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Glittering jewels in the British music crown
Monday, 30.11.2015, 20:20
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The Wave Pictures (UK)
The British invasion’s still on. «Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon» is this bands latest album and it’s in their trademark style that fuses the ridiculous with the sublime. Using gawky glee, wit and charm to spare.

The trio The Wave Pictures were formed in 1998 in Wymeswold near Loughborough in Leicestershire, we kid you not. They self-released several albums and settled in London in 2006. The band’s style can loosely be described as alternative rock. They’ve been on a steady rhythm of producing about one album a year. Next to collaborations and performances, in the studio and alive, with luminaries like Daniel Johnston, Stanley Brinks and Darren Hayman. On another level, notice the total absence of a guitar pedal effects or keyboard which in turn adds distinction to their style.

The members of the band are David Tattersall (guitar, vocals), Franic Rozicky (bass guitar) and Jonny «Huddersfield» Helm (drums). For «Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon» the sought the collaboration with Billy Childish who co-wrote some of the songs produced and contributed some guitar to this new work. This is how David described the circumstances of their collaborative effort: «The first time we met Billy was in his painter’s studio in Chatham. We were a bit intimidated meeting one of our heroes. He was simply great. He was in his painter’s overalls and we talked like old acquaintances. After that everything moved its own. Billy’s highly inspired. He knows exactly what he’s doing.» Two John Fogerty tunes, «Sinister Purpose» and «Green River» complete this disc. 

The result is garage rock at its best – silky and smooth like motor oil. The heat of leader David Tattersalls searing guitar will come at you wave after powerful wave from every direction. Brash bass guitar and machine gun drumming round things up for these glittering jewels in the British music crown. One of their song’s «More Street, Less TV». And stop drinking in front of the cat.

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