Pastel continue their upwards trajectory as they share their brand new single ‘Your Day’. It comes as the Manchester quintet are poised to take things to the next level, the next step being their imminent debut UK headline tour - which is now entirely sold-out - ahead of their long-awaited debut album next year. LISTEN https://lnk.to/YourDay
‘Your Day’ immediately affirms that Pastel do things a little differently from the rest of the next wave pack of Brit guitar bands. The interplay between Jack Yates’ controlled-yet-charismatic topline with call-and-response backing vocals from guitarist James Yates is immediately distinctive, while the dreamy shoegaze textures of the guitars are amplified with the heft of some of Johnny Marr’s biggest riffs. Its power is heightened by its percussion: simultaneously streamlined and economical, but relentlessly on beat. In short, with the uncompromising ‘Your Day’, Pastel are holding absolutely nothing back.
‘Your Day’ was written by Pastel and produced by Afflecks Palace frontman J. Fender.
Pastel commented, “The tribal drum beat and roaring guitars are war-like, a manifestation of our mindset growing up on the streets of Manchester. Hope and optimism pepper the lyrics but the music on this tune is bellicose for a reason. ‘Your Day’ is a statement; an opening shot fired. Our debut album is coming.”
The official video for ‘Your Day’ will be released this Sunday and captures the band’s incendiary performance in stark, classy monochrome. It was directed by their friend Charlie Lightening, whose credits include high profile visuals for Liam Gallagher, The Rolling Stones and Louis Tomlinson.
Completed by Joe Anderson (lead guitar), Liam O’Shea (bass) and Rhys Wheeler (drums), Pastel have developed a strong cult following in recent years and now stand on the cusp of a major breakthrough. Their 2021 debut EP ‘Deeper Than Holy’ went straight to #1 on the UK vinyl chart and sold-out its 12” vinyl pressing in just 90 seconds. Last year saw them excel on one of the biggest stages imaginable when they were invited to open Liam Gallagher’s landmark Knebworth show, and their reputation continued to soar when their second EP, ‘Isaiah’, shot to #2 on the UK vinyl chart (fun fact: it was Madonna who kept them from returning to the top of the charts).
Expect to see Jack and James Yates hit the big screen next year. The pair both have small roles in the upcoming ‘Trailer Park Boys’ film ‘Bubbles and the Shitrockers’, which was directed by Charlie Lightening.
Pastel will follow their sold-out debut headline tour by playing Port Talbot’s Shunkfest as well as a launch party for the Cambrensis autumn/winter collection in Cardiff. The band will end 2023 with another major tour, this time as guests to The Twang. The dates are:
21st - Bristol, The Louisiana (SOLD OUT)
22nd - Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
23rd - Newcastle, The Cluny (SOLD OUT)
24th - Nottingham, Rough Trade (SOLD OUT)
4th - Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge (SOLD OUT)
5th - London, Camden Assembly (SOLD OUT)
6th - Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall (LOW TICKETS)
7th - Liverpool, Jimmys (SOLD OUT)
8th - Glasgow, King Tuts (LOW TICKETS)
13th - Swansea, Bunkhouse (SOLD OUT)
14th - Port Talbot, Shunkfest (HEADLINERS)
16th - Cardiff, The Globe (Cambrensis autumn/winter collection launch party)
NOVEMBER - SPECIAL GUESTS TO THE TWANG
24th - Sheffield, Leadmill
25th - London, O2 Academy Islington
DECEMBER - SPECIAL GUESTS TO THE TWANG
1st - Glasgow, The Garage
2nd - Manchester, O2 Ritz
8th - Wrexham, The Rockin’ Chair
15th - Wolverhampton, The Wulfrun at The Halls
16th - Leicester, O2 Academy
23rd - Birmingham, O2 Institute