Recorded over 4 days in New York City, The Wave Pictures return with their fourth album, Long Black Cars - 12 tracks of wry, observational lyrics "peppered with details of the everyday."
Produced by the band, Long Black Cars also features star turns from Wave Pictures favourites Turner Cody and The WoWz and was inspired by topics as diverse as Humphrey Bogart, the story of Job and police brutality.
Frontman Dave Tattersall's vocals are familiarly rich, warm and soulful, with bassist Franic Rozycki's fretwork on fine form for stand out track Never Go Home Again. Accompanied by an unusually mournful arrangement that perfectly reverberates the song's narrative about a couple on the run, the result is pure poetry through an almost elegiac solemnity.
Proceeding track My Head Gets Screwed On Tighter Every Year deals with the theme of family feuds - in it, a man addresses his long lost brother - and faces the reality that it is often those closest to you that one knows the least.
Elsewhere, standout track Eskimo Kiss features drummer Jonny 'Huddersfield' Helm's first recorded vocal on a Wave Pictures album. "This song is very New York to me...a very enigmatic, dark and mysterious lyric, but still peppered with details of the everyday." says Dave Tattersall. Concentrating on finding the beautiful moments in the everyday, Eskimo Kiss ponders the little things that keep life exciting.
It's an overarching theme throughout Long Black Cars - "The point is not that it is interesting to sing about the mundane rather than the magical, but that we find the mundane magical: the everyday amazes me." Explains Tattersall.
On this, their fourth album for Moshi Moshi, The Wave Pictures once again blend their perfect mixture of minor key ballads and characteristic rock'n'roll harmonies - the result is the ebullient, sardonic pop they've come to be cherished for.
In support of the album THE WAVE PICTURES embark on a UK tour in March:
21 LEEDS - Brudenell Social
23 SUNDERLAND - Bar One
24 MANCHESTER - The King's Arms
26 NOTTINGHAM - Chameleon
27 MILTON KEYNES - SNO!Bar
28 CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
29 BRISTOL - Fleece
30 TRURO - Bunters
1 SOUTHAMPTON Cellar
2 LONDON - Old Blue Last
3 LONDON - Old Blue Last
4 LONDON - Old Blue Last
5 BRIGHTON - Green Door Store ;
6 CHELTENHAM - Frog & Fiddle