Many apologies for the delay. I know you all need up-to-minute snobbery news.
In any event, Tuesday night at Mercury Lounge was a mini-Brit Pop showcase, as the righteous dudes of Wave Pictures and the sweet and kind lads and lady of Allo Darlin' kicked off their North American tour.
Let me tell you about those Wave Pictures fellas. They might not look like much -- they are not fancy pants, posh boys like other British bands -- but these guys can play on point. David Tattersall can bust out some killer guitar riffs without blinking an eye, and does it without doing your stereotypical "guitar god" poses. He sort of just stands back and magic comes out of his fingers.
The strength of the Wave Pictures is how basic and uncluttered their music is. The band is three guys who are not necessarily going to blow you way with some massive output, but they'll impress with their tightly back pop-rock tunes. They've had a steady stream of output for over a decade, either self-releasing LPs, EPs and single or via my friends at Moshi Moshi. They're latest release for the label is called Long Black Cars.
I couldn't stay long for Allo Darlin', but I still got my fix. Bands don't like the label "twee" associated with them. I guess the term conjures up a genre of childlike enthusiasm, flaky vocals, kid instruments and geeky t-shirts. So I'll call a band like Allo Darlin' Pep Pop. They are indeed peppy people. Leader Liz Morris can jam out with her tiny guitar like no body's business.
I saw them two CMJs ago and they have a little bit more of a stage presence now that they have two albums under their belt. The new album, Europe (out now via Slumberland), is a more softer album in general, but it still has those gleeful exuberant pop feeling that Allo Darlin' thrives on.
- Neil Armstrong
- The Polaroid Song
- Silver Dollars
- Some People Say
- The Letter
- My Heart Is A Drummer