Pale Waves have offered up visuals for their latest single, ‘You Don’t Own Me’, taken from their recent second album.
The Manchester natives last month shared Who Am I?, the follow up to 2018’s My Mind Makes Noises and is the fifth single they’ve shared from their debut’s pop-punk infused younger sibling. The record landed at number three in the charts missing out on top-spot to Slowthai’s TYRON, with Foo Fighters’ Medicine at Midnight sandwiched between the pair of them.
“‘ You Don’t Own Me’ is a song for women about what it’s like to be a woman in this world. How society depicts, judges and criticises women on a daily basis,” singer Heather Baron-Gracie previously said of the song. “This song is incredibly important to me and I wanted to represent my own experiences. I also wanted to say a fuck you to everyone that plays by these fake delusional rules that women and gender need to fit inside a specific box.”
In the first verse, Baron-Gracie lays out the differences in societal expectations between men and women as she defiantly sings: “A pretty face like yours, Should really learn to smile more, And no one-night stands for you, Or they’ll think that you’re a whore, You better cross your legs, ‘Cos that’s not very ladylike, Don’t wanna hear your thoughts, Don’t even start to speak your mind.”
Pale Waves recently announced a run of dates throughout the United Kingdom in February 2022 that culminates in their hometown with a date at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse following stops all around the country, including notable shows at O2 Academy’s in almost every major city and a performance at The Roundhouse in Camden.
The video for ‘You Don’t Own Me’ was co-directed by Baron-Gracie with Kelsi Luck and shows Pale Waves performing in a heavily-graffitied room whilst the vocalist sings against a blue backdrop. Check out the visuals below.