Pale Waves Shares “The Hard Way”

Pale Waves have dropped a video for their single “The Hard Way,” a track off their forthcoming album Unwanted, out August 12 via Dirty Hit
Pale Waves have dropped a video for their single “The Hard Way"

Pale Waves have dropped their new single “The Hard Way,” a track off their forthcoming album Unwanted, available August 12 via Dirty Hit. “The Hard Way” reflects on Heather’s wish that her childhood self had done more for a girl who ended up taking her own life after being bullied at school.

“When I was in high school a girl who was being bullied took her own life,” shares Heather on the inspiration for the song. “I got on the bus with her every single morning and I would see her sitting in her same spot. She sat downstairs, and I would go upstairs. ‘The Hard Way’ is about my regret for not helping her, or standing up for her, that I feel now as an adult.

“As a kid you’re so shy and afraid, but I hope it’ll influence people to stand up for those who need help, and help people understand that their words and actions can be really damaging. You don’t know how cruel you can be sometimes, especially at that age.”

“The Hard Way” follows the release previous single “Jealousy,” an amped-up anthem that explores a darker shade of love and jealousy as something that proves devotion while effortlessly showcasing the band’s chic and stylized approach to alternative rock. The album also features recently released track “Reasons To Live,” a euphoric burst of energy premiered by Zane Lowe about finding someone who keep going, and lead single “Lies” – an angst-fueled, rebellious pop-punk anthem that pairs the crunchy guitars and rhythmic drive of 2000s with the rage of a 90s rock band to speak to lies catching up with someone who has shattered your trust.

The album dives into feelings that I felt not only needed to be written but I felt like our fans want to hear,” continues Heather on the themes that inspired Unwanted. “Almost everyone has felt like they don’t belong, or has been made to feel like they’re not good enough. That’s a consistent theme that I’m seeing from our fans – that their family doesn’t approve of them, or their friends have disowned them because they’ve come out. So Unwanted had to be honest, provocative and loud. Not only thematically, but in the music as well.”

Pale Waves
Unwanted
Track List
Dirty Hit Records

Lies
Unwanted
The Hard Way
Jealousy
Alone
Clean
Without You
Only Problem
You’re So Vain
Reasons To Live
Numb
Act My Age
So Sick (Of Missing You)

Pale Waves 2022 TOUR DATES

July 20 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, Canada *
July 21 – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre – Sterling Heights, MI *
July 22 – The Rave/Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
July 23 – The Armory – Minneapolis, MN *
July 24 – Saint Louis Music Park – Maryland Heights, MO *
July 29 – Y-Not Festival – Pikehall, Derbyshire, UK
July 30 – Kendal Calling Festival – Lowther Deer Park, UK
August 13 – Boardmasters Festival – Cornwall, UK
August 26 – Leeds Festival – Leeds, UK
August 28 – Reading Festival – Reading, UK
September 16- Riot Fest- Chicago, IL
November 25 – Albert Hall – Manchester, UK
November 26 – O2 Academy – Liverpool, UK
November 27 – Beach Ballroom – Abderdeen, UK
November 28 – Barrowland Ballroom – Glasgow, UK
November 30 – O2 Brixton Academy – London, UK

* As main support for 5 Seconds of Summer

Pre-order Unwanted by Pale Waves HERE