Okay, this is postponed. Get well soon chesty man. But come to the new date, whenever that may be.
David Tattersall needs a hobby. The Wave Pictures’ ever-boyish frontman has released a dizzying amount of music since 2006’s Sophie became the first collection to see general release; five full-length albums, two EPs, a solo LP, countless singles and at least two self-released collaborative albums. Asked to contribute a Springsteen cover to Where It’s At Is Where You Are’s 2009 tribute record, they turned in a whole album’s worth and gave it away with a single. Given the regularity with which TWP turned out CD-R collections in their Cardiff-dwelling years – all filled with deliciously literate, pointed pop, sometimes knowingly and charmingly clumsy, often tethered to swooningly memorable choruses – this compulsion to write, record, release must stretch to a couple of hundred songs over nearly a decade.
In keeping with this tireless pace, May’s Beer In The Breakers is followed swiftly by The Lobster Boat, a collaboration with one Howard Hughes of French outfit Coming Soon. If the songs are collaborations, they reinforce what’s become a classic Wave Pictures template; much in the way that Tattersall’s early duets with Andre Herman Dune were dominated by the latter’s sing-speak and mordant, bitter phrasing, so Hughes’ contributions are initially hard to distinguish. The wordy, observational lyrics are as acute as ever, the vocals a shade more grave in tone, but the songcraft and brilliantly unorthodox, anachronistic guitar solos are unmistakeable. The touring band takes the album’s name and features personnel from both bands; a tour blog, with a few bonus live tracks and covers, is found at http://lobsterboat.tumblr.com/.
THE LOBSTER BOAT
(feat. David & Franic Wave Pictures)
& THE JOY COLLECTIVE DJS
Monday 26th September 8pm
£4 adv / £5 doors – http://www.wegottickets.co
241 cocktails til 10pm
Bottles from £2, pints from £2.50, wine from £1.80, Tequila/Sambuca £2 til 11pm
THE LOBSTER BOAT is a side project of Dave Tattersall (from THE WAVE PICTURES) and Howard Hughes (from COMING SOON) – but this live show will feature Franic Wave Pictures.
It was written and recorded in a few days in Paris & London. They were inspired by CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, HOWLIN’ WOLF, THE ROLLING STONES, STANLEY BRINKS, CRISPIN GLOVER, FRIDAY THE 13TH (final chapter), BRUCE WILLIS and ELMORE LEONARD.
SPECTRES – Bristol based noisy swirly freak out, a bit like Sonic Youth.
DANCERS – new noise pop band originally from North Wales.