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The Wave Pictures

Postby Neige » 03 Dec 2018, 15:41

Very prolific indie band from Leicestershire, active for 20 years by now.

I discovered them a couple of weeks ago at a festival, more or less by mistake: the sound of Anna Calvi was so ugly and abrasive at the beginning of her gig, we wandered off to another, smaller location nearby. Earlier I had dismissed a video by the band as "whiny shite, to be avoided". But I was riveted from the first note by the band's humour, fun and instrumental ease, and by the songwriting skills of Dave Tattersall.

This Guardian quote from their Wikipedia entry is spot on:

"charming, witty pop songs shot through with Jonathan Richman's gawky glee and Suede's doomed provincial romanticism... They owe a certain debt to The Smiths, and Tattersall has Morrissey's knack of marrying the ridiculous and the sublime"


I don't like The Smiths, but these guys are my musical love affair of the year. Any takers?



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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 03 Dec 2018, 15:50

can't say I ever willingly heard them.

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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby Darkness_Fish » 03 Dec 2018, 16:31

The first and last tracks aren't bad (especially the guitar line to the first), but I'm not sure how much tolerance I have for that singer's voice. It's the kind of thing I think I'd have to sit through an entire album to see if it becomes grating or ingratiating.
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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby driftin » 03 Dec 2018, 16:36

I couldn't make it through any of those tracks for more than a minute because I really can't stand his voice. The music is quite nice if a little unassuming though.

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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby toomanyhatz » 03 Dec 2018, 16:37

Nice to know it's not just me starting posts destined to not make a second page! :D

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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby Charlie O. » 03 Dec 2018, 17:28

toomanyhatz wrote:Nice to know it's not just me starting posts destined to not make a second page! :D

https://www.bcb-board.co.uk/phpBB2/view ... s#p3980099

:) I enjoyed the Brinks tracks far more than these! Not only do I dislike his voice, I dislike his words. Even if they worked as poetry, it would take more than assigning indifferent melodies to them to make them lyrics.

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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby sloopjohnc » 03 Dec 2018, 19:05

Sorry, couldn't do it. I tried.

Sorta.
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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby Neige » 03 Dec 2018, 21:56

toomanyhatz wrote:Nice to know it's not just me starting posts destined to not make a second page! :D

https://www.bcb-board.co.uk/phpBB2/view ... s#p3980099


For what it's worth, I also like Stanley Brinks aka Andre Herman Düne very much.

Similar seemingly effortless songwriting.
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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby Neige » 03 Dec 2018, 21:59

Darkness_Fish wrote:The first and last tracks aren't bad (especially the guitar line to the first), but I'm not sure how much tolerance I have for that singer's voice. It's the kind of thing I think I'd have to sit through an entire album to see if it becomes grating or ingratiating.


I'm surprised by the tolerance I've developed myself. :P

Still waiting for the album produced by Billy Childish ordered via Discogs (the two 2018 ones I bought on the spot and via bandcamp).
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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby Neige » 04 Dec 2018, 08:56

Oh, and in spite of the lack of love and/or interest, here's a recent concert similar to the one I saw.

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Re: The Wave Pictures

Postby The Prof » 04 Dec 2018, 11:03

I thought they were a small local band from round here with a small following.

Didn't realise they'd been going so long and had so many albums out.