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   The Wave Pictures - Susan Rode The Cyclone (2010)

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The Wave Pictures are an English rock band consisting of David Tattersall (vocals and guitar), Franic Rozycki (bass guitar) and Jonny Helm (drums).
They recorded and self-released a string of albums before settling in London. Then they released the albums Sophie (2006), Instant Coffee Baby (2008), If You Leave It Alone (2009), Play Some Pool (Bruce Springsteen tribute) (2009) and Susan Rode the Cyclone released on April 13th 2010, in Spain on Acuarela Records, Germany by Little Teddy Records and Italy by Interbang Records.

Interview with David Tattersall singer and guitarist of the band:

David Tattersall

S: When and how was The Wave Pictures born?

D: In the Midlands of England, about ten years ago, playing music with Franic Rozycki on bass guitar, learning how to write songs and sing them in public, inspired by our favourite music.

S: Where is the name of the band coming from?

D: Zoe Leonard, an artist who took a series of photographs of the sea and called them 'Wave Pictures'.

: How and when did all begin with music? 

D: I began playing the guitar when I was six years old. I always loved the guitar. I started to get quite good at playing it when I was ten. I wanted to learn how to play guitar like Robert Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis and Ry Cooder and Keith Richards.
S: Do you feel anxious before a show?

D: Sometimes.

S: What musicians or artists had an influence in your life and in your work?

D: There are many musicians that I admire.... Django Reinhardt, The Go-Betweens. The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Leadbelly, Billie Holliday, Bo Diddley, Hefner, Wreckless Eric, Free, The Mississippi Sheiks, Paul Simon, Televsion, AC/DC, Jonathan Richman, John Fahey, Paco De Lucia, Dick Dale, Ali Farka Toure, John Lee Hooker, Neil Young, Silver Jews, Leon Redbone, Muddy Waters... hundreds and hundreds of things....

SDo you remember what was the first CD you bought?

D: I remember buying Bo Diddley: His Greatest Sides volume one, on vinyl. I can't remember what my first cd or cassette was, but I remember the first vinyl record I bought.

    Bo Diddley     

S: Do you think the emotion is different between a song in English and in another language?

D: What I think is that I do not understand what anyone is saying in other languages than English. If I understood the language, I would probably like songs in other languages as much as I like songs in English.

S: How could you define the music of The Wave Pictures?

D: Rock and roll.

: Do you agree with Victor Hugo who said :"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"?

D: Possibly.

S: When you write a song do you follow your heart, your brain or your hand ?

D: It's all going on!

S: What is your favourite song of The Wave Pictures and why?

D: I like ''I Thought Of You Again'', because I can't sing it without connecting to the lyrics I am singing, and because the melody and feel of the song always move me. I don't have a favourite song, but sometimes on stage I can catch myself just going through the motions, and when I sing that one, it always pulls me back in and reconnects me to the music and to the reasons why I wrote it.

S: As musician, what is your feeling about Internet?

D: I am not a fan of the internet. I feel that people should go out and visit independent record stores. More and more record stores are going out of business all the time, because people are downloading music instead of buying records. In the end, only big chain stores can survive, the small businessman is wounded. I think that is a shame because independent record stores add colour and life to a neighbourhood. I also feel that individuals spend too much of their time on the computer and they should go out and about more.

S: You worked with the French duo Herman Düne how was this collaboration?

D: A complete joy. They are wonderful people, wonderful musicians, wonderful songwriters.

S: What usually happens on "Friday Night In Loughborough"?

D: It is a good example of the terrible attitude of the British towards drinking, and the disregard we have as a country for our shared spaces. There is nowhere to go in the evening in Loughborough except the pub, whereas in European towns they have cafes and things and generally a less hostile and aggressive atmosphere everywhere. The drunk takes over the English town for the evening.

S: Was there a particular moment that led you to decide to record a whole album of Bruce Springsteen covers?

D: We did it for fun, and because we love playing music together.

: What are your hobbies aside music?

D: I enjoy reading. I particularly like Charles Bukowski, D.H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck. I also enjoy playing pool.

S: Where would you like to play in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit?

D: I'd love to see many countries and play shows there... Japan, Australia, Israel... I love that I get to see the world a little bit through being in the band.

S: What is the best moment and best place to listen to your music?

D: I think we are at our best in concert.

S: I know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep just one album from your CD collection what album would it be?

D: It's a vinyl record... Blonde on Blonde, by Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
S: What was the last song you listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be the next?

D: I just listened to ''Merci Bon Dieu'' by Harry Belafonte. He had a very good guitarist called Franz Casseus on some of his recordings. I don't like Harry Belafonte's signing, but I like the guitar playing of Franz Casseus on the track ''Merci Bon Dieu''. The next song I am intending to listen to is ''Massachusetts'' by The Bee Gees.

S: Can you tell us the name of one French song, or singer, or band?

D: ''Merci Bon Dieu'' is French isn't it? Maybe not. I like Francois Hardy's voice. I like some of her recordings.

S: And say something in French?

D: Bonjour! Je m'appelle David! Bon appetit! I really must learn French. I'm sorry I can't do any better.

S: What are your plans for the nearest future?

D: Walking in the rain.... playing my guitar.... eating beans on toast.

MANY thanks to David and The Wave Pictures, and Moshi Moshi Records for the interview!

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