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Jump in for a night of music that will break against hearts, drown out the tedious noise of nine-to-five and wash away the stain of tub-thumping pain. For fourteen years The Wave Pictures have charted the offbeat, independent seas braved by artists including Jonathan Richman, Tom Verlaine and Morrissey. On 10 August they will land at The Gordon Hotel, Rochester. Brace yourself for a night of kitchen-sink storms with the raw power to electrify souls.
The Wave Pictures first set sail in 1998. Twelve albums later they are still delivering low-fi, rock-popped gems that have gained them a cult following across Europe and America and seen the band work with Daniel Johnston, Herman Dune and The Mountain Goats.
Their 2012 LP, Long Black Cars, showcases what makes The Wave Pictures such a musical pleasure. Wry, sharp lyrics that tell tales on the murkier underbelly of the emotional spectrum. Simple, sparse arrangements that can jangle the knees at one turn and shiver the spine at the next. And at the centre is David Tattersall, whose virtuoso six-string licks and synapse-searing melodies live long after the needle has stopped.
Second on the bill is Vlks, a band powered and fronted by Dave Goggin. Dave’s last band, the Medway-based Brigadier Ambrose, was long-listed for the 2011 Mercury Award. His new incarnation inhabits the blood-lit shadows of a bordello soul, haunted by the sweltering and strange hearts of some of England’s finest auteurs, from Luke Haines and Damon Albarn to Thom Yorke. Lamenting the glow of the pinkest of moons, the acoustic folk of Es Muss Sein completes the line-up for the night.
Since launching in September 2011, Tea Concerts has brought to Medway, Brighton and London some of the finest bands currently shaping the musical underground including: The Tigercats, The Bobby McGees and Darren Hayman. Tea Concerts follows The Wave Pictures with BBC 6 Music favourite Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, at The Beacon Court, Gillingham, on 8 September.
Venue: The Gordon House Hotel, Rochester High Street,
Date: 10 August, 2012.
Doors open 8pm.
Tickets £7.50 advance.
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