In a new BuzzFeed series on the “Listening Party,” Heather Baron-Gracie, from the British indie-pop band called “Pale Waves,” granted an interview about the band’s new single “She’s My Religion” and their upcoming album, titled “Who Am I?.”
When quizzed on the inspiration for the song, Baron-Gracie said she was inspired by her amazing girlfriend. She shared that the first album might have contained love songs, but they weren’t so obvious, but since then, she is more attuned to herself and her sexuality.
She also added that meeting someone she cared about made it easy to write about her sexuality.
Love In Its Entirety
On her thoughts about the lyrics of the song, she said loving someone means loving their entirety, the dark side along with the positive.
The “Lighthouse” singer shared that she felt whole because her girlfriend made her feel loved, and their love is one that is sure to survive all trials.
Baron-Gracie revealed that the dark lyrics of the song might hide that the song is a love song as the lyrics are cold, dark, and cynical. She added that she wanted the song to be unique with the dark twists as there are lots of love songs out there.
The First Is The Best
The singer shared that she wanted to make a song that does not just talk about a person but also accepting their dark sides.
When asked if there was someone she would want to listen to the song “She’s My Religion,” Baron-Gracie excitedly said she would pick Avril Lavigne, her childhood hero.
During the next interview question, the singer was asked what was changed in the first demo of the song and the released version; she promptly answered that nothing changed because the demo of the song already contained strong lyrics.
A Song For The Community
The “My Obsession” singer divulged that she somehow still preferred the demo, as the song was so magical that it cannot be replicated a second time.
She continued that the music video of herself and her girlfriend was natural and at the same time intimidating because, as an artist, a lot is given up. Nevertheless, she wanted the song to represent the uniqueness of the LGBTQ+ community.
She also wanted the lyrics to represent the real-life relationship between two people that love each other wholly, as there are lots of other videos out there that are overly sexualized and playful.
Back In Time
The second album is titled “Who Am I?” It is set to be mainstream in February 2021, and Baron-Gracie shared a tidbit about it, saying the songs were influenced by the ’90s and ’00s. According to the singer, that time had more vulnerable and raw music.
She continued that she wanted an album where she could play the guitar on every track on the album. Baron-Gracie again added that the album is lyrically unapologetic because it talks about important subjects, including society, women’s health, mental health, and the joy and trials of love.
She concluded that her dream collaboration would be one with Michelle Branch or Shania Twain, and “The Chicks.”