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Pale Waves deliver new track "The Hard Way"

20 July 2022, 12:25 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Pale Waves have released new song "The Hard Way" as the fourth preview of their upcoming album Unwanted.

After releasing "Jealousy", "Reasons To Live" and "Lies", Pale Wavess have delivered a fourth outing titled "The Hard Way".

Lead vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie says of the track, "When I was in high school a girl who was being bullied took her own life. 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."

Baron-Gracie adds, "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."

Unwanted will follow last year's Who Am I? album.

Baron-Gracie said of the album title in May, "It was really the only thing this album could be called. It’s bold and unapologetic, and that’s what the Pale Waves community is about. We don’t need to fit a perfect mould, we don’t need to apologise for being ourselves, and we won’t change for anyone. That acceptance is what connects us."

"The Hard Way" is out now. Pale Waves' Unwanted album will be released on 12 August via Dirty Hit, and is available to pre-order now. They'll play London's O2 Academy Brixton on 30 November. Tickets are on sale now from
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