The Wave Pictures prep ‘Brushes with Happiness’ (listen to “Jim”)
The Wave Pictures are one of the UK's most prolific independent bands and 2018 will see them release two albums: Brushes With Happiness is out on June 22 via Moshi Moshi, and then Look Inside Your Heart in October. For Brushes with Happiness, the band set up a few rules: frontman David Tattersal didn't write any music prior to the recording sessions, just lyrics; everything on the record is a first take, and the songs didn't take any shape till put to tape; and they recorded it drunk and high, late at night, so to be as loose as possible.
Despite these constructs, Brushes with Happiness is a cohesive-sounding record, as you can hear on the bluesy single "Jim," which premieres in this post. "The blues is very important to us," Tattersall tells us. "One of the questions we ask ourselves is: how do you play the blues without actually playing a blues? The blues is all about mystery, mystery as a fact of everyday life. What people call mundane is really magical, they are just blind to it." Stream "Jim" below.
The Wave Pictures will also be on a UK tour in June and all dates are listed, along with album and single art, below.
THE WAVE PICTURES - JUNE 2018 DATES
14 EDINBURGH - SNEAKY PETE'S
15 GLASGOW - CCA
16 NEWCASTLE - CLUNY 2
17 MANCHESTER - DEAF INSTITUTE
18 NOTTINGHAM - THE MAZE
19 CARDIFF - CLWB IFOR BACH
20 BRIGHTON - KOMEDIA
21 BIRMINGHAM - HARE AND HOUNDS
22 LANCASTER - THE YORKSHIRE HOUSE
23 CAMBRIDGE - STOREYS FIELD CENTRE
24 SHEFFIELD - PICTURE HOUSE
25 BRISTOL - THE FLEECE
26 OXFORD - THE JERICHO TAVERN