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The Wave Pictures ready ‘Bamboo Diner in the Rain’ (watch the “Pool Hall” video)

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Prolific UK band The Wave Pictures return with new album Bamboo Diner In The Rain on November 11 via Moshi Moshi. The record is, according frontman David Tattersall, a battle against “robot music,” drawing inspiration from primitive blues and early American folk while still being, unmistakably, a Wave Pictures album. “We have a style of our own already, the way your eyes have a colour,” says Tattersal. “We don’t want to be a blues band. But the blues is there, at the invisible core of everything we do. We love it.” Read more on Tattersall’s thoughts on the new LP, and stream first single “The Running Man.”

The new single from the album is “Pool Hall” which looks at gentrification and encroaching real estate, and we’ve got the premiere of its video which was directed by Chris Shepherd. He tells us, “So many favourite haunts have bitten the developers bullet. Pubs, pool halls, cinemas, music venues are all been made over into flats. My London has slowly been disappearing so to hear this in a song is powerful and important.” You can watch the video below.

The Wave Pictures will be on tour in the UK in November, those dates are listed below.


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The Wave Pictures – Bamboo Diner in the Rain tracklist
1. Panama Hat
2. Now I Want To Hoover My Brain Clean
3. Bamboo Diner Rag
4. Hot Little Hand
5. H. D. Rider
6. Newcastle Rain
7. Pool Hall
8. Meeting Simon At The Airport
9. Bamboo Diner In The Rain
10. The Running Man

We wanted to make an album as open-heartedly great as ‘’Boogie With Canned Heat’’ or “Rory Gallagher’’ by Rory Gallagher. We also love the American Primitives, John Fahey especially. What are The Wave Pictures but English Primitivists?

The Wave Pictures are strange: an indie rock band with absolutely no indie rock influences. For years, all we’ve listened to has been the classic blues and rock and roll of America in the 50s and 60s. And yet, we’re always disliked those retro acts who slavishly copy the look and the sound, the haircuts and the fonts of the past, but miss the unfettered spirit of the music they love. We have a style of our own already, the way your eyes have a colour. We don’t want to be a blues band. But the blues is there, at the invisible core of everything we do. We love it.

You see, these days the kids like their music to be made by machines, even when it pretends otherwise. The kids don’t seem to fear the machines (as I do, having been so profoundly affected at a young age by the first two Terminator movies) and so they happily switch on their computers and listen to robots singing. Well, one day those robots will rise up and kill us all. Listen instead, kids, to The Wave Pictures, the band that will someday soundtrack the resistance. We are the real thing, you know. The only reason the press haven’t noticed is that they are besotted with the machine music of robots, too. Ah, but no robot could swing the way Franic Rozycki swings his tugboat bass on a mighty blues-rock anthem such as “Now I Want To Hoover My Brain Clean” or “Panama Hat”, which will not sound right until it is heard crackling through a broken radio in a burned out basement after the robot apocalypse, a last little sign of human life on earth. The resistance starts here.

This is the most personal album I’ve made so far. In fact, that’s the whole idea of the band, to become more and more authentically ourselves on record. To grow inwards. Like everything on this dark and strange little album. It’s not robot music.

The Wave Pictures – 2016 UK Tour Dates:
Thu 03 Nov – Manchester – Deaf Institute
Fri 04 Nov – Halifax – Arden Road Social Club
Sat 05 Nov – Sheffield – Plug
Sun 06 Nov – Nottingham – The Maze
Mon 07 Nov – Cambridge – The Portman Arms
Tue 08 Nov – Leeds The Brudenell Social Club
Wed 09 Nov – Hull – Adelphi
Thu 10 Nov – Edinburgh – The Electric Circus
Sat 12 Nov – Glasgow – CCA/Saramago Café Bar
Sun 13 Nov – Newcastle – Cluny 2
Mon 14 Nov – Birmingham – Hare and Hounds
Sun 20 Nov – Bristol – Start The Bus
Mon 21 Nov – Brighton – Komedia Brighton
Thu 01 Dec – London, XOYO (tickets)
Fri 02 Dec – Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall

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