MUSIC: The Wave Pictures appear at The Grand

Wave Pictures
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INDUSTRY acclaim for the The Wave Pictures might have taken its time to arrive but is in full flow right now.

This is a band that has existed since 1998 and their song-writing has been fairly prolific, but it has been the past few years and their latest two albums – Beer in the Breakers and Long Black Cars – that has seen them develop new audiences all over Europe. This inventive and talented trio plays charming, witty pop songs, drenched in gawky glee and provincial romanticism. Nods to The Smiths, Jarvis Cocker and Suede prevail in their splendid three-minute ditties but musically, they plough their own furrow, led by the masterful guitar work of singer David Tattersall.

Supporting the Wave Pictures is the new voice of Glasgow, Jonnie Common, whose debut album The Hair of the Dog has been followed up by a new single, Figurehead, receiving plenty exposure on BBC Radio 6Music. Lancaster band Stephen Hudson and the Fiat Pandas open the show.

The Wave Pictures, Jonnie Common and Stephen Hudson and the Fiat Pandas, play at The Grand this Saturday (Feb. 9th), as part of the Cloudspotting Festival Launch Party (Doors 7 p.m., Stage 7-30 p.m., £10 advance tickets).