City_ForgivenessLast year, The Wave Pictures spent 6 weeks driving around America in a small van with Allo Darlin’. The result of this trip is their fifth studio album – the double album ‘City Forgiveness’ released via Moshi Moshi on October 21st.“We visited Hank Williams’ house and Billy The Kid’s grave, watched the Golden Gate bridge disappear into the clouds, and had our frisbee confiscated by a cop. We played some great shows together, and we became good friends, and we drove and we drove and we drove and we drove” explains vocalist and lyricist Dave Tattersall.

Whist they drove Tattersall scribbled in a notebook – “anything that popped into my head” and on his return found “a few hundred crumpled well-travelled pages in at the bottom of my bag.”

These crumpled notes formed the basis of City Forgiveness and in Wave Pictures typically prolific style, Tattersall wrote twenty songs in “a very jet-lagged and confused week.”

They clearly had a double album on their hands; not a concept album about America so much as a testament to the way that travel excites the imagination. The title came to Tattersall in a dream and reminds him of “City Lights; the Charlie Chaplin movie and the Los Angeles company who published Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’.”

The Wave Pictures took a trip to Toe Rag Studios to record this exclusive footage of The Woods, taken fromCity Forgiveness. The song is inspired by a myriad of touring experiences – both good and bad – “visiting the Buddy Holly museum, playing pool with locals, sleeping on mattresses infested with the cocoons of black widow spiders….”, it’s typical of Tattersall’s wry observational style. Watch it below..

Ahead of the album’s release, The Wave Pictures hit the road for an extensive UK tour with a headlining show at London’s Jazz Café on November 13th


11 – CAMBRIDGE, Portland Arms

12 – CARDIFF, Full Moon Club

13- NOTTINGHAM, Spankys


15 – BRISTOL, Lousiana

18 – LEICESTER, The Musician

19 – LIVERPOOL, Kazimar

20 – EDINBURGH, The Pleasure Theatre

22 – GLASGOW – Mono

23 – NEWCASTLE, Cluny

24 – PRESTON, tbc

25 – HULL, The Adelphi

26 – LEEDS, Brudenell

27 – MANCHESTER, Soup Kitchen

28 – BRIGHTON, The Haunt


13 – LONDON, Jazz Café

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