Review: Pale Wave’s Raw New Track ‘Eighteen’ From Debut Album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’

‘I was eighteen when I met you, poured my heart out and spilled my whole truth’.

Manchester’s Pale Waves, an indie-pop quartet that are taking the world by absolute storm, are back with their latest single ‘Eighteen’. Debuted as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World Right Now on BBC Radio 1, ‘Eighteen’ is a triumphant song taking you, as well as lead singer Heather Baron Gracie, on an absolute nostalgia trip through your first love.

From a slow, ethereal opening through to the infectious chorus, ‘Eighteen’ relatable in the best and worst way, depending on how your first love went for you. ‘Eighteen’ is a raw track tinged with both sadness and joy, it’s a sort of starry-eyed and pained reflection on a past life, but it really has the high energy Pale Waves charm that we love them so much for.

‘Eighteen’ has been a favourite with fans at their live shows for a while now, so it’s an absolute treat to have its ‘official’ version with us after a long wait.

Pale Waves announced the details of their long-awaited first album at the same time. My Mind Makes Noises will be coming on September 14tand will include ‘Television Romance’, ‘Kiss’ and host of other tracks we’ve yet to hear. Indie fans have been at the edge of their seat waiting for whatever Pale Waves would do next, and to be honest, they still have us there.

Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to catch some of them at some of their shows this summer whilst they make their way around the world, festival by festival.



Pale Waves will be heading on a UK and Ireland tour this Autumn, with a US tour following.

Friday September 21 2018 – SWG3, Glasgow

Saturday September 22 2018– Boiler Shop, Newcastle

Sunday September 23 2018– The Foundry, Sheffield

Monday September 24 2018 – O2 Academy, Liverpool

Tuesday September 25 2018 – O2 Academy, Birmingham

Thursday September 27 2018 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Friday September 28 2018 – O2 Ritz, Manchester

Monday October 1 2018 – Rock City, Nottingham

Tuesday October 2 2018  – Guildhall, Southampton

Wednesday October 3 2018 – O2 Academy, Bristol

Friday October 5 2018 – Elmwood Hall, Belfast

Saturday October 6 2018 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Sunday October 7 2018 – Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick

Monday October 8 2018 – Academy, Dublin

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Words by: David Thomas

Apart from working as a music journalist, David works in social media within the charity sector. He's a big fan of everything travel, coffee and dogs and a complete expert on everything Bastille and Lorde.
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