moves were something to behold.
Having only one album in their discography, Pale Waves played a short and sweet set covering the entirety of My Mind Makes Noise. The band plays their anthems of heart break with their emotions on their sleeves, especially Baron-Gracie who punctuated lyrics of loss and insecurity with her hands to her head as if she were ready to rip her hair out each time she hit a high note.
Brit-Pop is alive and well and Pale Waves brought their unique brand of the genre to VENUE with an emotional and powerful performance.