Mancunian quartet Pale Waves has had a whirlwind four years. Back then, lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran were meeting at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. Fast forward to today and they’ve won the NME’s Under The Radar Award 2018, got fifth place in the BBC Sound of 2018 poll, have an EP out in the UK with independent label Dirty Hit, and a deal to release music in the US too with Interscope Records. Their first EP, ‘All The Things I Never Said’, is filled with dreamy synths and dark, yet dangerously catchy choruses – no surprise then to know they count The Cure and The Cranberries as influences. They’ve played all over the world already, having jumped on tour with The 1975 (which included opening for them at New York’s Madison Square Garden, no big deal) and have a summer of festivals ahead of them – all that with their first album yet to be released. That’s making a wave alright.