The Wave Pictures
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The Wave Pictures

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




"Quotes for "Long Black Cars" Album"

"you feel like you're riding inside the head of one of the most distinctive lyrical voices in Britain" - Vice (8/10)

"it's a relief to hear a band operating at the peak of their powers, with the unmistakeable Chuck Berry-gone-Velvets guitar playing of Dave Tattersall taking the front seat" - Artrocker (4/5)

"near-impossible to resist" - The Line Of Best Fit

"Erstwhile providers of witty, verbose, quasi-skiffle guitar pop" - Music oMH

"the sort of songs you know without really knowing, songs that just sound right even on your first listen... a good reminder of their brilliance" - This Is Fake DIY (8/10)

"their beauty lies in how they can take such rudimentary ingredients and create something genuinely exciting" - Drowned in Sound (7/10)
- Various

"US Online Press"

Miami New Times Concert Review

AOL Spinner Interview

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Village Voice Show Preview

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23rd April 2012 - Spaghetti (Single)
2nd April 2012 - Long Black Cars (Album)
13th February 2012 - Eskimo Kiss (Single)
22nd August - In Her Kitchen (Single)
13th June 2011 - Blue Harbour (Single)
2nd May 2011 - Beer In The Breakers (Album)
18th April 2011 - Little Surprise (Single)
13th December 2010 - Jonny Helm Sings (Single)
7th June 2010 - Sweetheart (EP)
26th Oct 2009 - Strawberry Cables (Single)
4th May 2009 - If You Leave It Alone (Album)
13th April 2009 - If You Leave It Alone (Single)
Pigeon EP
4th August 2008 - Just Like A Drummer (EP)
5th May 2008 - Instant Coffee Baby (Album)
28th April 2008 - Strange Fruit for David (Single)
I Love You Like A Madman (Single)
We Dress Up Like Snowmen (Single)



“Scenes are generally to be avoided,” declares Wave Pictures frontman David Tattersall “We were borne out of complete isolation. Consequently, I’ve always been suspicious of scenes.” David and bass player Franic Rozycki grew up together in Wymeswold near Loughborough, Franic meeting drummer Jonny Helm at University in Cardiff, they formed The Wave Pictures in 2003. Living apart for some time, the band would come together to tour and record with musical soul mates Herman Dune and Darren Hayman of Hefner, before ultimately moving to London as ‘mutual ground’ a year ago. Recording, performing and writing has always been second nature, countless CDR’d ‘albums’ have circulated between friends, fans and fellow musicians. All the while music was compulsion and songwriting an essential reflex, never contrived to act as occupation, career, or a route to stardom, but always an innate instinct.

Their ‘debut’ album was recorded with the minimum of fuss in the basement studio of The Duke Of Uke music shop on Hanbury Road; an ad-hoc gig venue, meeting place and musical haven from prevailing winds of the mainstream. A record comprised largely of live takes, with overdubs reserved for the odd backing vocal, violin, brass or guest appearance, it has a wonderfully spontaneous and natural presence.

Here is the simple spacious recording of early blues and country records, the essential Garage band ‘roots pop’ of the Crickets, the proto-punk of Jonathan Richman and the influence of their musical compatriots Herman Dune. Allowing David’s twisted love songs to evoke the grubby romance within the very fabric of English life, basking in the invigorating quality of youth that is purely The Wave Pictures.

Bravely mining the lost essence of British Indie, The Wave Pictures were critically lauded last year for their debut album Instant Coffee Baby. Short listed for The Guardian ‘New Album Award’ and included in Plan B’s ‘Albums of 2008’, their seductively shabby love songs evoking the grubby romance of youth won them fans amongst public and critics alike.