"It is a very personal album..." - Pale Waves open up about their debut LP My Mind Makes Noises
Mancunian dream poppers Pale Waves first came to prominence via The 1975. The band's frontman Matty Healy and drummer George Daniel helped produce the group’s early singles and took them out on a number of huge tours, giving the band a brilliant platform to build from.
But, since then, the band have established themselves in their own right with a string of excellent singles.
This week, the band's debut album My Mind Makes Noises arrives, it's full of big choruses, spacey grooves and tales of lost love.
We spoke to singer Heather Baron-Gracie about the making of a very personal debut album...
How did the experience of recording your debut album measure up to your expectations?
"I expected it to be very stressful but was something I’ve always wanted to do so there was a huge amount of excitement. It became all-consuming for the few months of recording, but looking back it was an amazing experience and something I am very proud of."
When were the songs for My Mind Makes Noises written? Do they date from across your career or are they all quite recent?
"There are a few older tracks on there, but the majority of the record was written in the last year on tour, and in the studio whilst recording the record. Having a deadline and the chaotic atmosphere of being in the studio actually brought out the best in us creatively."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme to it?
"I just tried to be as honest as possible with all the lyrics. It is a very personal album, and every song directly relates to somebody or something in my life."
Which song on the album took the longest to get right?
"We have a song called ‘Black’. We have been playing it live for nearly a year now and it was so difficult to get right. It eventually clicked in the studio and it was a great feeling to finally get it perfect."
And which came together most quickly?
"‘One More Time’. I wrote the chorus within 10 minutes and the rest of the song just fell into place very quickly around it."
You’ve included a few of your early singles, but nothing from the All the Things I Never Said EP, why did you decide to do that?
"We wanted the album to be as fresh as possible, so it was important to us to have as many new songs as possible. We like the idea of the EP being a stand-alone set of songs that hopefully become fan classics!"
When did you settle on My Mind Makes Noises for the title? Were any other titles in contention?
"Almost right at the start of the recording session for the album. There were a few ideas for a while but this just felt right."
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"Our biggest tour yet starts next week, and we plan to tour globally until the end of next year."