Pale Waves: “We wanted to make a more honest record, and that meant bringing guitar to the forefront”

[L-R] Heather Baron-Gracie and Hugo Silvani of Pale Waves
(Image credit: Andrew Benge/Burak Cingi/Getty Images)

Three years on the road can do a lot to a young band.

Perspectives change, priorities can shift, and new sources of inspiration can be found. Some bands climb to great new heights, while others may find themselves at terrifying lows.

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Chris Schwarten

Chris is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar with around 20 years of guitar playing experience – including writing for and recording various projects for around 15 of those. Outside of practical experience, he’s studied music throughout his life, with a particular focus on composition at university. He’s something of a 90s tragic and a sucker for anything with a groovy, metallic edge or psych and stoner vibes. Outside of music, he’s an avid cook, gardener, and rugby league lover.